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  • Post 696 - Financial Aid Info - Day 3

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 4/25/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise               Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Post 696 - Financial Aid Info - Day 3

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Yes, there are several things you can do when working with the college financial aid department.

    1.  Know the procedure your college requires for filing an appeal.  This information is most likely posted on the college's financial aid website.

    2.  Make a decision whether you or your parent will contact the financial aid office.  In talking with most financial aid officers, they all say that they are most impressed when the student makes the call.  However, if the student cannot answer the questions that the individual will ask then it might be best if the parent or a spokesperson calls for the student.

    3.  It is imperative that you are prepared to provide the required documentation.  This type of documentation could be birth certificates, court papers, letters from professionals that have known you such as school counselors or principals.  

    4.  It is also important for you to know how attractive you are to the college.  If you feel you are a student who the college sees as very desirable, then by all means ask for more merit aid particularly if your grades are strong and test scores are strong.  If you have had contact with a professor or coach, then it might be wise for them to put in a good word for you.

    5.  It is of the utmost importance when seeking more aid to make certain you have other offers in hand when approaching your college - other offers of what you are seeking at this top school.  Show them what other colleges are willing to give you to come to their college; it can make a huge difference.

    6.  Stay positive - do not give the college an ultimatum - like:  "If you don't give me more money then I will not be able to attend this school!"  Instead, explain why this college is your number one.  

    7.  Remember your manners when talking to these individuals - say please and thenk you!  Enough Said!!

     

    I hope this info helps you and your parents talk with financial aid personnel.  

     

    Have a great Tuesday!

     

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  • Post 695 - Financial Aid Info - Day 2

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 4/24/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise               Monday, April 24, 2017

    Post 695 - Financial Aid Info - Day 2

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Suppose you are not happy with the financial aid package presented by your favorite colllege.  If that is the case, then do the following:

    1.  Act quickly - Grants and scholarships go fast so do not sit on your package; but instead, react immediately.

    2.  Correct errors as quickly as possible.

    3.  Make certain to report any financial changes your family experiences by giving the college the new information as soon as possible.

    4.  These life changes that must be reported:

          Death

          Disability

          Divorce - separation - or remarriage

          Birth of a sibling

          Care of an elderly parent

    5.  These financial changes should be reported immediately

          Unemployment

          Lowered income

          Moved Sold or lost home

          Tuition for a sibling at a private school

          Sudden increase in child care expenses

          Number of siblings attending college

          Number of dependents change

    6.  Ask for more money

    7.  Ask for the college to change your costs of attendance.

    More tomorrow on how to work with your college!

     

    Happy Monday....Have a wonderful day and a great week!

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  • Post 694 - Understand your options of each financial aid package!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 4/21/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise                Friday, April 21, 2017

    Post 694 - Understand your options of each financial aid package!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Many students are in the process of receiving numerous financial aid packages.  Each and every school you apply to provides a financial package and many are better than others.  Last year, I was working with a student who genuinely wanted to attend a specific private college in North Carolina.  This particular student had an EFC - (Estimated Family Contribution) of $0 - the family could not contribute any money to the child's education.  Knowing this infomation, we were extremely hopeful that the college would use federal, state, and institutional monies to develop a strong finanical aid package.  This school cost $47,000 per year to attend.  When his financial aid package arrived, it was ridiculous - they had awarded him $20,000 of the $47,000 meaning this student with an EFC of $0 was going to have to pay $27,000 out of pocket - NO WAY!  This same student received a financial aid package from a public university that costs approximately $16,000 per year.  He was awarded Federal, State, and institutional monies totally $15, 300 meaning the student with an EFC of $0 was responsible to pay $700.  Even though the later was a much better deal, it was not the students first choice.  However, he knew a good deal when he saw it and he accepted the 2nd finanical aid package - which was a very wise decision.

    Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! 

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  • Post 693 - Waitlist - Day 4!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 4/20/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise                Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Post 693 - Waitlist - Day 4!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    If I am waitlisted, how do I respond to the college?

    1.  Let them know you want to be on the waitlist list! Follow their intructions to a "T."

    2.  Let them know you are willing to drop everything and respond with a yes no matter the fact when you might hear will be late June or even July or first of August.

    3.  Write a letter to the college saying that you are willing to stay on the Waitlist until the very end.  This letter should be very positive.

    4.  Make certain to stay in contact with at least one admission counselor.  Send an end of the year up date on your grades, awards, accomplishments, etc.

    5.  Send a new letter of recommendation.

    6.  If you can say this, then do so:  I will not need financial aid!

    7.  Don't overdo it: but be persistent!

    No matter what...... follow the procedures presented by the college.

     

    Have a wonderful Thursday!

