COLLEGE 101: Your GUIDE to get into COLLEGE
How do I APPLY ?........................................................................................................................................ 1 Why take the ACT ?.................................................................................................................................... 2 Where am I going to LIVE ?................................................................................................................... 3 Is eLEARNING for me ?................................................................................................................................ 3 What FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS are available ?................................................................... 4-7 What is college going to COST me ?.............................................................................................. 8-9 Community Colleges VS. Universities...............................................................................................10 What DEGREE is right for me ?............................................................................................................. 11 What CAREER & TECHNICAL PROGRAMS are offered ?....................................................................12
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First Step: ADMISSIONS
You are finally ready to begin the journey through the college planning process!
Admission to college is different from starting high school. You will need to meet requirements for the college you plan to attend. Admission to a college doesn’t necessarily guarantee admission to a speciic program, so it is necessary to check the prerequisites for each program. Additionally, some classes have restrictive admission requirements.
Once you have narrowed down your list of potential colleges, it’s time to start the application process. The general admission procedures that follow will apply wherever you decide to attend college.
General College Admission Procedures 1. Complete a formal application for admission. Applications should be returned to the Director of Admissions. Some colleges require the application to be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee. Co-Lin does not have an application fee. If your high school counselor does not have an application for the college you want to attend, you may call the college and have them mail you one. You may pick one up personally, or visit their web site. Co-Lin’s web site is www.colin.edu.
2. Submit an oficial transcript from an accredited high school indicating graduation date or receipt of an oficial transcript from the State Department of Education showing satisfactory scores on the General Education Development Test (GED). Co-Lin only requires your inal transcript.
3. Submit scores on the American College Test (ACT). Most colleges require a minimum score on the ACT; however, Co-Lin only requires that you have taken the test. Exceptions to this rule are certain career or technical programs such as Medical Radiologic Technology, which requires a minimum score. 4. You should also complete an application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Submit a Housing Application and make a room deposit if you plan to live in campus housing.
Housing is discussed further in a following section.
Some schools may require you to submit documented evidence of immunization for measles and
rubella. Documentation may be obtained from your local Health Department or family physician.
Co-Lin does not require proof of immunization. **Note: Applicants interested in career or technical programs must meet speciic requirements under the program description. Ask about special admissions deadlines for cosmetology, practical nursing and other medial programs. 1
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Why should I take the ACT? Colleges and universities use the ACT to evaluate applicants for admission. The ACT measures skills in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning. These areas are tested because they include the major areas of instruction in most high school programs.
Colleges believe the ACT is one of the best indicators of how well a student will do in college as it measures how well a student can perform the skills necessary for college course work.
Most people take the ACT their junior or senior year in high school. You may take the ACT as many times as you like; your best score will be the only score that will count. Your counselor will have ACT packets available which will list the national test dates. You may also register online at www.actstudent.org. Co-Lin is a national test center. When illing out the ACT packet, you will indicate which test center you would like to take the test. You may also have your ACT scores sent to four colleges of your choice. If you have any questions about the ACT, ask your high school counselor.
Preparing for the ACT?
It’s important to take ACT testing seriously because your score will affect the educational options that will be available to you after high school graduation. Your ACT scores will determine: • Which colleges you can attend • What academic or technical program you can apply for
• The scholarships and grants you can apply for
• The classes you can take as a freshman
• Where an athlete can sign.
ACT provides Preparing for the ACT Assessment free of charge online at www.actstudent.org. This information is intended to help you do your best on the ACT. It summarizes general test-taking strategies, describes the content of each of the tests, provides speciic tips for each test, and lets you know what you can expect on the test day. Included in this booklet are a practice test, a sample answer document, and scoring instructions. Studying this booklet will help you do your best on test day.
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Take the ACT now, even if you are not planning to attend college or if you have chosen a program that does not require an ACT score. When choosing a test date, consider the application deadlines of the colleges and scholarships that interest you. Allow yourself time to retake the ACT if you want or need to improve your scores. Be well-rested. The morning after prom or a big ballgame may not be the best time for you to do your best on the ACT.
