Monday, October 14, 2019

The ACT Advantage vs. the SAT

Students will be able to retake part of the test.

October 14, 2019
 

ACT announced scoring reforms on its ACT exam last week. The changes are effective September 2020. They will allow test takers:
  • Who have already taken the full ACT to retake only a part of the exam (English, math, reading, science or writing).
  • To decide whether to take the test online or on paper.
  • To use "superscoring" in which they combine scores from multiple ACT tests.
The key advantage to the ACT superscoring -- as opposed to that of the College Board with the SAT -- is that someone doesn't need to retake the entire test. Students could just take the portion of the ACT they wanted.
The College Board didn't respond to questions about the ACT change but explains the SAT's approach to superscoring here.
Generally, testing experts saw the ACT changes as making the ACT more competitive against the SAT, but they were divided on whether it would help low-income students.
Magoosh, a test-prep company, blogged, "We’re hopeful that the changes announced today by the ACT, if rolled out with transparency and the best interests of students in mind, will give high schoolers more opportunities to get into their dream college by putting their best score forward on their college applications."
But the company added, "However, there’s a chance this plan could unintentionally provide even more of an advantage to those students who have the means (time and money) to take the ACT multiple times. In the wake of the college admissions scandals, we all need no reminders about how inherently unfair the college application process can be, particularly for low-income students and students from marginalized backgrounds."
Robert Schaeffer, public education director of FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, said that "clear winners" include ACT and the test-prep industry, "which will attract even more revenue from upper-income families seeking to maximize the scores reported to admissions offices."
"The losers," he said, would be "kids from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, whose scores will fall further behind their more advantaged peers because they do not have the resources or knowledge to game the new system."
Still, he called the change a "shrewd revision will almost certainly boost ACT's admissions testing market share versus the SAT."
Suzana Delanghe, ACT chief commercial officer, said that the changes would not make the ACT easier. "Our research shows that ACT scores for students who take individual section tests are consistent with those earned when they take the entire test. We are simply offering new ways to take the ACT, saving students time and giving them the ability to focus only on subject areas needing improvement," she said.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

FAFSA Opened October 1st – File as soon as you can



What do you need before you fill out the FAFSA?


If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. The 2020–21 FAFSA form just opened this week on Oct. 1, 2019. You should fill it out as soon as possible at the official government site, fafsa.gov. All information below is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal funding is limited, so experts urge students and families to file their FAFSAs as soon as possible.

Fill out the FAFSA a.s.a.p.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Forgivable Education Loans for Service

Forgivable Education Loans for Service

Description
Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, the Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina. For the 2018-19 academic year eligible degree programs may be found by clicking the link below. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority provides administration for the program.
Eligibility
A recipient must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for FELS:
  • Be a legal North Carolina resident and NC resident for tuition purposes
  • At the time of application, present a cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of:
    • 3.00 for graduating high school students (weighted GPA)
    • 2.80 for undergraduate students pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree
    • 3.20 for students pursuing a graduate or professional degree
  • Register with the Selective Service System, if required;
  • Recipients must not be in default, or does not owe a refund, under any federal or State loan or grant program
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress according to the enrolling policy of the institution.
  • Be willing to work in NC in a designated critical employment shortage profession (careers corresponding with a FELS Approved Program)
  • Must plan to enroll in at least six credit hours in an Approved Program at an Eligible Institution
Note: You do not have to be admitted to the program when you apply, but you must be admitted prior to receiving funding, if selected.



https://www.cfnc.org/FELS

Webinar: Recognizing and Managing Teen Anxiety

Watch our webinar on teen anxiety:
Complete the post-survey by October 25th for a chance to win one of Lisa's workbooks!
      
Did you miss the Recognizing and Managing Teen Anxiety webinar? You can watch the webinar on demand at your convenience. Make sure to watch the webinar and complete the post-survey before October 25th, 2019, for your chance to win one of webinar presenter Lisa M. Schab's anxiety self-help books. 

U.S. Senate Youth Applications Now Available!

 


The United States Senate Youth Program is a scholarship program that provides an educational opportunity for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing college coursework in history or political science.  Student delegates who win the $10,000 scholarship and attend the week-long event in Washington, D.C. will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members and directors from other federal agencies.  
  • North Carolina applications will be available August 1 through October 6, 2019. 
  • Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 6, 2019.
  • Information and applications may be found at http://senateyouthnc.webs.com/  

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Scholarship Opportunities

The College Board partners with scholarship providers connected to the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and PSAT™ 10. Through these partners, students can access over $300 million in scholarship awards. Learn more about scholarships.

Below are deadline notifications for three of our partners:

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation invests in exceptional students who are dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others. Know a high school senior who fits the bill? Encourage them to apply for one of 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 by October 31, 2019, at 5 p.m. ET.

For more details and a link to the application, please visit their website.

Horatio Alger Association

As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who've faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who've exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, in addition to having critical financial need.

The online application is open until October 25 for undergraduate scholarships.

