Juniors and Seniors: ETBU Preview Days
ETBU will have their first preview event at East Texas Baptist University, ETBU Preview, on Monday, January 22. any students who may be interested in ETBU, are encouraged to attend this event!
Additional visit dates are listed below along with a short blurb about each opportunity. You can see more information about visiting campus online here: https://www.etbu.edu/admissions/visit-etbu/ Regular Campus Visits are also available Monday through Friday at 9:30am & 1:30pm.
ETBU Preview – January 22, February 19, April 9
For high school and transfer students interested in ETBU, this is a great opportunity spend the whole day on their beautiful campus! During this FREE event, students will get to attend an ETBU chapel, sit in on a college class of their choosing, and eat lunch in the Student Commons. Students will end the day with a tour of campus and a student panel where they can ask current students questions about ETBU. Family & friends are welcome to attend.
Tiger Day – March 3
During this FREE SATURDAY event, students will have the opportunity to attend an Academic Showcase, take a tour around the ETBU campus, sit in an admissions and financial aid talk, and hear from a student panel. You will also be given tickets for an ETBU Tiger athletic event!
Juniors: AggieLand Saturday is February 10th
I hope you all are doing well and are having a great start to the New Year! Well, it’s that time of year again for Aggieland Saturday, our campus-wide Open House for prospective students to tour campus, tour dorms, meet with the colleges (majors), speak to an admissions advisor, speak to current students, and attend special presentations put on academic departments.
This year, as tradition, Aggieland Saturday is the second Saturday in February…Saturday, February 10, 2018. (And yes, I know that it is an ACT testing day, so this would be good for students not taking the ACT.)
We have 2 options for attending Aggieland Saturday:
Option 1: As we did last year, I will be offering an opportunity for students to ride with me to Aggieland Saturday on a chartered bus as part of the Parent Program. We only have room for 25 students and their parent. Here are the details:
- The Office of Admissions asks the student be a Junior in the Top 10% or Top 25% w/ promising test scores.
- The student must bring 1 parent.
- Meals will be provided for this group of students and their parents.
- The cost of the trip is FREE. Students and their parents will just need to meet us at the Tyler Rose Garden Center Parking Lot at 5:30am the morning of February 10, 2017 to board the charter bus.
- Students will be required to take the bus down and back with us this year.
- Students can register for this opportunity at: https://recruiter.tamu.edu/register/Feb10PPET
Option 2: If this does not work for students and their parents, due to distance to Tyler or whatever, they are welcome to attend Aggieland Saturday on their own. However, we will not provide meals for them if they opt to drive themselves down. Students and parents wanting to just go on their own can register here: https://admissions.tamu.edu/agsat
Freshman and Sophomores: Start Your College List Now
- Begin with your academic goals. Academics should always be your first priority. Start by identifying colleges that have your major, or that can help you explore broadly before you choose a major.
- Determine what else you want. If you are passionate about one or two other features (perhaps it's an urban location or a sport you want to play), make these your second and third priorities.
- Find 10 colleges to research further. Use College Match to search for colleges based on typical things like location and majors offered, and on less obvious (but important!) factors such as the percent of students awarded merit aid, levels of student debt, and freshman satisfaction.
Seniors: College Financial Aid Award Letters
Juniors and Seniors: College Application Fee Waivers
- Through the college. You can request an application fee waiver directly from a college, often by writing a letter signed by a school official. Most colleges have information on how to apply on their websites.
- Using a SAT/ACT fee waiver. If you took the ACT or SAT and were eligible to have your test fees waived, you automatically qualify for application fee waivers at multiple colleges.
- Using a NACAC fee waiver. The National Association for College Admission Counseling provides fee waiver forms through its website.
- When you apply online. The Common App, the Universal College Application, and the Coalition Application let you apply for fee waivers when completing your applications online.
Seniors: SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Texas Engineering Foundation Scholarship
Seniors: SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: RMHC Scholars Scholarship Program
Seniors: SFA's November Financial Aid Newsletter
financial aid newsletter is here.
The November edition of SFA's financial aid newsletter is now available to view, download and print.
This month's newsletter includes information about:
- being classified as dependent vs. independent
- information about the data retrieval tool
- signing the FAFSA
- when to apply for the FAFSA.
Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: What is the Price Tag for a College Education?
- Tuition and fees. Colleges charge tuition for instruction and fees for services like gym access, academic advising, and campus elections.
- Room and board. The total college price includes estimates for on- and off-campus housing and meals.
- Books and supplies. Colleges add in the average costs for textbooks and other learning materials, including computers.
- Personal and transportation expenses. Miscellaneous costs for things like local transportation, clothing, and entertainment are included in the total cost as well.
Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: How to Shine in Your College Essay
- Develop your topic like a story. Colleges look for students who seek challenges and learn from them. Even a small incident of personal growth can lead to an amazing essay.
- Get a good start. One way to get going is to talk through your topic. Record your thoughts or have someone note them for you.
- Show your thoughtfulness. Push yourself to think deeply about why your topic is compelling to you. Explain how you feel about it and why.
- Revise until it feels right. Ask someone with excellent grammar skills, such as a teacher or parent, to proofread it.
Seniors: Texas A&M Important Information from Derek Nido
We have extended our application deadline to January 2, 2018 and our credential deadline to January 10, 2018. The deadlines were extended primarily for hurricane victims, but we did extended the deadline for all students. However, even though the deadline has been extended, we are still encouraging students in the Dallas-Fort Worth and East Texas Areas to submit before December 1, 2017 (because why would you want to be rushing to submit your college application during Winter Break?). The university will also be closed the week in-between Christmas and New Years, so no one will be available to answer questions or receive documents during that time.
Our Priority Deadline for the FAFSA/TASFA remains at December 15, 2017.
Please note that I have offered to meet with students this week and next in the evenings for Aggie Coffee Talks. Students with either an open or submitted application were notified this afternoon regarding the dates and times. Please encourage any of your students who may have outstanding questions or concerns to attend one of these sessions.
During these Aggie Coffee Talks, I do have time allotted for Walk-Ins. If you have some questions or would like to drop off some materials for your students, please feel free to meet with me during the Walk-In times below:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Walk-Ins: 6-6:30pm & 8-8:30pm
Location: Starbucks, 113 N NW Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75703
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, Walk-Ins: 8-8:30pm
Location: Starbucks, 1320 S Broadway Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
Thursday, November 30, 2017, Walk-Ins: 6-6:30pm & 8-8:30pm
Location: Starbucks, 1645 Town East Blvd. Mesquite, TX 75150
**I will be hosting similar Coffee Talks in Texarkana and in Longview next week. I will send those dates/times out later this week.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am always happy to help.
Thanks and Gig’em,
Derek J. Nido ‘11 | Regional Advisor II- East Texas
Office of Admissions, Division of Academic Affairs | Texas A&M University
Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Prospective Student Center
3900 Arlington Highlands Blvd. #273 | Arlington, TX 76018
ph: 817.375.0960 | fax: 817.375.8924 | email@example.com
Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Virtual College Fair
Seniors: DISCOVER Student Loans
I know that this is a busy time of year, but I wanted to remind you that our $2,500 Scholarship Award is still available for eligible students and parents through December 31, 2017. Students and parents can enter by signing up to receive tips and resources on https://scholarship.collegecovered.com/ No purchase or loan necessary to enter or win.
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