National ACT Test Dates
Registration Deadline Date Aug. 23, 2013 Sept. 21, 2013 Sept. 27, 2013 Oct. 26, 2013 Nov. 8, 2013 Dec. 14, 2013 Jan. 10, 2014 Feb. 8, 2014 Mar. 7, 2014 Apr. 12, 2014 May 9, 2014 June 14, 2014
*Visit actstudent.org for late registration information
LIVING IT UP
Many college students prefer to live on campus. Campus housing and dining services are available on most college campuses. To live on campus you must complete a housing application. At Co-Lin, a housing deposit of $50 must accompany this application. Housing deposits are per person, not per room. The amount of the deposit varies from school to school. Because campus housing is limited, you should apply early. It’s not too early to apply the fall semester of your senior year. Dorm room assignments are made according to the date the Director of Housing receives the housing application and housing deposit; however, room assignments are not usually made until the spring semester.
Don’t forget to turn in your housing application and
When applying for campus housing, you will list your dormitory preferences in order. If you are unsure about which dorm you would like to live in, you should visit the campus and tour the dorms. You may also list your roommate preference. At Co-Lin, you and your roommate must list each other on your applications. Keep in mind that you and your roommate may not get your irst choice of dorm room.
deposit EARLY!! Room assignments are based on irst come, irst serve!
When you live in a dormitory at Co-Lin, you are required to purchase a 5 or 7-day meal plan. These meal plans are for meals in the college cafeteria and may also be used in the Co-Lin grill.
No Alarm Clock Needed! eLearning is instructional delivery that does not require the student to be physically present in the same location as the instructor. Co-Lin’s online courses are offered through the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC), a cooperative of 14 of Mississippi’s community college districts and the Mississippi State Board for Community and Junior Colleges. Through the MSVCC, students may take courses from any community college in the state while getting support services from Co-Lin. There is an additional $30 fee for each on-line class. For more information visit: www.colin.edu/elearning
How to get CASH for COLLEGE
When you begin to explore your inancial options, start with the Free Application For Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as FAFSA. If you don’t submit the FAFSA, you can’t receive any federal aid including grants, work-study assistance, or federal loans. In some cases, colleges require a FAFSA application on ile before scholarships will be awarded.
To start the financial aid process:
1. Complete and ile the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of your senior year in high school. FAFSA is only available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Make sure that you have a copy of your parent’s/guardian’s current tax return when illing out the FAFSA. When you ill out the FAFSA, specify all the schools you are interested in attending. There is no penalty for sending this information to several schools.
**Federal Aid is available if you are attending college, professional school, or a career and technical school.
2. Four to six weeks later, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail. The schools you speciied will also receive a copy of your SAR. If you do not receive a copy of your SAR call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (319) 337-5665. 3. Check with any colleges you are considering to see if they require any additional inancial aid applications or forms.
4. Each college you listed on your FAFSA will send you an award letter that lists sources and amounts of inancial aid you can get if you attend their school. Follow the instructions in the letter to receive your inancial aid.
If you’re not eligible for federal inancial aid, don’t be discouraged! There are many types of grants and scholarships available to help inance your college education. 4
Types of financial aid: •
Grants are generally known as free money because they do not have to be repaid. Work-study is usually a part-time job arranged by your college that helps to pay for college. You do not repay the money you earn through work-study. Unfortunately grants and workstudy might not cover all your college expenses and you may need to take out a loan that will have to be repaid when you stop going to college, whether you graduate or not. To learn more about Student Loans, contact your area banks. ...continued on next page
Scholarships & Grants
Grants and scholarships are awarded to students for many reasons, such as inancial need, grades, ACT/SAT scores, athletic skills or individual talents. The inancial aid programs offered at most colleges and universities are similar.
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Remember: * Always pay attention to inancial aid & scholarship
Additional Financial Aid Programs - Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs: 1-800-433-3243 www.studentaid.ed.gov www.fafsaf4caster.ed.gov
deadlines! * Apply! You can’t receive a scholarship if you don’t apply!
