Oklahoma Colleges and Universities-
State Regents for Higher Education-
Rose State-Midwest City
Oklahoma City Community College
East Central University-Ada
ACT-college admissions test
Dale School Code is 370-990
FAFSA-free application for Federal student aid
FastWeb-LOTS of scholarship info-fill out a profile
School Soup-more scholarships
NCAA Clearinghouse-athletes hoping to go to a Division I school (or school that requires this)
Gordon Cooper Technology Center
ACT or SAT? Which test is best for you? Most Oklahoma colleges prefer the ACT.
10 Suggestions for Putting Together an Excellent Application
Research relevant information: Your time is valuable during your senior year.
Decide on those scholarship applications whose descriptions most closely
match your skills and abilities. Stop and assess. If the scholarship program
states that all of its applicants can juggle and you have never attempted this
activity, then the application may not be worth your time.
Deadlines: Give yourself plenty of time for the many applications you will complete.
Create personal deadlines and stick to them.
Accuracy: You've been asked to be accurate since you entered 1ST
grade. This is the time to put that competency into action.
Every application is different, read instructions.
Attitude: Only you can determine how you will come across on paper.
You are your own best advocate.
Personal Survey: Give some time to thinking about who you are.
Your job is to get a message across to a committee who has not met
you personally. Make a list of 10-1 5 adjectives that pertain to you
and use them in your application.
Feedback from those who know you best: Ask people who know you
well to add to your personal survey. You may not think of yourself as
competitive, but if everyone else who describes you uses that word,
you need to give this some thought!
Skills: How can they set you apart from the other thousands of applicants?
This is the time to toot your own horn. Be scrupulously honest but consider
that the committee only knows you by reading your application and recommendations.
Recommendations: Ask people to write for you who know you personally.
Your choice of a recommender also says something about you.
Essays and short answers should provide the scholarship committee with
examples of ways in which you have been successful.
Proofread, Proofread, Proofread
Ask your counselor or teacher to proofread your work and make suggestions.
What is the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is the first step in the financial aid process. A FAFSA is used to apply for state and federal financial aid programs. In addition, some colleges use it to award institutional aid. The application is available at no fee.
The 2014-2015 FAFSA is available online starting January 1, 2015. www.fafsa.gov
What Information Do I Need to Complete My FAFSA?
Social Security Number, for yourself and your parent(s) *
Records of income, such as income earned from work and business, child support paid or received and any other untaxed income. If available, refer to the W-2 forms or Federal Tax Return IRS 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ.
Information about assets, such as savings, certificates of deposit, stock options, bonds, 529 plans and other college saving programs; and investment real estate, business and farm.
Driver’s license number, if you have one.
Alien Registration Number, if you are not a U.S. citizen.
Parent information is required unless you are at least 24 years of age, or meet the criteria for filing as an independent student as described on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Refer to www.fafsa.gov
You must report income and assets for yourself and for your parents(if you are a dependent student) or your spouse(if you are married)
Use income records for the year prior to the academic year for which you are applying: for instance if you are filling out the 2014-2015 FAFSA, refer to the 2014 tax information
Estimates can be used to the FAFSA to secure your spot for monetary aid before you have your current taxes filed. To use estimates, use the previous year’s tax information on the form and submit the FAFSA. After you have filed your current tax information return to www.fafsa.gov and click on the choice to make corrections to a processed FAFSA. Input the correct tax information and resubmit the form.
Getting a PIN
In order to complete the FAFSA online you will need to get a PIN for an electronic signature. To receive your PIN visit www.pin.ed.gov. You will have the option to chose your own PIN or have a PIN created for you. This PIN will be used every year to fill out the FAFSA , keep the number in a place where you will remember it. Once a PIN is created with a social security number, another PIN cannot be created with the same social security number. If the student is a dependent a parent will also have to create a PIN. Parent PINs can be used on multiple students if more than one student is attending college.
FAFSA (free application for federal student aid)
All seniors that will be attending college in the fall of 2015 will need to fill out a FAFSA form. You may do this anytime after January 1, 2016. You will need your tax information in front of you to complete all the questions. Every college application will ask if you’ve done your FAFSA. Even if you are quite sure that you will NOT qualify for any assistance, you’ll still be required to do this. Here are some helpful hints:
Students ages 18-23 are still considered dependent on their parents, so you will need to use parent’s income and tax return-regardless if parents claim you on their taxes.
If you are married, have a child that you support, a ward of the court, homeless, or 24 years old, you may file your own FAFSA based on your income. You are not required to use your parent’s income or tax return.
Both parent and student will need a PIN number. These cannot be the same number.
There is NO magic number that indicates whether or not you’ll be able to receive pell or grant money. Generally though, if your income is less than $50,000 you will be pell eligible.
BEWARE of phonies!! If they are asking for payment, you are on a phony website. FAFSA is FREE. Their website is www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you happen to put .com, you’ll be tricked. Their home page looks identical, but after you get to the end (and you’ve spent about an hour putting in information), they will ask for your credit card number.
OTAG and OTEG are taken from your FAFSA information. These are both Oklahoma grants that you can qualify for if you qualify for FAFSA.
Parents, get your taxes done ASAP after January 1 so you can also get this completed for your student.
I will plan on doing a FAFSA workshop sometime in early January if I have parents and students that feel like they need help with this. Let me know if you’d be interested.
OKcollegestart.com-this is a wonderful resource for college, scholarships, etc.
If you go to the home page, click on scholarships (about halfway down on the left side)
Under the “Plan for College” tab you’ll find entrance requirements and a high school planner
Under the “Explore Careers” tab you’ll find career requirements, potential earnings, and a career/interest inventory
Under the “Paying for College” tab you’ll be able to compare college costs and get FAFSA info
Under the “Applications” tab you can apply online to any OK college
Under the “Test Prep” tab you can study for college entrance exams
Under the “My Info” tab you can set up your own profile
ALSO- click on “for educators” on the far right side of the tab bar-go to scholarships
Very good list of scholarships and due dates each month
Under the student’s tab, click on college checklist
You can search scholarships by deadline or by category
***Also, okcollegestart.com has free practice ACT tests that you can access
Native American Students-www.catchingthedream.org- For more info on scholarships for Native American students.