SAT Subject Tests, Financial Aid Questions and Summer Camps!

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SAT Subject Tests are subject specific college admissions exams. They are designed by the same company (College Board) that publishes the SAT and AP exams. There are twenty different subject tests available in the areas of English, Math, Science, and foreign language. They are one hour long multiple choice tests that are given on the dates that the SAT is given- but, not all twenty tests are offered on the same date.

SAT Subject Tests are an admission data requirement for many elite, top schools. Most of these top schools require two subject test scores.

Students in grades 10th and 11th should consider taking one, two, or three subject tests this June if they are "applying high." Strategically, it is best that a student plans to take a subject test in an area that they just completed an AP class and AP exam in.

Students, we encourager you to reach out to your college planner if you have any questions about these tests. You must register for these tests just like you would register for the SAT at:

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When you receive your financial aid award from the college or colleges you want to attend, you may want to send in your enrollment deposit right away. However, do you have the answers to all of your financial questions? Probably not. While some colleges do an amazing job of including answers to most frequently asked questions, many colleges do not include this information with their financial aid award letters. Before committing to any college, make sure you have the answers to the following 18 questions related to financial aid so you can make the best financial decision for you and your family.

1. What is the total cost of attendance?
The number you have been using when thinking about paying for college was for this academic year. But, what is the cost of attendance for next year – the year you will be attending the college? Many colleges increase their tuition every few years. If the cost for next year is not published, contact the school to get this information.

2. Are there other fees?
Some courses will have additional fees that are not included in the cost of attendance. For example, some courses will have extra fees for materials. Look through the course catalog and look at the fees for the classes you will be taking in the future.

3. Are extra fees considered when financial aid is awarded?
Some colleges will include the extra costs when determining financial aid and others will not.

4. Will the cost of attendance increase during my time at the college?
A new trend at some colleges is to freeze tuition costs for current students. While the general cost may increase every year, current students will pay the same amount every year. However, other colleges may increase their tuition every year!

5. How much will the cost of attendance increase?
If you are considering a college that currently does not have a tuition freeze, ask how much the college expects to increase their tuition. The official figures may not be available, but they may be able to give you a percentage. If they cannot give you an estimate, ask for previous tuition numbers for the last five years. After studying the numbers, you may be able to figure out how much tuition might increase during your time at the college.

6. Will financial aid increase as the cost of attendance increases?
Some colleges recalculate financial aid ever year. Other colleges award the same amount every year no matter how much tuition increases. If aid does not increase but the cost of attendance does, will you be able to afford the college in the future?

7. Is it possible to pay in-state tuition?
If you are considering attending an out-of-state college that is a state-funded institution, you probably have seen the difference in tuition cost for in-state and out-of-state students. The in-state tuition is much more attractive! Some colleges have started to provide pathways to in-state tuition for out-of-state students. If this is an option, learn about the conditions and if it is feasible for you.

8. What is the likelihood of graduating in four years?
While they are called four-year colleges and universities, some students will not graduate in four years. Some colleges are very good at getting students to graduate in four years, but others have high five or six-year graduation rates. If you are in college for five years, that is five years of tuition! If there is a high percentage of students taking longer to graduate, it may be worth it to ask why it is taking them longer to graduate.

9. Will scholarships and grants be offered past the fourth year?
If there is a high likelihood of taking more than four years to graduate, will the college continue offering the same financial aid? Unfortunately, many scholarships have a four-year limit and will not be offered in the fifth year.

10. Are scholarships renewable?
Some colleges offer one-time scholarships to make their financial aid award letter seem more attractive to prospective students. Make sure you know if the financial aid you are awarded will be renewed in the future or not.

11. What are the requirements to renew scholarships?
You will need to submit the FAFSA every year. But, are there other requirements to renew scholarships? For example, if you receive an academic scholarships you will probably need to maintain a certain GPA during your time at the college. Learn about the renewal process and ask yourself if you will be able to meet the requirements.

12. Can I earn a scholarship as a current student?
A common thought among students is that they will qualify for more scholarships while they are at a college. However, some colleges only award scholarships at the time of admission.

13. How will outside scholarships affect financial aid?
The policy for outside scholarships may be different at the colleges you are considering. Some colleges will reduce the amount of loans you are offered and other colleges will reduce gift (institutional grants) aid. Why spend time applying to outside scholarships if they don't actually decrease the amount of money you will need to pay out-of-pocket.

14. Are work-study jobs guaranteed?
Some colleges have a lot work-study positions available and others do not. Just because you are awarded work-study does not mean you will have a guaranteed job at all college campuses.