Mississippi residents who plan to attend college in state should apply for state inancial aid such as MTAG (Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant) and the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant funded by the State of Mississippi. The requirements and applications for these grants can be found ONLY on the web site located at www. mississippi.edu/inancialaid It’s important to talk with the Financial Aid Ofice and recruiters from the colleges you are interested in attending to ind out what grant or scholarship options may be available to you. When talking with college representatives, ask about academic, endowed, departmental or activity scholarships. Endowed scholarships are made possible by individual donations to the college. Co-Lin presents these awards each spring at Awards Day. Applications and deadline information for these scholarships can be obtained from the Financial Aid ofice on the Wesson Campus or the Ofice of Admissions on the
Natchez and Simpson Campuses. • Don’t overlook other inancial aid sources such as employer, community, civic, or alumni groups or private foundations that award grants or scholarships. • If you are interested in military service, check into military inancial aid programs. Military inancial aid programs do not consider need. They are either a payment for training or a reward for service.
- Financial Aid Search:
www.fastweb.com (the internet’s largest free scholarship search)
- Mississippi Student Financial Aid Ofice: 1-800-327-2980 www.mississippi.edu 5
State & Federal Financial Aid Programs
Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)
Maximum MTAG award of $500 based on Pell Grant award
One-year MS resident enrolled as a full-time student in an academic or technical program. Minimum 2.5 GPA and ACT of 15 upon completion of high school.
Apply online at www.mississippi.edu/ inancialaid.
Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG)
Maximum MESG based on tuition
One-year MS resident enrolled as a full-time student in an academic or technical program. Must be a â€œirsttime-in collegeâ€? student. Minimum 3.5 GPA and ACT of 29 upon completion of high school.
Apply online at www.mississippi.edu/ inancialaid.
Higher Education Legislative Plan for needy students (HELP)
Maximum HELP not to exceed tuition and required fees at a public institution
Two-Year MS resident enrolled fulltime in an eligible MS institution. Minimum 2.5 GPA on a speciic high school curriculum, ACT of 20, two-year average adjusted gross income of $36,500, and demonstrated inancial need.
Apply online at www.mississippi.edu/ inancialaid.
Undergraduate with demonstrated need.*Must maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Federal Federal Pell Grant
$605-$5645 per year; non-repayable
Federal Stafford Loan
Maximum $3500 for fresh- Undergraduate with demonstrated need.*2.0 GPA and minimum 6 man, $4500 for sophomores. Additional $2000 hours. unsubsidized available. Variable interest rate Undergraduate with demonstrated need.*Must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Other scholarships are factors in determining work-study eligibility.
FAFSA; Work-study Application
$100-$400 per year (realistic maximum based on funding is $1000); Nonrepayable. This is not an entitlement program
Undergraduate with demonstrated need.*Must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Priority given to full-time students. Must be Pell eligible.
Federal Work-Study $750-$1800 per year; Program Students work up to 10 hours per week on campus; Priority deadline is April 1st Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Student Loan Data Form; FAFSA; MPN to Lender Choice
Academic & Athletic Scholarships
Mississippi students Completed Co-Lin school only. Enrollment 25 &26:$1100/semester must be fall semes- application 27& 28:$1100/semester ter following high school graduation. & $500 Co-Lin bookstore voucher Must maintain fulltime status and 3.0 29+/Natâ€™l Merit/ GPA Achievement: $1100/semester, Room, Board, & $500 Co-Lin bookstore voucher
Athletic Scholarships Type
Phone No. Contact (601)-
Valedictorian/ $1000 for the irst Salutatorian year
Basketball- 643-8366 Men
Basketball- 643-8318 Women
Fast Pitch Softball
SoccerMen & Women
Written notiication from high school counselor
$500 or $1000 freshman year only
Outstanding lead- Completed ership skills and/ Co-Lin school or community application service
Up to $6000 renewable
Completed Outstanding academic record, Co-Lin school application leadership skills and/or community service
Completed Outstanding academic record, Co-Lin school application leadership skills and/or community service
Mississippi students only. Enrollment must be fall semester following high school graduation. Must maintain fulltime status and 3.0 GPA
*Information on other recognition and activity scholarships can be found at www.colin.edu/inancial-aid. 7
What's It Gonna Cost Me ? Copiah-Lincoln Community College 2013-2014 Tuition & Fees *All dormitory students will be required to purchase a 5-day meal ticket. Some athletic programs require students to purchase a 7-day meal plan. **Meal tickets are not required for students who commute. ***New Menâ€™s Honors Dorm will cost $875/semester.
