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College Readiness

Here in Sheldon ISD...

 

WE BELIEVE IN PREPARING YOUR STUDENT TO BECOME COLLEGE READINESS! 

For many, college is an investment in the future to creating a brighter pathway of success. It's statistically proven that the higher education level you obtain, the more potential you have for a higher annual income. A college education opens the doors to many different possibilities for your child. We believe that every students' plan is different from one another, therefore we support trade/technical schools, community colleges and universities. 

 

Types of Degrees

Certificate - are non-degree offerings below the associate degree and are most often offered in technical and vocational fields of study. They generally lead to employment in an occupational field. Examples - Certificate in Cosmetology, Certificate in Automotive Technology.(These programs generally require a minimum of 60 credits).


Associate Degree - two types of associate majors are offered. (1) Technological and vocational specialties that are generally completed in 2 yr. of college study and are usually sufficient for entrance into an occupational field, and (2) college or university parallel programs that are like the first 2 yr. of a 4yr college curriculum often referred to as a Transfer Degree. Examples - AS Degree in Accounting, AS Degree in Paralegal Studies. (These programs generally require a minimum of 90 credits).


Bachelor's Degree – sometimes called baccalaureate degrees, generally require 4 to 5 yr. of study. The bachelor of arts (BA) and bachelor of science (BS) are the most common baccalaureates, and both include general education
courses, a major and electives.

 

Master's Degree - Master of arts (MA) and master of science (MS) programs lead to the customary first graduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and usually take one to two academic years of study beyond a baccalaureate degree to complete.


Doctoral Degree - may be the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.), awarded in many of the humanities, arts, and sciences, or another doctoral degree such as the doctor of education (Ed.D), or doctor of public health(DPH). Doctoral programs usually consist of course work and independent research culminating in a dissertation or other formal presentation of the results of independent study. Student must have already received a baccalaureate degree. 

 

 

College Testing Requirements

Most four–year universities require students to take a college entrance exam as part of their admissions requirements.

 

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

  • Tests critical reading, writing and math skills
  • SAT Subject Tests may also be required by select colleges

ACT (American College Test)

  • Tests English, math, reading and science reasoning
  • Includes an optional writing section

 

 

Admission Requirements

Colleges are looking for well-rounded students that are able to maintain a good academic record while also being actively involved in their school and community.

  • Academic Records
  • Test Scores
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Essay(s)
  • Student Activities and Employment

 

 

Paying for College

The cost of college depends on what type of institution your child will attend and whether or not it is public or private. College costs usually include tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses. While college costs can be expensive, don’t put your dream of a college education for your child on hold because you think you can’t afford it!Many families pay for college using savings, current earnings and prepaid tuition plans. More than half of all families receive some type of financial aid to pay for college.

 

 

Types of Financial Aid:

  • Grants – Need-based aid that does have to be paid back.
  • Loans – Borrowed money that must be repaid with interest.
  • Work-Study – Allows students to work to earn money for educational expenses.
  • Scholarships – Usually awarded based on grades, talent or need.

 

What can you do to prepare your child?