15. What is the process of obtaining a work-study job?
If you want to use your work-study opportunity, you will probably have to apply for a position just like you would any other job. However, if it is competitive (more students than jobs), learn about the timeline and when you can start looking for and applying for work-study jobs.

16. Are there part-time jobs available on campus that do not require work-study?
Some colleges may only be able to offer work-study positions, while others open campus jobs to everyone.

17. Is more aid available?
If the amount of financial aid offered is still not enough for you to financially attend the college, is there more available? Talk to the financial aid office to discuss the gap. Sometimes financial aid officers might be able to offer an additional grant or scholarship. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

18. What is the appeal process?
Sometimes students do not receive enough financial aid based on their circumstances. For example, you weren’t able to share that your parent lost his or her job in the last year on the FAFSA. Talk to the financial aid office and share your circumstances. Colleges have a process for students to appeal their financial aid when their have special circumstances.


Seniors (test prep and college planning), we are excited to find out all of your acceptances this year. We want to compile a list of all the schools that TCM students were accepted to. Your success is so very important to us and we want to brag on the Class of 2019! Please email your college planning counselor your acceptances. If you are a test prep student, please email Julie Mitchell at CONGRATULATIONS!


The Greater Orlando Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is sponsoring a FREE Construction Career Camp (CCC) for Girls. CCC provides a supportive and nurturing environment for high school girls to explore and develop basic skills in the areas of carpentry, electrical and HVAC/plumbing free of charge.

Camp Benefits:
· Offers high school girls a gender-neutral environment to learn and practice new skills without fear of being teased or isolated.
· Develops greater self-confidence and self-esteem for girls who tackle and successfully complete challenging projects.
· Develops a safety-first attitude and “we can do it” mindset via the safety and history of women in construction seminars on the opening day of summer camp.
· Introduces high school girls to women role models who have achieved success in all areas of construction to include tradeswomen, engineers, architects, accountants, project superintendents and business owners. The girls learn that there are opportunities in the construction industry for their dreams.
· Introduces students to valuable college and tradeswomen scholarship information.

This year’s camp runs from June 3rd through June 7th and will be held at Orange Technical College - Westside Campus. Please share this opportunity with your female students who hold a minimum 2.0 GPA. The application is below.

For more information, Click here or contact Debbi Rodriguez at

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Pre-college summer programs offer high school students a one or multi-week “college” experience. Such programs allow students to live in a dorm and complete one or more rigorous classes. Today, summer programs are an increasingly popular option for students who are hoping to get a sense of what college is like. Essentially, pre-college summer programs allow you to test-drive college life. These programs not only teach you new information and skills, they can also make you a more attractive candidate for admission into your top-choice schools! We want all of our College Map students to have a purposeful summer. If you're not participating in a summer program, please make the effort to attend academic, sports or school camps. Working during the summer is also a positive addition to your resume!

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JLV College Counseling offers some wonderful scholarship opportunities. Click here for the April list and other available scholarships!

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Seniors, don't forget to submit a completed Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) in order to be considered for State Scholarship & Grant Programs. Seniors, please Create a Student Account. After logging into your account, you may proceed to complete the FFAA.

The Bright Futures link can answer all of your questions:

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Test prep students, when you are registering for live classes utilizing our Acuity online scheduler, please make sure that you are signing up for the correct class based on your strength test. You should be signing up for either ACT or SAT classes, not the other and not both. This confusion is causing classes to fill up in error. Also, please do not sign up more than once for each individual class as this is also causing classes to fill up in error. We truly appreciate your CAREFUL attention to this matter.

Please sign up at our Acuity Scheduler website!
See below for our new 2019 calendars.

Please register for the ACT at OR SAT at Please note there are early registration deadline dates. You can register after the deadline date but a late fee will be required.

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There are many good scholarship search tools/engines on the internet. Their primary function is to assist you in finding scholarships that match the eligibility criteria you enter for GPA, gender, residency, ethnicity/heritage, religion and area of study, hobbies, interests — some of the most common criteria used. The College Map team recommends the following search engines:


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Please make sure to "click" or fill out as much information as possible. Once you've entered your information into the database, the search engine will generate a list of all current scholarships you qualify for. We recommend sorting that list by due date.


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Our private "Your Path" page contains details for upcoming deadlines, events, and important announcements. We encourage you to check it regularly! The password is case-sensitive:

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Be sure to register for your spring test prep classes, available on the Your Path page and the Acuity Scheduler. Registration is mandatory; walk-ins may not be able to be accommodated.


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