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    STEP 2. PROVIDE A COPY OF YOUR STATE ISSUED DRIVERS LICENSE OR ID Remember,youraddressmustmatchtheaddress listedonyourapplicationtoverifyaccurate residencyinformation.JCCtuitionrateisbased uponyourcountyofresidency.

    STEP 3. PROVIDE ASSESSMENT SCORES Assessmentisusedbyyouracademicadvisorand willhelpensureyoursuccessbyplacingyouinthe properlevelofcourseworkforyourfirstsemester. Assessmentcanbecompletedinseveralways. Talkwithyouradvisor.

    STEP 4. APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID SubmittheFreeApplicationforFederalStudent Aid(FAFSA)assoonaspossibleafterJanuary1st.

    ApplyforJCCscholarshipsbyearlyMarch. Completetheonlineloanapplication,ifneeded.

    Respondtoe-mailmessagesfromFinancial AidandacceptyourawardonJCCse-Services. FAFSA,scholarshipandloanapplicationsare availableontheFinancialAidportionofthe JCCwebsite. STEP 5. ATTEND GREAT START ADVISING/ ORIENTATION SESSION GreatStartAdvisingsessionsareheldonthe JacksonCampusonFridayafternoons.Toreserve yourspace,pleasecall517.796.8425. IfyouplantoattendourlocationsinAdrian (517.265.5515)orHillsdale(517.437.3343),please contacttheirofficesdirectlyforinformationon gettingstartedatthelocationnearestyou.

    STEP 6. REGISTER FOR COURSES Newstudentsmustmeetwithanacademicadvisor beforeregisteringforcourses.

    Paymentarrangements,includingfinancialaid, mustbeinplaceattimeofregistration.

    For more information call 517.796.8425 or online at www.jccmi.edu

  • Whats Next Spring 2009

    Printing of this publication is funded in part through a Carl D. Perkins grant.

    Issue 6

    A publication of Jackson Community College

    Are you readyfor college?

    Ready, set, go to college! a checklist for high schoolers

    Why go to college?

    Secrets for your success

    Money matters:Finanical Aid helps with college costs

    Alternative EnergyDegreeoffers opportunity for green jobs

    Make yourself athome at JCC!

    Whats up at JCC?

    Tuition comparison

    Career programs

    Hello students!High school is a busy, exciting, fun time of life! Dont forget, however, a little planning now can help you be prepared for the future when your days in high school come to an end. This publication is designed to offer suggestions on how to prepare for college while you are still in high school.

    Deciding whether or not to go to college will be a significant choice in your life. There are many reasons to go to college, to prepare for a job, to increase your opportunities, to find employment, to improve your future earning potential, and become a well-rounded individual. There are many opportunities for higher education, including the community college, public and private universities and more. Consider all of your options when making this very important decision.

    At Jackson Community College we are committed to seeing students succeed, and we want you to have the best experience possible. The College now offers three 15-week semesters throughout the year, making it possible for students to begin their studies any semester and finish faster, if they choose.

    JCC offers excellent career programs that will help you develop new job skills. Our partnerships with other colleges and universities help you easily transfer JCC courses. We have a variety of Student Life activities: sports, performing arts, leadership opportunities and more, to help give you a full college experience.

    Good luck to you as you complete high school and plan for the future. I invite you to visit JCC and see what we have to offer.


    Dr. Michelle Shields Dean, Student Services










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    Choosing a college is a decision I can make on my own - True or False?False. While the decision will ultimately be yours, it is important to talk over the options with parents, teachers, counselors, coaches and other trusted friends who can help guide you in this important choice. Seeking advice is a wise move.

    I can wait until my last semester of my senior year to starting thinking about college. - True or False?False. There are important steps you need to take from your freshman year and earlier to be fully ready for college, such as taking challenging courses and saving money. Read through the checklists on pages 4 - 7 to see the recommendations.

    No one in my family has ever been to college, I may not be college material - True or False?False. No one is wrong for college. Colleges and universities come in all sizes with a wide assortment of programs and specialties large, public universities to smaller universities, private liberal arts colleges, community colleges, technical and trade schools. All offer some level of support services, so shop around and see which one is the best fit for you.

    I can find help paying for college - True or False? True. Most colleges offer some level of financial assistance, called financial aid. Speak with your counselor or a college admissions officer that can help guide you through the financial aid process, with its first step being filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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    I have to decide on a program of study or major right away - True or False? False. Much of the first semesters are spent taking general studies courses, English, math and so on. Most college students, even those who think they know what they want to do, change their program or major one or two times before they are finished. If you are interested in a shorter career-focused program that can be completed in about a year, it is good to have some idea what your interests are.

    Its important to take challenging courses all four years of high school - True or False? True. College courses are rigorous and move at a faster pace than high school, so its important to be well-prepared. Following the Michigan curriculum requirements will help prepare you for college academics.

    You have to have perfect grades to do well in college - True or False?False. While grades are important, students dont have to be perfect; few of us are. Sometimes taking a harder class and getting an average grade can be more beneficial than taking an easier class to get a high grade. Colleges offer support services that can help you along the way, including tutoring and study groups.

    A campus visit can help me decide what college to attend - True or False?True. College visits are an important part of the decision-making process. Visits to colleges, as well as attending college fairs and college night activities, can help you get an idea of what different institutions are like which will help you better decide where you will find your best fit.

    Getting involved beyond the classroom can help me when it comes time for college - True or False?True. Involving yourself in different activities can help you discover where your real interests and talents are. Whether you are into sports, music, drama, clubs, or volunteering in the community, all are worthwhile to help you find your interests and develop skills such as leadership and teamwork, which will help you in college and in your career.

    I can earn some college credit while in high school - True or False?True. Students may take dual enrollment courses while still in high school, putting them that much further ahead when they do start college and save money. Advanced Placement courses are also available at many high schools that can help students earn college credit. Speak with a high school counselor about what is available.

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    Dont stop now. Keep taking challenging classes.Fight senioritis. Second semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility. Stay involved and seek leadership roles in your activities.

    Its time to apply! Apply to the colleges you have chosen. Follow the instructions carefully and pay attention to deadlines! College applications are typically due in January, though it varies, and you should find out in April if you have been accepted.

    Well before your application deadlines, ask your counselor and teachers to submit required documents (e.g. transcript, letters of recommendation) to the colleges to which you are applying.

    Financial aid. Complete all necessary financial aid forms. Colleges require the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is available online or can be acquired from the college, guidance counselor or library.

    Attend a financial aid workshopto learn more about the process. College Goal Sunday is offered in late winter. Check out www.micollegegoal.org for details on this free financial aid event.

    Encourage your parents to complete their income tax forms early. That information will be necessary in filling out the FAFSA form, available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    Fill out your FAFSA as soon as income taxes are filed. Submit your FAFSA by the earliest financial aid deadline of the schools to which you are applying, usually by early February. After you complete your FAFSA, you should receive Student Aid Report (SAR). Quickly make any necessary corrections and send them to FAFSA for further processing.

    Males age 18 to 25 must register for Selective Service to apply for financial aid.

    Scholarships. Apply for scholarships as soon as possible. Check with your high schools guidance office or local library about scholarships that are available, and ask about any scholarships from employers or any professional associations, clubs or unions to which you or your parents belong. Many scholarship deadlines occur on or before March 1.

    Test do-over. Retake ACT or SAT tests if s