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College Counseling Update - April 2019

College Counseling Update – April 2019


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Deciphering College Financial Aid Letters
Understanding the Wait List


SENIORS

Bring in scholarship and grant award letters.

All seniors who receive any scholarship or grant awards from any organization or college (whether or not they intend to enroll) must bring a copy of the award letter to the College Counseling Center by Friday, April 5th.  In order for a student’s name to appear in the Graduation Program as a scholarship recipient, he must follow this procedure. Please remember to bring copies of all college acceptance letters to Mrs. Diehl in the College Counseling Center. Seniors should inform teachers where they are going to college and thank the teachers who may have written letters of recommendation on their behalf.

Final Semester - Keep grades up. 
Please be aware that La Salle will send a final transcript in June to the ONE college that the La Salle graduate has deposited to. Admissions decisions are contingent on the successful completion of all course work.  Admissions officers reserve the right to question poor second semester performance and, in some cases, to reverse an admissions decision that has already been made. We have many examples of students whose grades dropped second semester resulting in their receiving letters from the college or university they planned to attend informing them their acceptance will now be re-considered.

Submit admission and housing deposit. 
The National Reply/Matriculation Deposit Date is May 1st. Most residence hall rooms are assigned on a first-come first-served basis, so send the housing deposit as soon as possible.

Do not double deposit.
Under no circumstances should a senior enroll and deposit at more than one college!  Each year some seniors (and parents!) have a difficult time making up their minds about which college to enroll in after they have been accepted. Students may NOT send deposits to more than one college.  This is called “double depositing” and is an unethical practice. Should the colleges involved determine that a student has “double deposited” your son’s admission may be jeopardized. This practice is unfair to other applicants. The “double depositor” is taking up a spot that could go to another student, who will instead be wait-listed or turned down. It is an acceptable practice to deposit at one college and maintain your name on a wait list at another. However, indicating to two colleges that you will be attending by sending deposits to both should not be considered.

Decline admission offers to other colleges. 
After the student has chosen, committed, and deposited to a college, he should write a brief email declining admission to colleges where he has been accepted but will not be attending. This will allow students on a wait list to be accepted and awarded the aid previously held for the accepted student. If a senior does not have the contact information for an admissions representative, he may send his response to the general admissions email.  This is an obligation to be taken seriously.  It enables other students who may be “wait listed” to move up on that waiting list.

Understanding the wait list.
Students who are waitlisted, who wish to still be considered for admission, should immediately respond to the college that they wish to remain on the waiting list. Please refer to the link above for more information. Students should also speak with their college counselor and email or send the local college representative for La Salle College High School a note letting the college admissions officer know how strongly they wish to attend that particular college. Students should also send their 3rd quarter report card/most recent senior grades to the college. However, something to consider is a recent quote from a college admissions officer who talks about colleges not ranking students on their waiting lists.  Instead, decisions about who will rise to the top are often a function of what admissions offices perceive as “deficiencies” in their upcoming freshman class.  There might be, for example, a surplus of aspiring engineers and not enough potential English majors, or too few students from Florida, or there might be an unexpected shortage of musical players. 

There’s money out there.
Our college website, www.lschs.org/college has links to numerous scholarship search sites as well as a variety of posted scholarship opportunities.  Don’t miss out!


JUNIORS

Visits to college campuses are most important in finding the right match. Make every effort to visit campuses while college classes are in session to get a realistic view of campus life. Easter Break is an excellent time for these visits. Students should make a reservations through the college admission website or call the admissions office. Students should email any admission officer they meet after the tour and information session.

A list of academic and community service summer programs for sophomores and juniors is available on our College Counseling website at Pre-Summer Programs link. Many of these programs take place on college campuses locally, nationally, and internationally.

Standardized test scores play a significant part in college admissions and scholarship competitions. Juniors are reminded to be aware of upcoming ACT and SAT test dates.   Many selective colleges require or recommend SAT Subject Tests for admission or placement. If your son is not applying to a highly selective college, then there is no benefit to taking the SAT Subject Tests. There are also over 1,000 colleges that are test optional/flexible. They can be found at www.fairtest.org

Students hoping to play intercollegiate sports should check out the NCAA Eligibility website for a clearer understanding of the recruiting process and the NCAA Eligibility requirements.  Contact coaches and the college counselors with questions.   Another good source of information is the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.    

With the costs of college education increasing, now is a good time to investigate scholarship programs at the Scholarship Information link.  For comprehensive information about financial aid, check out College Links and Resources. An early estimate of eligibility for federal and state financial aid, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), can be calculated at the FAFSA4caster site. Also, please avail of the Net Price Calculator tools that all colleges provide on their websites.

If you have not yet done so already, please complete the Parent Perspective and College Criteria forms as soon as possible.

Juniors are reminded of the importance of thoughtfully completing their Junior College Survey Part 1 (due Friday, March 22, 2019) and Part 2 (due Friday, May 10, 2019) for Group Advisory Class. These questions are a building block for the college search and application process. They are a step-by-step way of managing the process in an effective way. All juniors should have purchased the required textbook College Match and should have completed the assignments listed in the syllabus and read through Chapter 6 by April 1, 2019. In addition to Advisory Class, the College Counselors continue to meet with the juniors one on one to discuss their initial college list as well as course registration for senior year. Failure to complete both assignments results in a failing grade for the class.

An important reminder as the semester progresses: GPA, rigor of curriculum, and standardized tests are the top three criteria for admission to college.  Spring is the time for renewed motivation and best effort. It is also time to think about asking a teacher, preferably from junior year, to consider writing a letter of recommendation for senior year college applications. Remember that writing letters of recommendation is a very time-consuming and is a voluntary service on the part of our faculty.

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