(per semester for full-time students) Tuition Tech Fee Meal Plan Options Wesson: 7-Day Meal Plan 5-Day Meal Plan* Commuter Meal Plan (5 meals/week)** Natchez: 5-Day lunch-only Meal Plan 3-Day lunch-only Meal Plan Dorms*** Parking Decal
NOTE: Expenses not included on this list are books and supplies.
The cost of books and supplies vary with each different ield of study. All students are expected to own a textbook for each course. It is estimated that new books will cost approximately $500.00 for the irst semester and $350.00 the second semester, as some books are used both semesters. Many students buy used books and effect considerable savings. Second-hand books, as well as new books, may be purchased at the bookstore. Part-time Students:
Students enrolled in less than 12 semester hours are considered part-time students. Part-time students pay $117.50 per semester hour.
Out-of-State Students: Full-time, out-of-state students pay a tuition fee of $2100 per semester plus a $75 tech fee. Part-time outof-state students pay $202.50 per semester hour. *Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.* 8
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Note: This is a SAMPLE of the times courses may be offered. Course offerings and times will vary from college to college.
Community Colleges VS Universities:
Which Route Should I Take?
Community Colleges offer the irst two years of any Bachelor’s degree. There are certain core requirements that all students must complete, whether beginning at a community college or a university. Some examples are English Composition, Speech, Algebra, Literature, History, and Lab Sciences. Community colleges offer the core requirement courses and other courses related to particular ields.
Career & Technical programs are available at community colleges.
Students can receive more individual attention in the classroom and for academic advisement.
A university may not be very close to your hometown. A community college is probably located closer to your home. Being closer to home the irst two years often eases the transition from high school to college.
community colleges to educate the nation’s high school graduates. They know that community colleges give students the academic and social foundation they need to succeed.
Many students say community colleges are the perfect stage for college success. But what do the universities think? How do they feel about so many students (about half) transferring in from community colleges instead of enrolling as freshmen?
With that in mind, twoyear and four-year colleges have developed articulation and transfer agreements so a student can set their sights on a bachelor’s degree when they enroll at a community college. A student can tackle their degree plan with two years at the community college followed by two years at a university with a smooth transition. Universities actively recruit community college transfer students because they recognize the high quality of these students. Universities reward transfer students with academic, leadership and athletic scholarships.
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70% of high school graduates begin their college education at a Community College.
Community colleges are much less expensive than the average university. Attending a community college the irst two years can signiicantly lower the total bill of earning a bachelor’s degree.
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have “assistants” (graduate students) to teach the freshmen level courses (core requirements). Universities usually have a much greater number of students on campus. There may be one hundred or more students in some classes. At community colleges, the classes are usually limited to thirty or forty.
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These programs may be completed in two years or less. Some examples of these programs are Radiology, Practical Nursing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Respiratory Care, and Cosmetology. Graduates of Career/ Technical programs are ready for the workplace.
Community colleges are different from universities in several ways. By knowing the key differences you will be better able to decide which one is best for you.
Why Should I go to College?
The average salary of individual’s with a bachelor’s degree was almost $22,000 MORE than those with only a high school diploma. Individuals with some college but no degree earned 17% more than high school graduates. The unemployment rate for young adults between 20 and 24 years old for high school graduates was 2.6 times higher than college graduates.
Data from Education Pays 2010.
What Degree is Right for Me ?
Your educational career pathway options: Certiicate
is usually obtainable in less than two years.
A four-year degree earned by completing 128 or more semester hours of required and elective courses. The bachelor’s degree prepares graduates for entrance into the work force or for progres-
This is not a degree, but a credential showing successful completion of a basic, core curriculum in many career-technical and other career ields. This
sion toward a higher degree.
