Covid-19: College, Career, & Life Readiness Updates
How can I meet with my School Counselor or BRACE Advisor?
Your School Counselor and BRACE Advisor will still be available via email. Find your BRACE Advisor!
Is there a way to access learning resources from home?
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is committed to supporting students and families in making sure that learning never closes. When the school buildings are closed for any reason (vacation, weekends, or even unexpected closures), BCPS encourages families and caregivers to have students engage in academic activities.
To learn more about continuing education, go to www.browardschools.com/learningnevercloses
Can I still log into Naviance?
Yes! Now is a great time to log into Naviance and explore colleges, careers, scholarships and work on your resume. Visit www.browardschools.com/Naviance for more information.
Do Seniors need to complete 40 community service hours to graduate?
No. Service hours have been waived for seniors. However, students are encouraged to continue turning in their service hours, as they are still required for Bright Futures and other programs.
If you still need service hours for Bright Futures, check with the Volunteer Liason at your school for the new virtual volunteer opportunities that are currently available.
HandsOn Broward also has a great opportunity for students to earn service hours from home. By becoming a volunteer Pen Pal, you can reach out to those in need while staying safe and earning service hours. Sign up to be a Pen Pal!
How can I get help with Financial Aid and Scholarships?
There’s no better time to secure Federal Student Aid funds for college than right now, and we have virtual assistance available to show you how.
Find Scholarships on Naviance! You can always search and apply for local and national scholarships. Apply for as many scholarships as possible!
You should also search the website of the college or university, that you plan on attending, for any institutional scholarships that may be available.
And remember, you can still contact your BRACE Advisor for financial aid questions or concerns.
Are there any changes to Bright Futures Scholarships?
We are still waiting to hear from Bright Futures regarding any changes. However, you should still complete your Florida Financial Aid Application; just go to www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org
What about the FAFSA?
You can still complete the FAFSA, just go to the website: www.fafsa.ed.gov
If you need help completing your FAFSA, you can join one of our virtual FAFSA labs. Weekdays and Saturdaya, you can get live assistance!
FAFSA Saturdays, 3pm-5pm
How do I get my transcripts sent to colleges/universities?
You can request to have your transcript sent to a college/university by logging into to Naviance to request a transcript. View instructions for requesting transcripts
How else can I stay connected?
@bracecadets on Instagram
@bracecadets & @Counselor_BRACE on Twitter
Where can I find more College & Career Readiness information?
- Raise.me has consolidated resources for at-home college planning, go to https://www.raise.me/blog/covid-19-resources-for-students-and-parents/
- Naviance has launched a new video series on approaching the college search process while at home, called Chats with Colleges. Watch the latest episode!
I still need help...
Our College & Career Readiness Specialists can be reached for further questions. Send us an email!
College, Career & Life Readiness
Students are considered college and career ready when they have the knowledge, skills, and academic preparation needed to enroll and succeed in introductory college-credit courses. These same attributes and levels of achievement are needed for entry and success in postsecondary workforce education or directly into a job that offers gainful employment and career advancement.
High School Academic Progress Evaluation
The High School Academic Progress Evaluation helps currently enrolled public high school students measure their credits, achievements and progress in high school to prepare for success in college and careers. Evaluations are based on information from school districts and the Florida Department of Education and provide students with access to records including their transcripts, grade point average (GPA) and assessments such as the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), the SAT and the ACT.
The High School Academic Progress Evaluation can be found at www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/get-ready-for-college-careers.
College & Career Planner
The College & Career Planner helps middle and high school students understand their options, select a graduation plan and map out the coursework they need in high school to prepare them for postsecondary education or training appropriate for their chosen career path. It includes a four-year high school planning worksheet that can be printed and used to fulfill the middle school career and education planning course requirement.