Welcome to King/Drew Magnet High School's College Office!
Higher Education: A Definite Goal
The College Office assists students with exploring their options for higher education and provides them with the tools and resources they need to successfully navigate the admissions and financial aid processes. The College Office also collaborates with representatives of colleges, universities, enrichment programs, and scholarship agencies to inform King/Drew students and parents about the amazing post-secondary options available.
Mrs. Lisa Golden, College Advisor, oversees the College Office and administers its educational and advisory program with the help of College Peer Counselors, a select group of King/Drew seniors that receive special training in the admissions and financial aid processes. Mrs. Golden is extremely excited to support and work with the King/Drew Family each and every year!
College Peer Counselors (CPC's) are seniors who receive special training in the College Admissions Process and are the heart of the college office. They assist their peers in completing college entrance and exam applications, writing personal statements, searching for scholarships, meeting pertinent deadlines, and selecting colleges that meet individual interests and needs. College Peer Counselors are instrumental in the successful 90% senior population that attends college. They organize the Parent College Information Workshops and the 40 college presentations that occur annually.
College Peer Counselors 2020 - 2021:Angel Akinwole, Ivan Alcaraz, Jesse Amaya, Felicity Anum, Jai-Laan Blackmon, Kelese Bryant, Christian Figueroa, Valerie Fraga, Adriana Healey, Annexcys Hernandez, Mikaela Jackson, Laila Kegler, Kyla Leslie, Imani Moore, Illiana Nava, Leslie Nguyen, Miracle Ogbonnaya, Danae Ramirez, Naomi Ransom, Mary Riley, Rosario Rosales Mora, Ana Saldana Rodriguez, Sateyia Taqi Kanu
Congratulations to Jai-Laan Blackmon, Adriana Healey, and Rosario Rosales who all applied early and have been admitted to the colleges of their dreams! They also completed applications to competitive scholarship programs and filed their FAFSA Application early to ensure they would receive the financial support needed to earn their first college degrees. All 3 of these amazing scholars took advantage of opportunities afforded to them at King/Drew. They took rigorous courses, completed the Hospital Careers Program as Juniors, held leadership roles in clubs and organizations, participated in academic summer programs, met with their academic counselor, Mr. Washington, on a regular basis, followed the college admissions process outlined by Mrs. Golden, and received dynamic letters of recommendation from Ms. Marzan, Mrs. Espinoza, Ms. Lopez, Mr. Monaco, Mr. Ng, Mr. Jones-Sawyer, and Dr. Johnstone. These determined, focused, resilient, ambitious, and kind young ladies represent the Legacy of King/Drew and embody the reality that "Success is Nothing but Hard Work!"
Jai-Laan, Adriana, and Rosario...WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!
Jai-Laan Blackmon will attend Washington University in St. Louis in the fall. She has been awarded $71,434.00 per year in scholarships and grants.
Adriana Healey will attend Dickinson College in Pennsylvania as a Posse Scholar. She has been awarded $68,985.00 per year in scholarships and grants.
Rosario Rosales will attend Dartmouth College in New Hampshire as a QuestBridge Scholar in the fall. She has earned $77,517.00 per year in scholarships and grants.
These King/Drew Scholars Applied and Qualified, so please take advantage of the Scholarships listed below and get your FASTWEB Scholarship Account TODAY!!!!
Preparing for College as an Underclassman (9th-11th grade)
It is never too early to start thinking about college or how to become college ready. If there is even a part of you that knows you would like to attend college, these are some suggested ways to ensure you are college admission ready by the time you are a senior:
Ensure that you are taking courses that will satisfy the A-G requirements. Without fulfilling the A-G requirements completely, you are deemed ineligible to apply to any CSU/UC/Private institution.
Make sure that you obtain a A/B average in the courses that you choose to take. Remember, though D's can count for high school graduation, but D's do not count for college admission!! If you have any D's on your transcript, you must retake the courses before your Senior Year to ensure A-G eligibility!
Participate in clubs, organizations, and academic enrichment programs! Colleges will consider your consistent participation with these extra organizations! At the end of your junior year / beginning of your senior year, fill out the "Brag Sheet Template" with all your clubs, organizations, enrichment programs, and achievements! This will help you with college applications as well as letter of recommendations when your senior year comes!
Do research on what different schools exist (whether these schools are local or out of state, what kind of programs and majors they offer how much they cost, admissions requirements) just so you can find the schools that are best for you! In addition, visiting campus or even a school's admissions presentation can give you as a student a better insight on what the campus is really like.
Take the SAT/ACT at least once during 11th grade in order to get familiar with the format of the exam! If you have the capacity to do so, study and then take the test once more to see if you can raise your score!
The "High School College Prep Timeline" document gives you step by step instructions on what to do to ensure that you are college admission ready and prepared. Download that document and read it to ensure that you are doing the best you can to complete every single one of those suggestions. The document covers this in detail, therefore it is best to use this as your reference.
In addition, the "4 Systems of Higher Ed: Explained" document displays the differences between the types of higher education institutions that exist in California (Community College, Cal States, University of California, Private Institutions). It details examples of schools included in that system, cost, majors and programs available, and admissions requirements! It is definitely a good reference guide to understand the nuances between each type of higher education system.
Financial Aid Applications - FAFSA vs. CA Dream Act Explained
Financial Aid is essentially forms of money (grants, scholarship, work study, loans) that can be provided to you to help offset the cost of going to college. In order to be considered for Financial Aid, you must fill out a financial aid application. The two types of applications that are available are the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CA Dream Act. You only need to fill out one of these applications!!