Associate’s Degree The standard degree awarded by community colleges and technical institutes for completion of a program totaling 64 or more hours of required and elective courses. The associate’s degree prepares graduates for entrance into the work force or for transfer into a four-year bachelor’s degree program.
Master’s Degree An advanced degree above the bachelor’s, usually earned by an additional two years of study.
Doctorate Degree A postgraduate degree above the master’s, usually earned by an additional 2 years of study.
What Can I do with a Certificate or a Degree ?
• Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) • Cosmetologist • Welder • Truck Driver
Associate’s Degree • • • • •
Daycare Teacher Hotel Manager Registered Nurse X-Ray Technician Administrative Assistant
Master’s Degree • • • •
Counselor Speech Pathologist Community College Instructor Occupational Therapist
Bachelor’s Degree • • • • •
Social Worker Accountant Teacher Engineer Dental Hygienist
Doctorate Degree • • • •
Dentist Physician Psychologist Physical Therapist
Career & Technical Programs
The Fast Track to Success
Technical Programs are designed to prepare students for employment upon completion of the speciied program curriculum. Students are then eligible to receive the Associate in Applied Science Degree.
Career Programs are designed to prepare the student for entry-level employment in a speciic occupation. Co-Lin awards a career certiicate upon successful completion of the curriculum.
Technical Programs =AAS Degree Wesson Natchez Simpson Automation & Control Technology Automotive Technology
Career Programs =Certiicate
Business & Marketing Management Technology Business & Ofice Technology Ofice Systems Option Microcomputer Option Accounting Technology
Wesson Natchez Simpson Automotive Technology Commercial Truck Driving
Early Childhood Education
Construction Equipment Operations
Computer Networking Technology
Diesel Equipment Technology
Cosmetology Teacher Trainee
Drafting & Design Technology Architectural Engineering Technology
Diesel Equipment Technology
Culinary Arts Technology
Culinary Arts Technology
Heating & Air Conditioning Technology
Heating&Air Conditioning Technology Health Information Technology Precision Machining Technology Medical Laboratory Technology Medical Radiologic Technology Respiratory Care Technology
Precision Machining Technology Ofice Systems Technology Practical Nursing Welding Geographical Information Systems Technology
What Questions Should I Ask ?
When choosing a college, consider these questions. You may ind the answers in the college catalog, web site, or by asking the college recruiter.
1. Does the college offer your major? 13. What academic assistance services are avail able? Is there a learning center? Tutors? 2. Do you meet admission requirements for the college/university or community college Is there an additional fee for these services? you plan to attend? 14. How many classes does the average student take per semester? 3. What are the steps in applying for admission? Are there deadlines? 15. What is the typical class size? 4. Is there a fee required with the application? 16. Do trained instructors teach classes or do If yes, how much? Is it refundable? “assistants” teach them? 5. How much is tuition per semester/per year? 17. On average, how many hours per week do students study? 6. How much is out of state tuition? 18. How do you register for classes? 7. What is the cost of campus housing? 19. Are classes in certain areas set aside for certain 8. Are freshmen required to live in the dorm? majors only? 9. What meal plans are available? 20. How easy is it to get the classes you want? 10. What inancial aid programs does the college 21. What are the most popular majors? offer? 22. What is the average class size for freshmen? 11. When is “high school day?”
12. What extracurricular activities are available?
The TOP 10 Steps to Prepare for College Research Early. Sophomore year is not too early to start researching colleges. Create a checklist of admission requirements for each school of interest and make sure to follow through on these.
ACT. Take the ACT at least twice during your junior and senior years in high school. Colleges and Universities set minimum ACT scores for admission, scholarships, and placement of classes. Make the most of your high school time. Participate in social, civic, and academic groups that will diversify your experiences and background. Being involved can help not only in getting into college, but also for scholarships & campus organizations that require previous experience to become a member. Visit Campus. Make an appointment to visit the colleges that interest you. Nothing can take the place of seeing a campus for yourself. Attend Recruiting Events. Check college web sites to see what recruiting events are available and if there are events that are geared towards your speciic interests. Determine your future career. Consider what career you want to follow after college. Check out the web sites for those departments and meet with advisors who can guide your class selections. Don’t be afraid to explore several departments. Don’t know your future career choice? Visit the career center at your high school or the college of your choice to help determine your strengths and potential career paths.
