Senior Bulletin, January 10, 2017

dollar-sign How Much Money Did You Get When You Got Admitted?

The College Office is here to help you understand the financial packages you receive.  Grants, scholarships, work study, and loans make up your package, but the bottom line for each college will be different.  Use the attached link to help you figure out your yearly financial responsibilities and how to repay loans: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/next-steps/comparing-aid-offers

Here’s a quick video to help you understand your financial aid package: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z50sQYvrCuk
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Junior Bulletin, January 10, 2017

Remember!!  Test Prep Starts Right Now!

Standardized test scores affect both college and scholarship opportunities. Juniors have already taken the PSAT, which can be a good indicator of potential scores.  The first step in maximizing your performance is to take mock ACT and SAT tests, to discover which are the strongest scores.  To improve scores, we recommend the Khan Courses (affiliated with the College Boards) for SAT prep, as well as on-line mock tests; ACT prep options are described below: students can also use the big red ACT practice book.  For a clear comparison of the ACT and the SAT check out https://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-act.

SLA is partnering with Teach.Com to offer discounted ACT courses right here at SLA.  Click here for more information. Questions should be directed to Maria Ferzola-Lipiros at Maria@teacheachstudent.com or 215.923.TEACH (8322).
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Grades 9-11 Official Transcript Request

Students are sometimes asked to provide an official transcript to an academic institution, summer program, or community agency. All SLA students in grades 9-11 can request official transcripts by completing a Transcript Request form HERE. (When students are asked for unofficial grades, a report card or grade printout from SchoolNet will be sufficient.) Bring all completed requests to the College Office, room 312.

Notes:

  • Allow TWO WEEKS to process the request.
  • If sending request via email, complete the Transcript Request form, scan, and email (preferably in .PDF) back to Mrs. Hirschfield at khirschfield@scienceleaderhsip.org.
  • Seniors who need official transcripts must add it to the Transcript Request Log in the College Office.

Diversity College Fly-In Programs

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Would you like to visit colleges but it’s too far away and expensive? Fly-in programs offer students the opportunity to stay overnight on campus to get a feel of their college environment and see if it’s the right college for you.

Check out this list for colleges who offer fly-in programs with financial assistance for eligible students.

Remember to keep track of the upcoming application deadlines for the programs you are interested in.

Questions to Ask Colleges

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Here are a few scripted questions that Juniors and Seniors can ask when talking to College Admission Representatives:

Around Academics:

-Do you have any professional programs? (eg: does your liberal arts school offer a teaching credential, is your nursing program accredited)

-How many students on campus do research with their professors? How easy will it be for me to find academic mentorship at your school? Continue reading