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  • Post 692 - Waitlist - Day 3!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 4/18/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise                Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Post 692 - Waitlist - Day 3!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Here are some things you should definitely do if you are on the waitlist at your top college:

    1.  Decide if you want to stay on the waitlist.  Go to the college Website and follow the Waitlist Procedures.  This is very important.  Keep in mind:  stayng on the waitlist makes you last in line for all things at this college:  courses, financial aid, housing, parking - all things! 

    2.  Make plans to attend another college on your list of acceptances.  Go ahead and send your deposit in to this school.  By sending in your deposit, you are assured of having a place - room, course schedule, parking, financial aid if needed - you have a reserved spot!

    3.  Follow through with all paperwork for the college you accepted.  Go to freshman orientation.  Pick a roommate.  Make certain you have somewhere to attend.

     

    Tomorrow we will discuss how to handle the waitlist school - what things should you do?

    Have a great Wednesday!

     

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  • Post 691 - Waitlist - Day 2!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 4/18/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise                 Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Post 691 - Waitlist - Day 2!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Yesterday, the blog post began a short series of posts focusing on the Waitlist conflict!  

    Yes - waitlisting means you are continuing the college limbo, which at this point in time is not where a student desires to be.  In essence, this means that the college wants you if they have room in the end - in June, but being on the waitlist most definitely does not mean I am in - so what now?

    I first need to make certain I accept admission to another college and send in my deposit - my second choice school.  It is important that you do not rely on being selected off the waitlist at your top school because it simply may not happen.  Some schools will refund your deposit if your status on a waitlist changes for the better, yet others will not.  It is imperative that you understand what your options are at both schools.  

    Tomorrow, more about the Waitlist situation!

    Have a great Tuesday - tell someone about the blog and encouage them to read! 

    Eight weeks remaining!  

     

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  • Post 690 - Why am I Waitlisted?

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 4/17/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise                 Monday, April 17, 2017

    Post 690 - Why am I Waitlisted?

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    What is a college waitlist and why am I on it?

    A college waitlist is a list of students who qualify for admittance and could possibly gain admittance to the college or university if the class does not fill by May 1.  First, colleges must wait to see how many students who have been offered admittance accept the invitation.  They do not know this until after May 1.  Being waitlisted does not guarantee your admittance; they are simply saying that if they have room then there is a chance you will be admitted.  

    Over the next few days we will discuss more about the Waitlist situation.

    Have a great Monday!  Back to school!  Ugh!

     

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  • Post 689 - Day 4 More Myths about the Scholarship Search!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 4/14/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise                 Friday, April 14, 2017

    Post 689 - Day 4 More Myths about the Scholarship Search!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Today's Myths About Scholarships:

    7.  Many students believe that scholarships go to only students who need the money! 

    WRONG!

    Granted some scholarships go to Need-based students and other scholarships go to students based on merit.  Most scholarships give a brief understanding of there purpose.  Don't leave it to chance - apply and let the committees decide.  

    8. Most students believe that their scholarship money will NOT affect their financial aid package. 

    WRONG! 

    This is definitely an incorrect assumption.  If a student earns a scholarship of $5000 and a financial aid package of $20,000, then the $5,000 is subtracted from the $20,000 leaving the financial aid package $15,000.  

     

    Thursday's Myths:

    5.  Many students think that most scholarships can pay their entire college!

    Few - yes only a few - scholarships pay the entire 4 year college costs.  The majority of college scholarships out there cover only a portion of college costs and often are only for one year.  

    6.  Many students believe because they are so talented or athletically inclined the scholarships will come to them automatically!

    Guess what - that is certainly a wrong assumption.  In reality, there are lots of very talented young folks in this big wide world and things don't just fall in your lap.  Talent is helpful but lots goes into being a scholarship recipient such as character, good grades, service, leadership, and so on.

     

    Wednesday's Myths:

    3.  Many believe that millions of scholarships go unclaimed!

    The scholarships that go unclaimed are scholrships with unusual requirements such as a scholarship to only people with a certain name going to a specific scchool, or the student must live in a specific hometown and attending a specific school with an odd major, or a company offers a scholarship in an unique major.  Acutally, most scholarships are competitive and are, in deed, claimed.  So you must compete....go to fastweb.com and use this free scholarship search engine.  It will help you find what you are qualified for as you apply to college.

    4.  Many students believe that scholarship applications are too much for the benefit!

    When students say this type of statement, all I can say is that they are looking for an excuse not to do the work.  Yes, some scholarship applications are long and lengthy, and some are not.  The good thing is:  once you have completed a few applications, it becomes easier and some things can be used more than once.  Scholarships go to the students who are willing to do the work.  

