Preparing for College Overview
Highly selective colleges and universities seek students who will contribute to the intellectual vitality and cultural life of their campus. It is never too early to plan for college by being ready both academically and financially. Summit is committed and prepared to help our students to successfully prepare for college. Some colleges and universities allow early acceptance, which means that a decision may be made in the student's junior year. Many schools utilize "rolling admissions" which means that they will begin to consider the application as soon as all required materials have been received. Most schools have deadlines, which you will not want to miss. Take a closer look at the plethora of information to guide and empower students and families to plan and prepare for college.
Take a closer look at the list of colleges to which our Summit graduates have been accepted.
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Resources for College Preparation
This website offers helpful information for one who is applying to Texas schools. One will find information about preparing, applying, and paying for college or technical school
The College Board offers a wealth of information on researching, selecting, and applying to colleges, locating scholarships, grants, and loans, researching majors and careers. The high school code for Summit is 440292.
- General Information for Parents: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/
- General Information for Students: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/index.html
- Student Researching Majors and Careers:http://www.collegeboard.com/student/csearch/majors_careers/index.htm
- My Road (discovering the colleges, majors, and careers that best fit you):http://apps.collegeboard.com/myroad/navigator.jsp
Information on the ACT exam. The high school code for Summit is 440292.
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
To create a financial aid profile, visit www.collegeboard.com. Click on "For Students" and then on the CSS/PROFILE link under "Pay for College". Colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use the information collected on the PROFILE to help them award private grants and scholarship funds. Note: The College Board does not award scholarship money or other financial aid.
FastWeb is a scholarship search engine that helps find scholarships for the student based on an individual profile. FastWeb is one of the largest sources of local, national, and college-specific scholarships. If you supply an email address, they will notify you when new awards that match your profile are added to the database. You can submit an electronic application to some of the scholarships listed in the FastWeb scholarship database which can save you time and money. FastWeb also includes a college search and numerous other student resources.
Student Scholarship Search provides students and parents with a free searchable database of college scholarships and grants. No registration is required and new scholarships are updated daily.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students and parents must complete the FAFSA as part of the application process for financial aid. You may complete a FAFSA application either via the web or on paper to apply for federal funding. To obtain a paper copy of the application, see the guidance counselor.
This site allows you to complete one application and apply for admission to any Texas public university and other participating community or private colleges. If you are applying to colleges or universities outside of the state of Texas, you may choose to use www.commonapp.org which allows you to apply to many schools both in Texas and in other states.
Additional Sites to Research
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Saving for College
The Best way to Save for College
A Complete Guide to 529 Plans: 2007 #1 resource for all 529 programs and other college savings strategies Publisher: Savingforcollege.com, LLC. Available: www.savingforcollege.com and bookstores.Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid, Do You Need Money for College? Federal Student Aid at a Glance, and Counselors and Mentors Handbook are additional resources which have been updated recently by the federal government. Save Your Money, Save Your Identity, a brochure warning students about financial aid fraud and identity theft, is available at www.studentaid.ed.gov/pubs. Additional helpful publications may be found at www.edpubs.gov.
Family Guide to College Savings
This guide explores planning and savings options available to families saving for a child's college education. The areas covered include: affording the college of your choice; comparing college savings accounts, UGMA/UTMA accounts, and taxable investment accounts; transferring assets between accounts; financial aid considerations; and putting your college savings plan together Publisher: Savingforcollege.com, LLC Available: www.savingforcollege.com and bookstores.
These websites offer free e-newsletters to help students and parents during the journey to college:
- College Answer http://www.collegeplanning.com/
- FastWeb http://www.fastweb.com/
- Military.com http://www.military.com/
- Scholarship Experts http://www.scholarshipexperts.com/
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- Abilene Christian University
- Austin Community College
- Baylor University
- Blinn College
- Central Texas College
- Dallas Baptist University
- East Texas Baptist University
- Hardin-Simmons University
- Houston Baptist University
- Howard Payne University
- Lamar University
- Lubbock Christian University
- Midwestern State University
- Rice University
- Sam Houston State University
- Schreiner University
- Southern Methodist University
- Southwestern University
- St. Edward's University
- Stephen F. Austin State University
- Tarleton State University
- Texas A&M University
- Texas A&M University - Galveston
- Texas A&M University - Kingsville
- Texas Christian University
- Texas Southern University
- Texas State Technical School
- Texas State University
- Texas Tech University
- Trinity University
- University of Dallas
- University of Houston
- University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
- University of North Texas
- University of Texas - Arlington
- University of Texas - Austin
- University of Texas - Dallas
- University of the Incarnate Word
- Wayland Baptist University