College and Career Happenings

March 2016

Topics Included in this Issue

  • Financial Aid Award letters
  • Getting Started at COD
  • Visiting Campuses
  • Juniors and College Admission Testing
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Financial Aid for Senior Families

Award letters are the result of completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). These letters provide specific information on any financial aid given and the cost of attendance to families. Families should begin to receive award letters either through mail or email. Students should check email addresses they used to apply as well as any new email addresses that may be created at the college level once students have been admitted to a particular college.

Comparing award letters can be tricky. Use this tool created by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to compare your awards. Click here for more information on award letters.

There are several scholarships available through Family Connection. Follow the directions below to see all of the opportunities. Additionally, search specific college websites for scholarship opportunities.

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Getting Started at College of DuPage

For any students planning to attend College of DuPage, here are detailed steps students should take to get started. Stop by the College and Career Center to pick up a paper copy of the flyer below if needed.
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Juniors: Get on campus!

Spring is a great time to get on college campuses. Visiting is the best way to see if a college is right for you! If you go on a school day, take this College Visit Form with you and return it to the attendance office.

Check Family Connection's document library for more information on planning your visits.

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Juniors and College Admission Testing

A free ACT will be offered during school on April 19th. Registration for this test will take place during school. Additional dates are offered by ACT outside the school day for a fee. Students must register for these with ACT. Click here for the additional test dates.

All colleges will accept both ACT and SAT scores for admission consideration. Students do not need to take both admission tests.

College Visit Information

Parents can view a list of college representatives visiting DGN by following these steps.

1. Log in to Family Connection

2. Click on "I'm a guest"

3. Enter the password "purpleandwhite"

4. Click on the colleges tab on the left side.

5. Upcoming college visit information can be found on the right side

Students can sign up to meet with college representatives visiting DGN by following these steps.

1. Log in to Family Connection

2. Click on the "colleges" tab

3. "view upcoming visits"

4. Next to the college you choose, click "sign up"

5. "sign me up"

6. Pick up the purple pass the morning of the visit from the College and Career Center.

Scholarship Information

Parents can also view scholarships by following the steps 1-4 above. Scroll down to the section marked "scholarships & money." Click on "scholarship list."

Students can utilize the scholarship list by doing the following:

1. Log in to Family Connection

2. Click on the "colleges" tab

3. Scroll down to "scholarships & money"

4. Click on "scholarship list"

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Parents and students can view a list of summer enrichment opportunities by following these steps.

1. Log in to Family Connection using student or guest access (directions for guest access can be found above in the College Visit Information section).

2. Click on the "colleges" tab

3. Scroll down to "college research"

4. Click on "enrichment programs"


Events at the University of Illinois

Please click here for a list events held at University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) this fall.

Purdue Women in Engineering is Hosting Juniors Exploring Engineering

Monday, April 11th, 12am

610 Purdue Mall

West Lafayette, IN

This is a daylong, free event. For more information and to register go to Registrations are due by April 4th.

Southern Illinois University Aviation Department and United Airlines Career Day

Saturday, April 23rd, 12am

O'Hare, Chicago, IL, United States

Chicago, IL

The SIU Aviation Department is holding their annual United Airlines Career Day on Saturday April 23rd, 2016! This event is open to high school students in the Chicagoland area who are interested in a career in aviation. This is a free event that will depart from Chicago O’Hare on Saturday morning April 23rd and return to O’Hare that afternoon. Students will be provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as the opportunity to interact with United Airlines employees who are alumni of our aviation program. We will also give tours of our facility as well as campus. Students will also receive an event T-Shirt. The application will be available on our website: starting Monday morning (February 29th) At 10:00 AM. This event is a first come first serve basis.

As this is a free event, all spots are reserved upon a first come first serve basis. Meaning the first 116 students to turn in their waivers will be reserved a spot.