CTCL E-Newsletter | November 2020

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Changing Lives. One Student at a Time.
CTCL E-Newsletter | November 2020
Every Student Should Complete a FAFSA
October 1 . . . does anyone know why this date is important?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA) opened October 1 to all current high school seniors applying to college.
So, what should you do? Apply!
Even if you and your family don’t think you will qualify for need-based financial aid, covering your bases by applying is a helpful step to take. If you decide you want or need to take out a student loan, or your parents choose to borrow through the Parent Plus loan program, you will need to have completed the FAFSA.
A few important notes about applying for financial aid:
You might qualify for federal, state or institutional grants, loans or work study programs. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to receive financial assistance that may allow you to make your college dreams a reality!
Stefanie D. Niles, Ed.D.
Vice President for Enrollment and Communications, Ohio Wesleyan University
2018-19 President, National Association for College Admission
Eight Myths about Choosing the Right College
For more than two decades, the Colleges That Change Lives member-schools have worked together to support students in the college search process. And every year, we meet students and families who are hesitant to consider smaller, lesser-known, liberal arts and sciences schools. More often than not, their concerns fall into a broad category of “commonly held myths” that are shared by well-meaning but usually uninformed sources. Here are the top eight myths – and the facts students and families have discovered along the way. We hope you find this information useful in your college search!
MISPERCEPTION: A good college needs to have more students than your high school.
MISPERCEPTION: Employers and graduate schools won’t be seriously interested in a graduate from a school they haven’t heard of before. A degree from a name-brand institution means more to employers and graduate schools, and attending a well-known school puts students ahead of the curve and guarantees them successful, meaningful lives.
MISPERCEPTION: Large research-based and Ivy League schools have better course selection, and they can attract more talented faculty members.
MISPERCEPTION: Staying close to home is a good idea because it saves money, and following high school friends makes the transition to college easier.
MISPERCEPTION: Strong students in the top ranks of their high school class with high test scores will waste their potential at any school outside the Ivy League. They deserve to learn with other motivated achievers.
MISPERCEPTION: It’s impossible to get into a good college without great test scores, top grades, perfect recommendations, and a whole list of activities. Being homeschooled or having a different learning style can be a major obstacle.
MISPERCEPTION: If you’re serious about your future career, it’s pointless to take classes in other disciplines. It’s better to focus on one field and become an expert than to know a little about a lot of useless subjects.
Director’s Corner
Isn’t it ironic that experts have been calling for “less screen time” for a decade, and here we are spending more time than ever on our screens?
Seriously, it’s easy to say, “Who wants more Zoom time?” But, 2020 has made it extraordinarily difficult for admission officers to travel to meet students as well as for families to visit college campuses. The result is a huge gap in the knowledge-gathering stage of the college admissions process today.
So, we Zoom. And we Google Meet. And sometimes, we even use our phones as phones and just talk. For better or worse, these methods are now essential to the college admissions process today.