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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Introduction - Getting Started................................................................................................................................... 1

The LHS Guidance Website................................................................................................................................... 2

Top 10% - Financial Aid Scams – The GPA Myth................................................................................................ 3

Timetable for College and Career Planning.......................................................................................................... 4

Planning for Your Future........................................................................................................................................... 5

The LHS Career Center........................................................................................................................................... 5

Career Planning – The Occupational Outlook Handbook................................................................................ ....6

East Texas Educational Opportunity Center...................................................................................................... ...7

College For Texans.................................................................................................................................................. 8

College Planning and Financial Aid Websites...................................................................................................... 9

College Admission.................................................................................................................................................. 10

            What Are You Looking For In A College?................................................................................................. 10

            Types of Schools......................................................................................................................................... 10

What Colleges Require.......................................................................................................................................... 11

            Sample Letter to Request College Information........................................................................................ 11

Admission Requirements....................................................................................................................................... 12

College Admission Tests....................................................................................................................................... 13

            SAT............................................................................................................................................................... 13

            ACT............................................................................................................................................................... 14

            THEA Test.................................................................................................................................................... 15

            THEA Exemptions....................................................................................................................................... 15

Scholarships and You............................................................................................................................................. 16

            Ten Steps to Success................................................................................................................................ 16

Apply for Scholarships Not Associated With The College’s Financial Aid Office..................................... 17-19

Short Course on Financial Aid.............................................................................................................................. 20

            How Financial Aid Works.......................................................................................................................... 20

            Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs................................................................................... 20

            The Financial Aid Application................................................................................................................... 21

Financial Aid for Texas Students.......................................................................................................................... 22

Contacting Colleges in Texas and Beyond.......................................................................................................... 23

Military Careers....................................................................................................................................................... 24

Letters of Recommendation.................................................................................................................................. 24

NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse................................................................................................................. 25