     

    Tuesday's Myths:

    1.  Students can only apply for scholarships during their seinior year of high school!

    Wrong!  Wrong!  Wrong!  Start early and dates often fall during both the junior and senior year of high school and while you are attending your college during Freahman and Sophomore years specifically.  Investigate early and be ready when the time approaches!

    2.  Only studennts with an "A" average receive scholarships!

    Wrong again!  Scholarships are based on various reasons other then grades!  Here are a few:  Writing, Artistic ability, Musical ability, community service, leadership, etc.  Some scholarships are based on financial need. 

    Have a wonderful Friday and a great holiday weekend!

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  • Post 688 - Day 3 Myths about Scholarships!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 4/13/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise                 Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Post 688 - Day 3 Myths about Scholarships!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Today's Myths:

    5.  Many students think that most scholarships can pay their entire college!

    Few - yes only a few - scholarships pay the entire 4 year college costs.  The majority of college scholarships out there cover only a portion of college costs and often are only for one year.  Lots of students become scholarship savvy and learn to apply for lots of scholarships, and they put all of the scholarships together to pay a large portion of their college career.

    6.  Many students believe because they are so talented or athletically inclined the scholarships will come to them automatically!

    WRONG!

    Guess what - that is certainly a wrong assumption.  In reality, there are lots of very talented young folks in this big, wide world and things don't just fall in your lap.  Talent is helpful but lots goes into being a scholarship recipient such as character, good grades, service, leadership, and so on.

     

    Wednesday's Myths:

    3.  Many believe that millions of scholarships go unclaimed!

    The scholarships that go unclaimed are scholrships with unusual requirements such as a scholarship to only people with a certain name going to a specific scchool, or the student must live in a specific hometown and attending a specific school with an odd major, or a company offers a scholarship in an unique major.  Acutally, most scholarships are competitive and are, in deed, claimed.  So you must compete....go to fastweb.com and use this free scholarship search engine.  It will help you find what you are qualified for as you apply to college.

    4.  Many students believe that scholarship applications are too much for the benefit!

    When students say this type of statement, all I can say is that they are looking for an excuse not to do the work.  Yes, some scholarship applications are long and lengthy, and some are not.  The good thing is:  once you have completed a few applications, it becomes easier and some things can be used more than once.  Scholarships go to the students who are willing to do the work.  

     

    Tuesday's Myths:

    1.  Students can only apply for scholarships during their seinior year of high school!

    Wrong!  Wrong!  Wrong!  Start early and dates often fall during both the junior and senior year of high school and while you are attending your college during Freahman and Sophomore years specifically.  Investigate early and be ready when the time approaches!

    2.  Only studennts with an "A" average receive scholarships!

    Wrong again!  Scholarships are based on various reasons other then grades!  Here are a few:  Writing, Artistic ability, Musical ability, community service, leadership, etc.  Some scholarships are based on financial need. 

     

    Have a great Thursday!  Spring Break is so much fun!

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  • Post 687 - Day 2 on Myths of the Scholarship Search!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 4/12/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise                 Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Post 687 - Day 2 on Myths of the Scholarship Search!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Today's continued Myths:

    3.  Many believe that millions of scholarships go unclaimed!

    WRONG!

    The scholarships that go unclaimed are scholrships with unusual requirements such as a scholarship to only people with a certain name going to a specific school, or the student must live in a specific hometown and attending a specific school with an odd major, or a company offers a scholarship in a unique major.  Acutally, most scholarships are competitive and are, in deed, claimed.  So you must compete....go to fastweb.com and use this free scholarship search engine.  It will help you find what you are qualified for as you apply to college.

    4.  Many students believe that scholarship applications are too much for the benefit!

    WRONG!!

    When students say this type of statement, all I can say is that these students are looking for an excuse not to do the work.  Yes, some scholarship applications are long and lengthy, and some are not.  The good thing is:  once you have completed a few applications, it becomes easier and some things can be used more than once.  Scholarships go to the students who are willing to do the work.  No one should expect money to simply be handed to them - there is work in anything worth doing!!

     

    Yesterday's Myths:

    1.  Students can only apply for scholarships during their seinior year of high school!

    Wrong!  Wrong!  Wrong!  Start early and dates often fall during both the junior and senior year of high school and while you are attending your college during Freahman and Sophomore years specifically.  Investigate early and be ready when the time approaches!

    2.  Only studennts with an "A" average receive scholarships!

    Wrong again!  Scholarships are based on various reasons other then grades!  Here are a few:  Writing, Artistic ability, Musical ability, community service, leadership, etc.  Some scholarships are based on financial need. 

    Have a great Wednesday!  Spring Break is awesome!

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