BRACE/College Planning

  • Think College is just a dream?  Here’s help to make it real.

    • Prepare- create a four-year plan with your counselor and meet with her or him each year to monitor your progress and map out your course schedule.
    • Reflect- Take time to think critically about your high school experiences and how they are preparing you for the future.
    • Explore- Visit and tour college campuses whenever you can. There are so many types and sizes of colleges- and so many different environments.  See what feels most comfortable.  Fit is important!
    • Challenge Yourself- Take honors, Advance Placement (AP) or Dual Enrollment Courses. Colleges (especially the most selective ones) will want to see evidence of effort on your transcripts.
    • Gain Experience- Make good use of your summers! Apply to summer college prep programs, get a job or volunteer.

    College & Career Visits-

    • College and Career Visits are opened to Juniors and Seniors!
    • You must register in or to attend and space is limited.
    • To register go to your NAVIANCE account-> Home Page-> What’s New

    Transcript Request-

    • Transcripts are to be requested through NAVIANCE once you’ve submitted your application.
    • Steps to register go to your NAVIANCE account-> Colleges I’m Applying To-> Click on Initial Transcript-> Indicate how you applied.

    SAT/ACT scores are NOT on your transcripts

    SAT-

    https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

    If you were enrolled at MSD on 2/14/18, you may be eligible to receive all of the CollegeBoard related services at no charge.  Any questions, contact Mrs. Beth Martin at msdstrong@collegeboard.org

    ACT-

    http://www.act.org/

    If you are on free/reduced lunch, you may contact Mrs. Farrand for a fee waiver.

    FEDERAL STUDENT AID- FAFSA (Seniors)
    https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

    Applications open October 1st
    To qualify for federal student aid (grants, loans, and work-study funds), you have to meet certain requirements.
    Don’t forget to create an FSA ID #
    (Student & Parent/Guardian whom claims student must create FSA ID#)


    BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP- FFAA (Seniors)
    https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/SAPHome/SAPHome?url=home

    Applications open October 1st
    The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement.

    WELCOME SENIORS!
    All of your hard work comes together in 12th grade.  It’s time to start your applications.  Yes, this is important, but don’t stress out!  You’ve worked hard to get to this point.  Now it’s time to show it.  You are fantastic and you will shine.

    Remember:

    • Organize- Use your NAVIANCE account to create a calendar for deadlines.
    • Write- Start your application essay early so you have plenty of time to revise.
    • Research- Familiarize yourself with the specific application policies, financial aid procedures, and scholarships.
    • Ask- Approach your teachers to request letters of recommendation at least 6 weeks before a deadline.
    • Apply for Aid- In October, you will be applying for the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA), Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA- Bright Future) and/or CSS Profile.

    College Application Time!
    Most applications are due by November 1st! If you haven't already, remember to send your SAT/ACT scores to the schools you are applying/applied to. 
    Transcript request through NAVIANCE once you've submitted your application.
    Register for College Visits in NAVIANCE under the Colleges -> College Visits!
    All Seniors should be apply for Bright Futures and FAFSA beginning October 1st.

    WELCOME JUNIORS!
    Junior year is a busy one.  Keep up your academics, study for standardized tests (Such as ACT or SAT) and create a list of college that interest you.  Use your NAVIANCE account to facilitate this process.

    Remember:

    • Inquire- Attend college fairs and ask college representatives about their admissions processes and financial aid policies.
    • Consider- Select teachers who might write your letter of recommendation next year (or maybe this). Chose teachers who can speak to your character, your academic ability and your classroom interactions.
    • Test- Take the SAT or ACT as early as possible. You can continue to practice and retake.
    • Search- Begin looking for scholarships and colleges that offer what you are looking for.

    Now is the time to take your SAT/ACT. Some applications open up during the summer!
    (If you are applying during the summer, remember to send your SAT/ACT scores to the schools you are applying/applied to.
    Transcript request through NAVIANCE once you've submitted your application.)
    Register for College Visits in NAVIANCE under the COLLEGE HOME TAB!
    NAVIANCE is a great way to help you plan for your future. Now is the time to add colleges to your "Colleges I'm Thinking About" list, Search for Scholarships and take assessments to help determine what careers and majors are right for you.

    WELCOME SOPHOMORES!
    Work closely with your guidance counselor!

    NAVIANCE is a great way to help you plan for your future. Now is the time to add colleges to your "Colleges I'm Thinking About" list, Search for Scholarships and take assessments to help determine what careers and majors are right for you. 

    WELCOME FRESHMAN!

    Work closely with your guidance counselor!
    Please use NAVIANCE to set goals, add colleges you are interested in attending to your "colleges list", find scholarships that apply to your class and taking assessments to help you find out what careers would be best for you in the future.