Consider living on campus. Research shows students who live on campus are more likely to make better grades and more friends. It’s also convenient, affordable, and allows you to interact with other students more closely.
Double Check. Make sure all transcripts, ACT scores, application fees, housing deposits, applications, and resumes have been received before their deadlines.
Attend Orientation. Orientation is an important time. You’ll meet current and future students, faculty and administrators as well as schedule classes and checkout your room assignment. 13
Get Involved !! Nothing makes college more fun than getting involved and meeting new people. Almost all colleges and universities have clubs and organizations in which you can take part. Below are some of things you can get involved in at Co-Lin: • Phi Theta Kappa
• Phi Beta Lambda
• Color Guard
• National TechnicalHonor Society
• Alpha Omega Science Club
• Future Teachers of America
• Varsity Sports
• Baptist Student Union
• Martial Arts Club
• Intramural Sports
• Wesley Foundation
• Sigma Kappa Delta
• Student Government Association
• Seawolves Robotic Team
Visit the Co-Lin Campus !!
To schedule a campus tour, call (601) 643-8490 for the Wesson campus; (601) 446-1219 for the Natchez campus; or (601) 849-5149 for the Simpson County Center; OR join us for the following events:
• September 19, 2013 - Tailgate party- Co-Lin vs. Hinds(Wesson Campus)
• October 2, 2013 - College Fair (Natchez Campus) • October 12 , 2013 – Homecoming (Wesson Campus) • February 2014 - Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration • April 28 -May 2, 2014 - Spring Fling Week (Wesson Campus) • April 2014 – Spring Fling (Natchez Campus)
A Month-by-Month Guide
School begins– prepare to do your best your senior year.
September 21 ACT Test 27 Registration Deadline for October ACT Narrow the list of colleges you might want to attend. Visit college web sites & download admissions applications & other information. Sign up for mailing lists & carefully study the college publications when they arrive. Make appointments to visit the colleges that interest you most. A personal visit is the best way to learn about a college or university. Take the ACT again if you want to improve your scores. Write a resume detailing your academic achievements/awards, school activities, community service, sports, & work experience. This may be required for admissions applications & scholarships. Attend Preview Days or senior night programs & talk with college representatives when they visit your high school.
October 26 ACT test Continue to gather & complete admissions applications at your top schools. Remember to give your teachers & counselors plenty of time to assist you with letters of recommendation. At least two weeks of advance notice is needed. Be sure to provide a resume & a self-addressed stamped envelope. Begin searching for scholarships & inancial aid opportunities. Watch the bulletin board near your counselor’s ofice & listen for announcements regarding scholarships.
November 8 Registration deadline for December ACT Thanksgiving Holidays (This is a good time to work on your college applications)
November continued... Mail admissions applications to your top-choice schools if you haven’t already done so. Parents should start collecting information for inancial aid forms. Don’t get senioritis! Be sure your irst semester grades are good. Your GPA will be a factor in scholarship applications.
December 14 ACT Test Study hard & do well on your exams!
January 10 Registration Deadline for February ACT Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1. Parents & students need to register online for a PIN at www.fafsa.ed.gov. THIS MUST BE DONE PRIOR TO submitting your FAFSA online. Between January & March: complete application for state inancial aid programs like MTAG & MESG at www.mississippiuniversities.com. Update your resume to include recent accomplishments Watch for important deadlines at your chosen college (housing, scholarships, inancial aid, etc.)
