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COLLEGE 101: WHAT TO DO, WHEN TO DO IT, AND HOW

Going to college can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Do you have no idea how to get there or how to pay for it? In this time of disruption, we’re taking it back to basics to help you get to college!

Join this FREE event to learn how to explore, apply, fund, and go to college!

4 NIGHTS, 4 STEPS.

Explore- September 20, 2021, 6:00 p.m. ET

There are multiple pathways to success, including career/technical programs, 2-year and 4-year degrees. Come learn about the main options and how to figure out which one is the right match for you.

Apply- September 21, 2021, 6:00 p.m. ET

Learn how to put your best foot forward in your college application and how to ace the essay.

Fund- September 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m. ET

There are 3 main ways to pay for college. Learn about each and how to ensure you get all you qualify for.

Go- September 23, 2021, 6:00 p.m. ET

You’ve applied. You’ve been accepted. Summer is an important time to finish steps so you can start strong in the fall.

2021 College/University Representative Visits to SAHS

Each fall semester we invite representatives from colleges and universities to visit SAHS to present information to students about their school. Juniors and seniors interested in participating in any of these informational presentations are to sign up in Guidance no later than one day prior to the scheduled visit. We have listed the current scheduled visits for this year below. Check back frequently to see if more schools have been added!

College Date Time Location
FCTC Wed 9-15 LUNCH (all 3 Lunch times ) Cafeteria
University of Florida Thurs. Sept 16 2:20-3:05 Cafeteria
University of Alabama Monday, Sept 27 1:30-2:15 Cafeteria
University of North Florida Thurs, Oct 14 10:15-11:00 Cafeteria
LSU Mon- Oct 25 2:20-3:05 Cafeteria
PALM Mitchel Academy Thurs – Oct 28 1:30-2:15 Cafeteria

 

College Visit Sign-Up Procedures (Sign up in Guidance):
1. Write your name on the sign-up form for the visit that you want to attend.
2. Remove a NEON label and place on the date of the visit in your planner.  This will be your pass for the day of the visit.
3. THE SIGN-UP SHEET WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON THE DAY OF THE VISIT!  YOU MUST SIGN UP PRIOR TO THE DAY OF THE VISIT!  YOU WILL NOT GET A PASS ON THE DAY OF THE VISIT!

Day of Visit Procedures:
1. Check in with your teacher first!!  Show them the NEON label/pass in your planner.
2. Proceed to the location on your NEON label/pass. Bring your planner with you.
3. The sign-in sheet will be passed around during the visit. Sign next to your name.
4. Report to class when the bell rings. If you are staying to speak to the admissions representative, you must get a pass from Mrs. Cashwell when you leave to go back to class.

TIPS:
1. Think of things you want to know about the college/university before the visit. Write down some questions you would like to have answered.
2. Sit close to the representative so you are able to hear all of the valuable information.
3. We want you to enjoy your visit, and learn a lot. HOWEVER…..if you choose to be disruptive or disrespectful, you will be asked to leave and will not be permitted to attend future visits.


Planning for College and Beyond
Please visit www.FloridaShines.org. This website was designed to help students succeed in school and life after graduation. You can find resources on preparing for college, college admissions, and degree programs.

This link (https://www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/get-ready-for-college-careers) provides a personalized high school progress evaluation, the College and Career Planner booklet, a College Checklist, as well as helpful resources for test-taking and studying skills.


Finding the Right College or University for You
In September 2015, The U.S. Department of Education released the College Scorecard website, an online college ratings system. The site provides information to users about institutions’ annual cost of tuition, graduation rates and median earnings of graduates 10 years after completing their studies, as well as more granular data regarding the percentage of students receiving federal loans and need-based aid (Pell grants). The site was designed to assist students in selecting post-secondary education options that will prepare them for their careers while avoiding the pitfalls of student loan debt and under performing institutions. https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

For more information on affordable colleges in Florida, please visit: http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/schools/florida/

This link will take you to the link from CollegeChoice.net of the Best Online Universities:  https://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/best-online-colleges-and-universities/

 


Florida State University System Admissions Matrix
Thinking about applying for one of Florida’s 12 state universities? Click the image below to download the matrix for information on location, size, average GPA and ACT/SAT test scores, etc.

Florida SUS Matrix


Career Planning
Please create a MyCareerShines account at: https://www.floridashines.org/find-a-career/plan-your-future-mycareershines.

This program provides:
•  A series of assessments about your interests, skills and priorities will help you connect with careers that are just right for you.
•  An extensive catalog of careers with easy-to-understand job descriptions will help you learn about the vast array of occupations that are available in the dynamic 21st century economy.
•  The online planner will help you create a personal path for education that prepares you for a successful career.
•  Information about colleges and financial aid will help you turn your plan into reality.
•  When you are ready for work, a variety of online tools will help you create a resume and search for jobs.