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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

College Resources: Assisting You With Your Future Academic Requirements

Providing you with links to resources available to you via the Internet or in the Student and Family Resource Center.

Your Future Academic Success

The purpose of this page is to provide you with links to resources available to you via the Internet or in the Guidance Area of the CASTLE building. The links are not designed to be comprehensive, but are meant to serve as a launching point to get you started. 

These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Dalat International School of any of the products, services or opinions given

Dalat Documents

The Dalat Download Center holds several forms such as Letters of Recommendation (LOR) Brag Sheet and High School Four Year Plan. Requests for transcripts and LORs are made via the Guidance Department area within DISCourse.

USA Web Sites of Interest

Other Overseas University Portals

Researching Colleges

When you are researching information about colleges, keep in mind that you have many resources at your disposal.

You may choose to:

  • talk to and email the 50+ college reps who visit Dalat’s campus each year,
  • log into a newsgroup or chat room to discuss topics (such as choosing a major or finding a private college in New York),
  • e-mail students who are currently enrolled in the college of your interest,
  • contact alumni who may be good sources of information about the college itself and even job opportunities,
  • write to faculty who can be especially helpful in providing you with information about courses you are interested in, and
  • e-mail admissions and financial aid personnel who are important sources of contact.

Questions to ask Students

Questions to ask students enrolled in the college you’re interested in.

  • are there Christian groups available?
  • how easy is it to study in the dorms?
  • can you get the classes you want and need?
  • what are the pros/cons of your school?

The Broader Perspective

Look into both official and unofficial college sites to get a broader perspective of the institution.

  • official site = the college itself provides the information and it is intended to present itself as favorably as possible
  • unofficial site = other sources (i.e. alumni, faculty, students, student newspaper group) provide information and opinions about the institution.

The Pros of Applying Online

  • speeds and simplifies the process of sending and receiving mail from overseas
  • enters common information on all applications
  • provides quick and easy access
  • creates a personal record and simplifies tracking your application
  • facilitates applying for financial aid, scholarships, and housing
  • establishes an e-mail link to the admissions office

The Cons of Applying Online

  • repeated updating of password for privacy of information
  • periodic technical problems on the Web
  • availability of financial information such as credit card numbers
  • duplication of effort because many colleges require a paper copy of your application (or you may want a printout so your counselor can review it before you submit it)
  • transcripts and letters of recommendation must be mailed separately

For whichever method you decide to use, be sure to carefully follow instructions throughout the application process and save all the information you have submitted (on disk or on paper).

College Financing

Financial need is determined by taking the cost of attendance (including tuition, room and board, books) and subtracting the amount your family is able to contribute. Financial aid comes in the following forms; grants (money from federal and/or state governments, institution, or private organizations that doesn’t need to be repaid), scholarships (money awarded by the institution for achievement or ability), on-campus work-study programs funded by the federal government, and student loans (money to be repaid with interest).

Financial aid is awarded to students based on evaluation of family income, assets, size, and other factors. The only way to find out if you are eligible to receive aid, is to submit (from Oct.1 each year) the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Don’t rule out a college of choice because of cost.

Many colleges have substantial funds to enable them to meet the needs of students they want. To do so, they need to use a need analysis formula that takes into account factors that contribute to your need

Financial aid services provided by The College Board, including financial aid calculator, scholarship search, comparing awards and applying for loans. SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid provides information on financial aid sources, scholarship, military aid, link to the FAFSA, and an “Aid Advisor” for personalized help. Information on financial aid from the U.S. Dept. of Education, including the electronic version of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This site will walk you through the process from beginning to end.

Warnings on scholarship search scams with public service messages and place to file a complaint. Federal and state government web sites (U.S. Department of Education). See Scholarships.com for college scholarships including international education sites and a link to warnings on scholarship search scams.

Sallie Mae, the nation’s leading provider of student loans and administrator of college savings plans, has helped millions of Americans achieve their dream of a higher education.

A free scholarship search is available through FastWeb.

Further Resources

Some Book Resources available in the Guidance Department and the Dalat Library:

  • College Cost and Financial Aid Handbook (The College Board)
  • The Scholarship Handbook (The College Board)
  • The College Handbook
  • The Fiske Guide to Colleges
  • The International Student Handbook
  • Survive and Thrive: The International Student’s Guide to Succeeding in the US
  • Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition
  • Index of Majors and Graduate Degrees
  • How to Stay Christian in College – An Interactive Guide to Keeping the Faith

According to Kenneth Hartman’s “Internet Guide for College-Bound Students,” the best source of information on financial aid is each college’s own Web site. Look for answers to the following questions:

  • What percentage of incoming students receive some kind of grant, work-study, or loan? And what was the average dollar amount of each?
  • Is the college’s financial aid policy for first-year students different from the policy for second/fourth-year students? Can I expect a comparable financial aid package for each year that I’m enrolled?
  • What is the average loan burden of graduating students?
  • If financial need is only partially covered, does the college provide help in finding other funding to meet the remaining costs?
  • Do Early Decision applicants have a better chance of getting financial aid?
  • Does my status as an international student affect my chances of receiving financial aid?

For more information, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) will provide you with basic and in-depth financial aid advice for parents and students.

Career Resources

The Guidance Department has several things that will help you as you try to decide on a career.

There are several online resources that you may want to explore:

  • The Career Key offers a quick test that gives you a broad list of careers that you may be interested in pursuing from a USA perspective.
  • Career Net offers information for careers in South Korea
  • My Future provides career information for Australia
  • Virtual Job Shadow allows you to watch a “day in the life” video profile of different occupations.

Need a More Detailed Explanation of our University Guidance?

View our Online Roadmap to University Handbook for a detailed overview of Dalat’s University Guidance. This document is also available to download in PDF format.

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