February 3 Deadline for Co-Lin Taylor Presidential & Pitts Endowment Scholarship Applications 8 ACT Test Discuss college plans with your parents & your counselor. Make sure you’re aware of tuition costs & admission requirements. Turn in housing applications & deposits to hold a space in dorms. If you’re not sure which school you will attend, consider holding dorm space at more than one school. However, be aware that deposits may not be refundable. Check to see when tryouts are scheduled for the sports and extracurricular activities you are interested in participating. 15
A Month-by-Month Guide
March 1 Deadline for Co-Lin’s Endowed and Leadership Scholarship Applications 7 Registration deadline for April ACT Spring Break! Have fun, relax, then get back to work on those college plans! After you submit the FAFSA you should expect to receive your SAR (student aid report) via email or regular mail. Contact the inancial aid ofice at your intended college to check on the processing of your inancial aid award. Meet deadlines for any remaining scholarship applications. Continue to be alert to sources of inancial aid. Watch the bulletin board near the counselor’s ofice & listen to daily announcements for scholarship opportunities.
April 12 ACT Test Students interested in applying for Guaranteed Student Loans should check with the Financial Aid Ofice of the college of your choice for appropriate GSL papers. Check with the college you’ve chosen to attend about the details of signing & returning inancial aid award
May 9 Registration deadline for June ACT If you’re still undecided, visit the schools you are considering again. Consider all the factors– cost, inancial aid & the quality of academic programs. Then decide which school is right for you. Make sure your counselor knows which college to send your college transcript Do your best on your inal exams! GRADUATION! Congratulations! You made it!
June 14 ACT Look for information from your college about your room assignment & when to attend orientation. Check with your college to make sure your inal transcripts have arrived. Contact your roommate to decide who will bring which items to decorate your room.
July-August Pack for college, move in & begin your freshman year!
Other Things To Do:
Still Have Questions ?
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Copiah-Lincoln Community College P.O. Box 649 Wesson, MS 39191
Copiah-Lincoln Community College 11 Co-Lin Circle Natchez, MS 39120
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SIMPSON COUNTY CENTER Vice President Admissions and Records Academic Advisor
Copiah-Lincoln Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or other factors prohibited by law in any of its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment practices. The following ofices have been designated to handle inquires and complaints regarding the non- discrimination policies of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Questions, complaints, or requests in regard to Title IX directives should be made to the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Brenda Brown Orr, Sandifer Building, John Landress Circle, Wesson, MS 39191, (601) 643-8671. Questions, complaints, or requests in regard to Section 504 directives should be made to: Wesson Section 504 Coordinator, Erin Smith, Henley Building, Lester R. Furr Dr., Wesson, MS 39191, (601) 643-8401; or Natchez Section 504 Coordinator, Brett Brinegar, Tom Reed Academic Building, 11 Co-Lin Circle, Natchez, MS 39120, (601) 446-1240; or Simpson Section 504 Coordinator, Dr. Dewayne Middleton, Sidney Parker Academic Building, 151 Co-Lin Dr., Mendenhall, MS 39114, (601) 849-0126.
The Nu Kappa Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda: - Received 59 awards and recognitions at the State Leadership Competition - Won 16 irst place awards, 20 second place awards, 8 third place awards and 9 fourth place awards - Madison Watts was elected as MS PBL State President and Laura Speights was elected as MS PBL Parliamentarian. - Chapters from both the Wesson and Natchez Campuses received numerous awards at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA. Skills USA Co-Lin Wesson and Natchez Chapter - Attended the Skills USA MS Leadership and Skills Conference - Brandon Boyd placed gold in the Technical Drafting competition and Leadarious Smith placed Bronze in the Electronics Technology competition.
Seawolves Underwater Robotic Engineering team - Competed in the 12th Annual Mate International Explorer Class competition in Seattle, WA, and received the 4th highest mission score. Phi Theta Kappa Eta Omega Chapter - International Awards received in San Jose, CA: Five Star Chapter, Distinguished Chapter, Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award and Hallmark Award, Distinguished theme Award, top 100 Chapter, Jedd Moak-Distinguished Oficer Award, Dr. Ronnie Nettles-Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction - Regional Awards: Five Star Chapter, Most Distinguished Chapter Finalist, Honors in Action Theme Winner, Honors in Action Project Hallmark Award, Most Distinguished Newsletter, Most Distinguished Runner-up for Yearbook and Website, Most Distinguished Oficer Team, Jedd Moak-named to the Order of the Golden Key and Most Distinguished Runner-up Chapter Oficer. *This is only a snapshot of the academic success achieved at Co-Lin in 2012-2013
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