For more information about the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, please visit their website.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Scholarships can open doors for students who aspire to go to college but don't have the funds. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as access to a thriving network of more than 2,600 fellow Cooke scholars and alumni.

The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program application (exclusively through the Common App) closes November 13, 2019.

Subscribe to the Cooke Foundation's counselor newsletter to stay updated on all scholarship programs and opportunities.

Register for Selective Service


Virtually all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, residing in the United States, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.

The law says men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday
. That means men are required to register with Selective Service sometime during the 30 days before their 18th birthday, their 18th birthday, and the following 29 days after their 18th birthday – that is a 60-day registration period.
Men who do not register with Selective Service within the 60-day window are technically in violation of the law and should register as soon as possible. Late registrations are accepted up to the 26th birthday. However, once a man reaches his 26th birthday and still has not registered with Selective Service, it is too late!
It’s important to know that even though a man is registered, he will not automatically be inducted into the military. Registering with Selective Service does not mean you are joining the military.

In a crisis requiring a draft, men would be called in a sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth. Then, they would be examined for mental, physical, and moral fitness by the military before being deferred or exempted from military service or inducted into the Armed Forces.
ALSO:  Any male required to register with Selective Service at any time must have done so to receive federal student aid.

Want Money for College? Better File That FAFSA




U.S. News & World Report

Extra Help: College Admissions
Helping parents get their teen to college
Oct. 1, 2019
As of today, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is open. That means it's time to create an FSA ID and get an early start on the FAFSA, which is due to the federal government on June 30. States and colleges impose their own deadlines, so be aware of those too. Since institutional aid is typically offered on a first-come, first-served basis, filing the FAFSA early may help minimize student loans as your family navigates the landscape of paying for college.

Unsure of where to start? U.S. News has you covered with a guide to all things FAFSA.

Monday, September 30, 2019

2020 NC Governor's School Information

The North Carolina Governors School is a 5½-week summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.
The North Carolina Governor's School is the nation's oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted high school students. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses of up to 335 students each: Governor's School West at High Point University in High Point, and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh. The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division. A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body.

Interested Juniors can see Ms. O'Kane or check the link below. 


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Interested in Applying to UNC Chapel Hill?


Below is a link provided to counselors across North Carolina to provide updates on the new application cycle and to show how we review applications to get to know students. This is a helpful resource for anyone interested in applying to Carolina. 



https://youtu.be/Au25i-BY9tY

CFNC Scholarship List


List of Scholarships

Financial Aid Handbook for North Carolinians
Featured Webinar - How To Find Scholarships    You Tube icon

General Scholarships 
Scholarships for Students with Special Needs 
Programs for Military and Their Dependents 
Programs for Graduates and Professional Students 
Forgivable Loans for Service 





https://www.cfnc.org/paying/schol/all_schols.jsp#professional

CFNC Webinar: How To Find Scholarships


THE FAFSA OPENS OCT 1!!

The College Foundation of North Carolina prepared a webinar on how to find scholarships and grants. We'll talk about . The different types of scholarships, both need and merit based . Federal and state financial aid programs . Financial aid basics . Where to find scholarships . Where to find private scholarships . What to put on private scholarship applications and interview tips . Plus, CFNC.org tools and website information If you have any questions about scholarships and grants, call CFNC.org at 866-866-2362.


https://youtu.be/8AzG57S-liQ



Thursday, September 19, 2019

NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program Click it or Ticket Scholar-Athlete Essay Contest

DEADLINE: Monday, September 30 at 11:59 pm

Student-Athletes can write a 400-word or less essay for a chance to win prizes from the NCHSAA! Here is the prompt: As a scholar athlete, describe the misconceptions teens have about seatbelt usage. As their peer, what are some practical ways you could encourage them to wear their seatbelt every time they get into a vehicle?

Learn more about the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program Scholar-Athlete Program here

NC Governor's School

The North Carolina Governors School is a 5½-week summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.
The North Carolina Governor's School is the nation's oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted high school students. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses of up to 335 students each: Governor's School West at High Point University in High Point, and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh. The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division. A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body.
  • "It's a fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge and focus on learning in an area you care about, living in an environment in which learning is not required, but encouraged and enjoyed. While school's strict expectations and rigid nature can be suffocating, the Governor's School atmosphere is light and elicits natural growth." — Governor's School East student, 2019
  • "Governor's School is the best venture I have ever taken part in. You're surrounded by wonderful and intelligent people and staff who make you strive to be a better and more complete person. The curriculum is challenging and will give you even more of a thirst for knowledge." — Governor's School West student, 2019
Governor's School offers amazing educational opportunities to selected students in eleven different academics and arts disciplines. Each student's chosen discipline becomes their Area I class. See the Area I descriptions below and then review the associated pages (i.e., Areas II and III; Electives & Seminars; Speakers & Convocations; Student Life & Daily Schedule) to understand the fullness of this robust and unique program, profoundly impacting the lives and education of hundreds of North Carolina's brightest high school students every summer.

Nomination Packets for the summer of 2020 will be available soon.!