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Helpful advice from college planning night

KC writer Brandi Marlin recaps some of the important advice offered from Tuesday night's college planing event.

KC writer Brandi Marlin recaps some of the important advice offered from Tuesday night's college planing event.

Brandi Marlin

KC writer Brandi Marlin recaps some of the important advice offered from Tuesday night's college planing event.

Brandi Marlin

Brandi Marlin

KC writer Brandi Marlin recaps some of the important advice offered from Tuesday night's college planing event.

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TOWAMENCIN- As all students know, planning and getting ready for college can be the most stressful part of your time as a high school student. To many, it seems that no matter how you attempt to plan, you are doing it wrong. On February 26th, North Penn High School held a college planning night to help students who feel lost in the college buzz. Here are the highlights from the night and the top tips the counselors provided:

Naviance:

  • About tab: do strength explorer surveys and write your resume to keep track of all your accomplishments
  • College- advanced college search: do college search and research colleges that you might want to apply to

The Options: different degrees

  • Four year college: bachelor’s degree, 2+2 or 3+2 masters program built in
  • Two year college: associates degree or certificate, MCCC 4 year program with partner school, technical or trade school certificate
  • How to pick your college: location, size, academic majors, competitiveness, cost, experiences

Academic Performance: what will colleges see

  • All classes 9th-12th and final grades
  • Attendance
  • Weighted and unweighted GPA

The process: year by year what to do

  • Sophomore year: work hard, earn good grades, get involved, PSAT, career day, college and career research
  • Junior year: work hard, earn good grade, continue with activities, work on Naviance, visit campus
  • Senior year: visit campus, begin working on applications, be aware of deadlines, Naviance boot camp, college application night September 10th

Standardized Testing: options

  • SAT, SAT II, ACT
  • A tutor or tutor book can help boost your scores

Your statistics (GPA and class rank)

  • Based on 5 majors
  • IFE: ineligible for exclusion (certain classes are ineligible to be excluded)
  • 9-12 ranked

Resources Available

  • College and Career center (student and family appointments)
  • Naviance
  • Guidance office
  • College representatives and fairs
  • College admission websites and offices
  • FAFSA: application required to be considered for all federal aid; must be submitted as soon as possible after October 1st of senior year
  • FAFSA4Caster: provides students and families with an early estimate of eligibility for federal student financial assistance
  • FAFSA Pin: apply for your pin number required to complete FAFSA
  • Smart Track
  • CSS/Financial Aid Profile- College Board: some colleges or scholarships require completion of this profile to apply for aid
  • PA HIgh education assistance agency
  • Smart Track: A college and financial aid predictor. Percentages of college aid from each specific college
  • Fast web, Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid: scholarship search engine
  • Merit Aid: guide to merit and academic scholarships across the U.S.
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