Important Senior Reminders, October To-Do’s, Time for FAFSA and Scholarships!

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Hello, The College Map!

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Dear Seniors,

Happy October.... which means, deadline dates are right around the corner! Please log into your College Planner Pro account and click on the "Colleges" tab to review your deadlines for all of your schools. The list of deadlines is in a column on the left side of the screen. There, click on each of your school's names (under the "My Application Deadlines" list) and then "Update My Application Status."

If you have not done so already, please order final senior transcripts to be sent to each of your schools (except those that only accept the SSAR: self-reported academic record). It is more than okay to send transcripts to schools that you have not officially applied to yet.

Please also make sure that you have sent your ACT or SAT scores to each of your schools even if you self-reported them on an application. Please log into your College Board or ACT account today to complete this. Again, it is perfectly fine to send test scores ahead of an application!

If your schools require supplemental essays, you should be working on these. Ideally, I would like to see your rough drafts two weeks before the school's application deadline.

Lastly, by now, you should have "assigned" your school counselor and teacher(s) to the "Recommender" section of the Common Application. They need time to fill out their recommendation forms / write letters for you.

If you have ANY questions about the content of this email, please come to next week's (and future) Wednesday Senior Boot Camp! The TCM team is here to help you.

The College Map Team!

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October

Class of 2020 October Reminders:

Seniors, focus on the last round of standardized tests, finalize Early Action/Easry Decision applications and make sure all college visits are completed.

October 1st: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens

October 1st: CSS Profile opens.

October 3rd: Registration deadline for November 2, 2019 SAT and Subject Tests.

October 5th: SAT and Subject Tests.

October 15th-22nd: Late Registration deadline for November 2, 2019 SAT.

October 16th: PSAT/NMSQT primary test date.

October 19th: PSAT/NMSQT Saturday test date.

October 26th: ACT

October 30th: PSAT?NMSQT Alternate test date.

Class of 2021 Reminder:

▪ October is PSAT month!
▪ Continue working on resumes and college lists!
October is PSAT month!
Continue working on resumes and college lists!
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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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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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"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 November 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 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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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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