SSAR, College Fairs, FAFSA opens 10/01, UF Housing deposits & more!

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What is the Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR)?

SSAR is a self-reported student academic record that lists all courses and associated grades that have been attempted, or will be attempted, for high school and/or college credit. Since accuracy is critical, you must have a copy of your high school transcript available to use as a reference when you create your SSAR. Be sure to indicate any courses taken through an online school.

Who is required to complete the SSAR?
All freshman applicants must complete a SSAR, with the following exceptions:

Applicants who have not followed an academic curriculum patterned after the U.S. system - must submit official or certified copies of all secondary school records and/or examination results. This includes students who have attended an institution not patterned after the U.S. system for any length of time. All academic records not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. In addition, these credentials must be evaluated by a credential evaluation agency. We recommend a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
GED graduates - students must submit their official GED transcript, along with official partial high school transcript(s).

Where do I create my SSAR?
The SSAR is created at the Self-reported Student Academic Record website. Upon completion of the SSAR, you will be given a SSAR ID Number that must be provided to Florida State to allow us to retrieve your SSAR. You will be asked to provide the SSAR ID Number in Part II (Checklist) of the application for admission or you can provide your SSAR ID Number through your Application Status Check.

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Seniors! The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens on October 1st. If you are planning on attending a 4-year university, you must fill out the FAFSA. Most all scholarships require it. So, the FAFSA is a must!! Even if you believe your parents make too much money to qualify for need based aid, you must complete the application for merit or academic based scholarships! Attached are some videos below to help you navigate through the process. Go ahead and make your FSA ID’s then you’ll be ready for the FAFSA on October 1st.

FAFSA Help:

1. Create an FSA ID for you and (1) of your parents: www.studentaid.gov/fsaid That is your electronic signature and takes about 1-2 days to be confirmed with the Social Security Administration. Make sure you and one of your parents (legal guardian) have created an FSA ID. They cannot be the same username and email address. Attached is a FSA ID youtube video link below:
1. Create an FSA ID for you and (1) of your parents: www.studentaid.gov/fsaid That is your electronic signature and takes about 1-2 days to be confirmed with the Social Security Administration. Make sure you and one of your parents (legal guardian) have created an FSA ID. They cannot be the same username and email address. Attached is a FSA ID youtube video link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7ihhGk8mCY

1. Once your FSA ID's are completed, please go to the www.fafsa.gov website and begin filling out your application. The student section is first. Sign in with the FSA ID you created. Once you get to the parent portion of the FAFSA ask your parent to sign in with their FSA ID. This will allow them to use the IRS tool in order to download their 2018 Tax Return from the IRS. It makes the application much easier.
1. Once your FSA ID's are completed, please go to the www.fafsa.gov website and begin filling out your application. The student section is first. Sign in with the FSA ID you created. Once you get to the parent portion of the FAFSA ask your parent to sign in with their FSA ID. This will allow them to use the IRS tool in order to download their 2018 Tax Return from the IRS. It makes the application much easier.
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Sunday, 10/5 from 1pm-4pm at the Orange County Convention Center!

National College Fairs allow students to interact one-on-one with college admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions.

Free and open to the public, NACAC fairs connect you with hundreds of colleges and universities in one location. There are several types of fairs to help you find your perfect fit!

You can register HERE.

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duke

You and your family are invited to attend the DISCOVER DUKE program in Orlando this fall. Duke admissions officers will present information and answer questions about the university, the admissions process, financial aid, and much more. Program will be held on October 6th at 3pm:
Springhill Suites by Marriott Orlando Airport
5828 Hazeltine National Drive
Orlando, FL 32822
Please register here.

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Seniors who are applying to UF:

If you’re planning to live on campus, submit a housing application and $25 non-refundable fee as soon as possible. You will receive an email within 24-48 hours of your application submission. Please make sure to submit your deposit. Your Housing Application Date secures your place line for room selection. If you wait until you’re accepted to UF, you will have limited options for campus housing. On campus housing is not guaranteed for incoming students.

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September

Class of 2020 SEPTEMBER Reminders:

Seniors, set up a formal meeting with your guidance counselor to review your updated transcripts with accurate gpa, class size and rank. Make sure all grade and courses listed are accurate, including any high school credits earned through middle and virtual school.

Many colleges require "recommenders". Confirm the colleges on your list that require letters of recommendation. Email and kindly ask your guidance counselor and two teachers if they are willing to write you a letter of recommendation. Attach your resume. Please respect their time. Make sure to give them a minimum of a three week notice.

September 14th: ACT

September 17th-24th: Late Registration deadline for October 5th, 2019 SAT and Subject Tests.

September 20th: Registration deadline for October 26, 2019 ACT.

September 21st - October 4th: Late Registration deadline for October 26, 2019 SAT.

▪ Make sure all of your Common Application essay drafts are finalized and ready to go.
▪ Continue College visits.
▪ Consider applying Early Decision and/or Early Action.
▪ Begin working on supplemental essays for schools that require them.
Make sure all of your Common Application essay drafts are finalized and ready to go.
Continue College visits.
Consider applying Early Decision and/or Early Action.
Begin working on supplemental essays for schools that require them.

Class of 2021 Reminder:

▪ Continue with Test Prep.
▪ Begin work on resumes and college lists!
Continue with Test Prep.
Begin work on resumes and college lists!
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Coalition App

SAT Score Send
For the first time ever, students can order official SAT scores and submit college applications in the same place: MyCoalition! So far, over 3,000 students have linked their Coalition and College Board accounts! Students no longer have to log into the College Board website separately to send their SAT scores to each college. Plus, if they’ve been awarded a College Board fee waiver, students can send their scores to an unlimited number of schools (even those that aren’t Coalition members) at no cost. You can learn more about our collaboration on the College Board blog.

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"Your Path" is our password protected page (prepare@TCM2018) that is accessible through our website (www.thecollegemap.com). It is your "one-stop-shopping" place when it comes to test prep: registering for either the ACT or SAT, scheduling your live and online classes, reviewing test dates, reviewing the live and online class schedules, and viewing the math class syllabus.

Reporting your scores to us- when you receive your official ACT or SAT scores, please email Julie Mitchell (juliemitchell@thecollegemap.com) with your composite score as well as the subtest scoring breakdown. We will enter these scores into your College Planner Pro account as well as

into a spreadsheet that we keep that tracks your progress. We will follow up feedback, suggestions, and tweaks to your test prep program, if necessary.

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Scholarships

There are thousands of scholarships out there. Below you will find many scholarships, most with general eligibility requirements. My goal is to share some lesser-known scholarships with my readers every Saturday.

Click here for DoSomething.org Monthly Scholarships!

Click here for October Scholarships!

Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards – due November 5, 2019. Students who have given back to their community in a meaningful way, in grades 5-12, and who are legal residents are eligible to apply. Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 and $5,000 are available if students continue to advance. Go to: https://spirit.prudential.com/ to apply.

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Slideroom

SlideRoom is the exclusive partner of The Common Application to receive and review Portfolios from applicants. Each school receives their own branded portal where applicants apply and another portal where reviewers can privately evaluate submitted materials.

Click HERE for more information.

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Test Prep Sign Up

SAT ACT Prep

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!

Please register for the ACT at act.org OR SAT at collegeboard.org. 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:

Scholarships.com

FastWeb

Big Future

Unigo

SallieMae

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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Website Password

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:
prepare@TCM2018

Test Prep Schedules

Be sure to register for your 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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Your Team at The College Map

 
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