If you are a student that is a citizen of the United States, you would fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
You need the following in order to fill out the application:
Student Permanent Resident Card (if applicable), Parent Proof of Income (W2 or Income Verification)
Refer to the "Commonly Asked Questions About Financial Aid" document under the "Financial Aid Essentials" tab on the left side if you need more detailed guidance. There will be more in depth workshops on how to fill out each of these applications, so check the "College Calendar" for more updates.
If you have a special familial circumstance (i.e: if you are foster youth, considered independent, or parents are widowed/divorced/separated), please contact Mrs.Golden as soon as you have your financial aid documents and make an appointment to discuss how to fill out your financial aid application to best reflect your financial situation!
Types of Financial Aid -- Explained
Financial Aid is essentially forms of money that are provided to help offset the cost of a college education. To be considered for financial aid, you would need to fill out FAFSA or Dream Act Application. These are four types of financial aid:
Grants: Free money awarded by either the state and/or school that you are attending in order to help offset expenses such as tuition, books and housing. You do not need to pay this money back!
Scholarships:Free money awarded by either outside organizations and/or the school you are attending in order to help offset expenses such as books, housing, and any other expenses that occur when you are in college. You do not need to pay this money back.
Here are a few places in which you can find scholarships:
Check if the colleges you are applying to has a scholarship resource center! Usually these resource centers include scholarships for incoming freshman and specific majors.
Create an account at Fastweb (www.fastweb.com). This account allows you to enter your details so that you can get personalized scholarship opportunities according to your characteristics (i.e major, ethnicity, talents, gpa).
Use google to your advantage! Google everything under the sun when it comes to scholarships. A few examples may be: "incoming freshman scholarships", "incoming (insert major here) scholarships", "first generation student scholarships".
Try your local businesses.
General scholarship tips:
If a scholarship has you "pay to apply", it is usually not a legit scholarship. Stay away from those!
Many students tend to go for the big scholarships (i.e: Gates Millennium / Coca-Cola Scholarship), but since so many people apply, your chance of attaining the scholarship may not be as great. Try going for the smaller scholarships (i.e those that award anywhere from $200-$500), as attaining multiple of these will eventually add up to a larger sum.
Apply for scholarships constantly! It may seem discouraging at times when you do not hear from many of the ones you go for, but if you cast your net wide and apply to a set amount each week, you are bound to get a few!!
Work-Study:Money awarded to students through working a part time job. You would not receive this money upfront like grants, scholarships, or loans, but rather this money go towards contributing to a bi-weekly (or monthly) paycheck to help you survive throughout the academic term. It can be used for any expenses that pop up during an academic term!
Loans:Money that is available for students to borrow in order to offset the cost of education not covered by grants, scholarships, and work-study. This is money that has to be paid backwith interest -- so please take only what you need!! Different forms of loans have different terms and conditions, so please be aware of them if you decide to take them out!
Subsidized Loans: Loans that are provided to students only with a low interest rate. These are the most student-friendly because interest does not accumulate while you are in school. For example, if you take a subsidized loan out your first year, the amount you owe by the time you have graduated is still $1000. Interest on this loan will start accumulating six months after you graduate.
Unsubsidized Loans: Loans that are provided to students only with a low interest rate. These are less student-friendly because interest accumulates from the second you decide to take the loan out. For example, if you take a $1000 unsubsidized loan out your first year, the amount you owe on that loan by the time you graduate may be $1000 + whatever interest has accumulated since you took that loan out four-five years ago.
Parent Plus Loans: Loans that are provided to parents only with a low interest rate. Parents would take out these loans in their name in order to pay for their child's education. Parent Plus loans are unsubsidized, which means interest accumulates from the second you decide to take that loan out.
If you are applying to a four year college that is not a CSU or a UC, it may require something called the CSS Profile (in addition to the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application). The CSS Profile is an additional financial aid application in order to ensure eligibility non-federal aid at private institutions. For each school that you applied to that is not a CSU or UC, you must independently check whether or not they require the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA / CA Dream Act application (which usually can be done by visiting each individual college/university's financial aid page -- use google to help!).
If your private institution requires the CSS Profile, you can find the application at cssprofile.org and fill it out using your College Board account!
The document "CSS Profile 2020-21" under Financial Aid essentials further details how to fill out the CSS Profile.
CSS Profile Tips
Remember, each school will have their own individual priority deadlines! It is up to you to make sure that you submit the CSS Profile application before each priority deadline!
You may be required to submit additional documents through Institutional Documentation Services (iDOC). Each school may require different documents for each school, so it is your responsibility to keep track of each document.
Virtual College Presentations and Financial Aid Workshops
The SAT Subject exams will NO LONGER in the US; the SAT with writing will NO LONGER be offered. This means Juniors can take the SAT with Writing this (Spring) semester. Juniors will have the option to take the SAT or the SAT with Writing; however, some of the more competitive Private Schools have NOT committed to a Test Optional admissions process for those students in the Class of 2022 and beyond, so Mrs.Golden recommends Juniors register for the SAT with Writing and the ACT with Writing. You may request a fee waiver by emailing Mrs.Golden: email@example.com
If you feel confident after taking the SAT with the school during your junior year, you can use this score or try for one more take to see if you can raise your score!
College usually recommend students to take the SAT or ACT at maximum 2-3 times. If you happen to take both standardized tests, send both scores to the universities.