The Best College For your Son Or Daughter - And How To Get There!
Who Should Consider Using CCS?
Sophomores: The sophomore year is a time to consider high school course selections for the junior and senior years, and how these choices can impact the college preference and final decision. Preliminary college admission testing begins with the PLAN and the PSAT. These tests and their results are the beginning of test preparation for the testing of the ACT, SAT I, and the SAT II, in the junior year.
Juniors: The junior year is combined with actual test taking of the PSAT (National Merit Scholarship), SAT I, SAT II, and ACT, scholarship possibilties, college visits, receiving college information, attending college fairs, keeping records of one's activities for development of a resumé, parents becoming involved in the college choice process, gathering college materials and applications, asking for teacher recommendations, taking Advanced Placement Exams, applying for summer courses, jobs, or volunteer work, being visited by college athletic coaches or departments, filing for service academics or ROTC scholarships and planning for the senior academic year.
Seniors: The senior year is a time of action. The decisions made this year will impact your four years of college. The year is filled with deadlines, deadlines, deadlines! There are schedules of testing (ACT, SAT I, and SAT II) as well as Advanced Placement Exams; the college list is finalized, college visits ongoing, essays written, interviews set and college fairs to attend. In addition, the resumé is to be completed, teacher recommendations to be acquired, and decisions to apply early action, early decision, or regular decision. The cost, being a major factor, prompts investigating and submitting private scholarship forms and making major decisions like accepting athletic scholarship offerings that will impact the college choice. Financial Aid forms, FAFSA or CSS Profile, are to be filled out, college applications acquired and filled out and sent, a time-table to be set and followed, and making the final decision of the college to attend. During this college decision year, you, the student, have the responsibility to succeed academically in your senior year.
As college application deadlines draw near, high school seniors face perplexing questions. How can I make my application stand out in the college selective process? How can I convey my personal experiences on an application form? Is the college going to take time to understand and think about me, my energies, my curiosities, and even my goals?
Trying to condense a lifetime onto a set of forms can de a difficult and frustrating task for a student. The college, however, has the responsibility of reading each application thoughtfully, seeking the writer's strengths, talents, abilities and potential to succeed at that institution. Even though this partnership comes with a variety of tasks for both, you, the student, must present your application uniquely. To make your application stand out, College Counseling Services will assist in this process by:
- Thoroughly reviewing your school records, transcript, aptitude and achievement test results. - Helping you explore a variety of educational options to help maximize your success. If you are not yet a senior in high school, advising you on the best courses to take, based on your college/career aspirations. - Advising you on which tests to take, how to prepare and how to interpret the scores relative to the colleges you would like to attend. - Contacting admission officers to discuss any special circumstances. - Helping you explore possible careers and college majors based on your interests and talents. - Helping you understand the selection criteria of the most competitive colleges or programs or the schools that are "reach" schools for you. - Helping you narrow your college choices and make a final decision. - Reviewing the draft copies of your applications. - Critiquing, revising, editing, and evaluating all application materials. - Guiding you through your college essay and editing where necessary. - Helping you gather recommendations. - Preparing a Pre-College Resumé that encompasses all information sought by colleges. - Counseling on specific needs, such as athletic recruiting and artistic portfolios. - Teaching you interview techniques, including role-play. - Assisting you with the financial aid application and scholarship options. - Providing a timeline for you to meet application and scholarship deadlines. - Providing advice on early action, early decision, regular admissions, wait-list, deferrals and acceptances. - Helping you make the final college choice!
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Getting admitted into college is a trying experience. But, for many high school seniors and their families who need help paying for college, dealing with all the facets involved in the financial aid process and attaining scholarships can be even more agonizing.
The high cost of college and how to pay for it is a growing concern for families. Finanacial Aid packages vary from college to college and this factor alone can determine a college choice. Because college is an investment in the student's future, College Counseling Services encourages students to apply to all of the colleges they are interested in, regardless of the initial cost, and will assist the student by:
- Providing an understanding of the terminology of financial aid. - Advising on the appropriate forms to be used for specific colleges. - Providing information about different types of aid packages available at the student's target colleges. - Helping to interpret the Student Aid Report. - Helping to research private and college scholarships. - Discussing possibilties for merit and/or need based aid.
College Counseling Services, L.L.C., Esther Scheuer