NOTES FROM THE COUNSELOR:
MRS. DIANNA GILMORE
TASP EXEMPTION SCORES:
ACT: 23 Composite, 19 English subscore, 19 Math subscore
SAT: 1070 Composite, 500 English subscore, 500 Math subscore
Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos:
Freshman Admission Includes: Texas Common Application (pasts I, II), Essay (select one from Topic A, B, or C), an official high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores, application fee of $25. Fall deadline is July 1, 2000 , for admission but scholarship deadline is February 1, 2000. College days at SWT are February 19, 2000, and April 15, 2000. Mrs. Gilmore has a book of scholarship information related only to SWT!! Go by and ASK!!
The Carr P. Collins Scholarship, a $3,275 annual and 4 year renewable scholarship is awarded to those who have demonstrated leadership through service. To be considered, applicants must meet unconditional admission policy, have a minimum of 1250 on SAT or a 28 on ACT, be in the top quarter of your class, and be a Texas resident.
Clarendon offers a variety of academic programs with average class sizes of 20. Clarendon's costs are well below that of a 4 year college and even some 2 year institutions.
St. Edward's University; Austin, Texas:
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a freshmen level scholarship program designed to offer educational opportunities to the sons and daughters of migrant and seasonal farmworkers. This allows first year students to cover: tuition, books and materials, room and board, transportation, health insurance, and a modest monthly stipend. They also receive academic and support services through their educational career. To be eligible: you and your parents must have engaged in migrant work or seasonal farmwork. If you wish to graduate from St. Edward's then you can expect to receive financial aid for your freshman through senior years in college. Application deadline is prior to March 1, 2000.
West Texas A&M University:
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) provides a $2,650 scholarship to seniors identified as migrants and attend West Texas A&M. Mrs. Gilmore has CAMP applications which must be submitted by April 28, 2000.
University of North Texas:
Entering freshmen may apply for a $4,000 Multicultural Scholastic Award. To be eligible they must have: SAT (920) or ACT (19), top quarter of their class and must agree to participate in the Home for the Holidays program to share UNIT information with students, teachers, and counselors. Must apply before February 1, 2000.
Types of Financial Aid for College Bound Students:
1. Scholarship - money given for academic, athletic, music, art, or some other ability that does not have to be repaid. Full athletic scholarships are rare, and it is ony unusually gifted athletes who receive them. Music and aret scholarships are even more rare.
2. Grants - Money given based upon financial need that does not need to be repaid. Pell grant ranges from $400 to $2,470 per year. Beginning next year, July 1, 2000, college students who win Pell grants but later drop out must repay money they don't use. The pay-back rule applies to students who withdraw from school before 60 percent of the term is over. They will have to repay half of what they didn't use for their education. Once notified by the school they owe money, ex-students will have 45 days to repay or devise a repayment plan. If not, they will be ineligible for future grants or federal student loans.
3. Loans - Money given to cover the cost of college beyond what the family or student can expect to pay. Money must be repaid and accrues interest during its term and repayment period. Federal loans (the popular Stafford loan) are low interest loans available to students. There is a maximum amount that can be borrowed, depending upon year in school.
4. Second Mortgages
5. Retirement Savings
6. Family Contributions
Now is the time to start researching potential colleges and universities you may be interested in.
If you haven't decided on a college or applied, you need to get started. Check out registration deadlines for admissions, housing, financial aid, and scholarships.
If you are wondering whether you should retest on the SAT, remember that the average change between the spring of your junior year and the fall of your senior year is 12 points on Verbal and 13 points in Math. The score of over half of repeat test takers rises, over a third decline.
SAT II: SUBJECT TESTS -- One hour exams in areas of English, Languages, History and Social Studies, Sciences, and Mathematics. They measure skills and knowledge you have developed in a particular subject. They may be taken at the completion of a course anytime during high school. Some colleges recommend SAT II: Subject Tests for admission or placement.
SAT: Jan. 22 April 8 May 6 June 3
ACT: Feb. 12 April 1 June 10
TASP: March 4 April 29 June 17 July 22
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