College counseling at MOT Charter is based our on belief that "finding where they're meant to be" is accomplished by identifying and applying to colleges and universities that match their own interests, abilities, aspirations and support their health and well-being. Each of our students come to the college search process seeking something different. Working in partnership with students and their families, our goal is to help identify appropriate matches for each student and provide support in the application and decision-making processes.
College Search Services:
- Four-year guidance plan for every student
- SAT test prep class (Sophomore year)
- Essay writing unit (Senior year)
- On campus College representative visits
- Naviance (college research) Software for students & families
For students undecided about a college major, they may choose to research industry-specific career options and projected employment trends through the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a website maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
NAVIANCE FOR STUDENTS
Naviance Student is an individualized, web-based college search and application service designed especially for students and parents. This comprehensive website provides you and your child help in making decisions about scholarships, colleges, and careers. As counselors, we use Naviance Student to track and analyze data about college and career plans. Naviance Student planning and advising process - Build a resume, complete on-line surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers.
- Research colleges and careers - Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other college entrance statistics to personalized and individual student data. Create goals and to‐dos lists and complete tasks assigned by the counselors to better prepare for future college and career goals.
- Sign up for college visits - Find out which colleges we are visiting and/or are visiting our school and sign up to attend those sessions.
- Search for local and national scholarships – Access local and national scholarships
- Monitor and Tracking of College Applications – Apply to colleges and monitor and track specific components of your applications.
Naviance Student also lets us share information with you and your child about up-coming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other Web resources for college and career information. In addition, the site includes a link that your child can use to send us an email message.
Additional College Search Resources include:
THE COLLEGE BOARD'S COLLEGE SEARCH - Updated annually, this service searches the College Board's database of more than 3,200 two- and four-year colleges. You can search by school name or set your own criteria based on the school's location, academic programs and financial aid policies.
NAVIANCE FOR PARENTS
What is Naviance Family Connection?
Parents can log into Naviance using your student's username and password, or a parent username/password, which is linked to the student’s account. Parents receive access information in Junior year, however if you have further questions about Naviance, please contact the counseling office at 302-696-2000.
College Test Preparation
Use the links below for information and to help prepare for the SAT & ACT exams
See the schedule and register for the SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests.
See the schedule and register for the ACT.
Student's GPA is viewable on high school report cards, or can be projected via link above. GPA information can be used in Naviance when searching for schools, and helpful in determining potential financial aid.
Choosing Your College "Short List"
In addition to your Naviance and online research, students are encouraged to visit prospective colleges either virtually or in person.
How do I get started?
It's recommended to wait to visit colleges until junior year, as what your want in college often changes. S Some families are eager to get started and explore options. If this is you, it’s best to start with colleges close to home or a place you are visiting to keep costs low - or explore through virtual tours and information colleges offer on their websites & social media. When visiting or researching a school, be sure to attend the information session and tour to get a broad overview of the college.
What should I ask on a College Tour?
It's a good idea to have questions prepared ahead of time when you visit a college. The questions depend on what matters to YOUR college search. Think about one or two things relating to the physical campus, academic programs, and social/residential life at each school that are most important to you. Make sure you leave knowing the answers to those questions.
Think about things like location (proximity to home, weather, how students engage), opportunities (research, relationships with professors, programs, alumni resources), and how you spend your free time (activities, living conditions, school spirit). Keep good notes, or better yet take a quick video right after you complete your tour! With your list of criteria and answers at the ready, you’ll be able to compare very different schools, and know why you do or do not think a certain school would be a good fit for you.
Want to play college sports?
All prospective Division I and II student-athletes must register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association Clearinghouse to be eligible to compete.
From University of Delaware (UD): We are committed to providing an affordable, top-quality education to state residents.
Historically, close to 90% of Delaware applicants are admitted to UD. Approximately 65% admit to main campus and 25% to our Associate in Arts Program. Delawareans who apply for admission by January 15 deadline, will not compete with non-Delawareans for spaces at the University.
Students who are Delaware residents can learn more: Commitment to Delawareans.
Delaware SEED & Inspire Scholarships
Students who are Delaware residents may be able to attend Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) or the University of Delaware Associates in Art program tuition free?
SEED (Student Excellence Equals Degree) Scholarship Program:
- At DTCC, you can enroll in credit and non-credit programs for up to 10 semesters. You must have at least a 2.5 GPA if enrolling in an associate’s degree program. There is no GPA requirement if enrolling in a workforce-training certificate. Students can attend part-time after their first semester. Students must meet all requirements for admission to the school and file a FAFSA each year. For more information about SEED at DTCC, visit: dtcc.edu/admissions-financial-aid/financial-aid-scholarships/types-aid/seed/scholarship-requirements.
- The University of Delaware’s Associate of Art Program gives students the option to earn an associate’s degree at the Dover, Georgetown, or Wilmington Campus, then transition to the Newark campus to earn their Bachelor’s degree. Students must have a 2.5 GPA, meet all of the requirements for admission to the school and file the FAFSA each year. SEED recipients who have not used all 10 semesters of eligibility can use SEED towards their junior year of a bachelor’s degree at the University of Delaware. Learn more about the SEED scholarship at the University of Delaware’s Associate in Arts Program here: aap.udel.edu/seed/overview.
- Delaware State University offers a 4-year, full tuition scholarship to qualifying Delaware high school graduates who enroll at DSU in the fall semester directly after high school graduation. Students need at least a 2.75 (80%) and must complete at least ten hours of community service per semester. Students must meet all requirements for admission to the school and file a FAFSA each year. Learn more about the Inspire scholarship here: desu.edu/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships/inspire-scholarship.
How to Pay for College: An Overview of Financial Aid
Approximately $9 million in scholarships are offered each year related to academic excellence, leadership potential, and athletic achievement. As much as we value our academic successes, our goal is to help students choose character before career and wisdom beyond scholarship. Students are encouraged to start researching scholarships prior to their senior year through online resources or by working with the Guidance Counselor’s office.
Graduating seniors & their families should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in the fall of their senior year to qualify for the best financial packages from colleges. Based on the result of the FAFSA, students will receive federal/state grants and loans.
- Parent Pro Tip: All families, even those who anticipate a high Expected Family Contribution (EFC), should submit a FAFSA application each year your student is enrolled in college. Many institutions will not consider aid for students who have not completed their FAFSA.
SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES - To receive application notices about scholarships, deadlines and offers students are encouraged to register at the following online scholarship search resources/directories:
- FAFSA - Free application for federal student aid
- CSS PROFILE FOR FINANCIAL AID - CSS Profile is the financial aid application service of the College Board.
- FINAID - The SmartStudent guide to financial aid
- COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY - Information website for the college financial decision making process.
- FASTWEB - Free scholarship search service.