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Steps to College and Career Readiness
Steps to College & Career for CCS Juniors
Spring 2018
Junior year is flying by- you’ve already passed the halfway mark! Do your best to finish strong. Your final grades this year and the rigor of your senior schedule (yes, college admissions counselors will check to see if you have courses like math, science and foreign language on your schedule) will have the most impact on college admissions. Even if you feel like “coasting” your senior year, don’t! It could cost you a lot of money and time to take remedial level courses in college if you are not prepared!
What if you are not planning on attending college classes right away- should you still take those challenging courses? Yes! The academic preparation you need to be successful in your first job (including the military) is the same preparation you need to be successful in college.
Mark your Calendar:
BluePrint College: High School: April 24 (5-8:00) at Columbus State – Register at iknowican.org!
Spring College Fairs and Visits:
Plan now to visit colleges! College admissions offices keep a record of every contact a student has with their office and/or staff members. If you are applying to some selective, and especially highly selective, colleges, numerous contacts are extremely important! If you have the time and means, visit campuses (be ready to interview!) and consider an on-campus summer program at one of your top choices. Summer is a great time to visit if you are too busy during the spring.
Spring College Fairs: If time and money are more limited, introduce yourself to college admissions counselors at college fairs (see below), make sure you are on email and mailing lists, and attend evening informational sessions in the area.
National College Fair, Columbus: Sunday, April 24: 1 - 4:00pm https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs/ Greater Columbus Convention Center
National College Fair, Cleveland: Saturday, April 22: 1-4:00pm
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
Register before the fair to make the most of your time onsite and ensure that colleges can follow up with you. Upon arrival at the fair, pick up a map to find your best-fitting colleges. CCS school counselors and I Know I Can advisors will be available onsite at the Columbus fair to help you determine the colleges that meet your requirements regarding major, location, and other areas of interest! Come see us with any questions (including those about ACT/SAT) at the school counseling tables when you first walk into the Columbus Fair.
Spring College Visits for Juniors: Check your Naviance site, email and with your school counselor and IKIC advisors about any possible CCS college visits. You may be eligible to go on free visits to colleges for juniors this spring- look for upcoming visits to Ohio Dominican University,
Cleveland State University, University of Dayton and University of Toledo (to name a few). Also check on trips that are sponsored (for an affordable cost) by community organizations.
Naviance Family Connection Site:
Make sure to continue using our school’s Naviance Family Connection (http://connection.naviance.com/cenths) for a wealth of information about college and career readiness. Remember to use your student ID# for both your username and password. Have you created your resume and activities template for college and job applications? Have you saved and reviewed your career and college interest inventories? Have you checked out the test prep links and previewed the list of scholarships for next year? Have you and your parent updated your emails (parents must update emails with the school records secretary) so you can receive important updates from your school counselor and IKIC advisor about college and career opportunities? All juniors should be adding colleges to your “Colleges I’m Interested In” list. Every senior in the CCS district now uses their Naviance Family Connection site for all college applications, so it is important that you are familiar with the site. Make sure to share this information with your parents so that you can plan now for what you will do after high school!
End-of-Course Exams/Graduation Tests:
All juniors will take the American Government end-of-course exam this spring (unless you are taking an AP or CCP course that can replace it). If you scored less than a 3 on any other end-of-course exam and need to retest, you can retest this spring also. Please use test prep resources: http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/ For the Biology EOC exam, try: http://www.bv.k12.oh.us/Biology1.aspx . For the American History and American Government tests, try: http://www.ohiotestprep.com/ . For the math tests, you can also review various topics on Khan Academy. You should also retake these tests again this summer if needed- don’t wait until senior year!
College Testing:
One of the most important steps juniors can take now is registering for college entrance exams: ACT and SAT. Each student should take both tests before the end of this year. This will enable you to determine YOUR best test. All schools will accept either test. Students should then plan to retake their best test at least one to two more times. If you wait to test in the fall, you may not have time to do this! The September ACT (not the October ACT) and the October SAT administrations are the latest a student can test and still meet November 1st application deadlines (ex. OSU Early Action deadline for scholarships and special programs). See your counselor to come up with your testing plan!
Most colleges no longer require that students take the optional Essay. However, staff at some highly selective schools may want to see Essay scores and even SAT Subject test scores in one to three of your strongest subjects. Start/continue taking those tests this spring too! Some schools will accept the ACT instead of the combination of SAT and two Subject tests. Some colleges will use super-scoring, the practice of combining sub-scores from two or more test administrations (yet another reason to retake tests). How do you know test requirements for your colleges? Check their sites and see your counselor.
Please use the ACT/SAT sites for registration information. You will need to upload your photo for ID purposes. Register NOW so that you don’t get closed out of your preferred testing site!
All juniors will take a free online administration of the ACT at their school on February 27. Scores will be official and may be used for college application. Remediation-free scores in Math, Reading and Writing may be used to meet the high school graduation testing requirement.
If you have submitted the CCS Instructional Fee Waiver Application and meet the financial requirements, your counselor can provide two total test fee waivers for each test. IKIC can pay the registration fee for one additional test for qualified students (so that’s three total!). If you believe your family may possibly qualify for financial assistance due to temporary hardship, please see your counselor! Waivers do not cover additional fees (ex. late registration, rescheduled testing). Make sure to secure waivers before the end of the prior school year for any August or September tests.
If you have an IEP or 504 plan and qualify for testing accommodations, you should have already given permission for school staff to apply for your ACT accommodations for the February 27 test. If not, do so, ASAP for later spring tests! You must apply separately for SAT accommodations.
When you register to take tests, make sure to include any colleges you may be interested in applying to later. It’s free to request scores before the test, but will cost about $12 per score report if you request these after the test. Most colleges want scores to be reported directly from test companies, and some schools will combine sub-scores from different test administrations, so go ahead and send all of your sores. If you choose not to, remember that you will have to send them later, at a cost, at least two weeks before your college application deadlines.
ACT registration: www.actstudent.org
2018 test dates: April 14 (register by March 9), June 9 (register by May 4), July 14 (register by June 15), September 8 (register early August)
SAT registration: www.collegeboard.com
2018 test dates: May 5 (register by April 6), June 2 (register by May 3), August 25 (register by approx. July 27), October 6 (register early September)
Remember, taking these tests multiple times and preparing for them each time will help to boost your scores and possibly make you eligible for admission to colleges and for merit-based scholarships. The higher your scores, the more options you have! Whether we like it or not, your scores are VERY important to admissions officers. Check your prospective schools for average SAT, ACT scores for incoming freshmen. You may be surprised at how high scores have risen at many schools! OSU’s average ACT score for freshmen admitted to the Columbus Campus is 28+ (25% are above that and 25% are below that score).
Retake tests at the beginning of the senior year, even if you are happy with your spring results. Boosting scores could help you get into more colleges- and get more scholarship money.
If you are interested in one of the 800 four-year colleges that do not require ACT/SAT scores, you should check out the information at www.fairtest.org! Ohio schools that do not require test scores include Denison, Wittenberg, Ohio Wesleyan, CCAD and Baldwin Wallace. This may be a good option for those students with high GPAs and strong extra-curricular records, but lower test scores. This may also be an option for those students who are philosophically opposed to this kind of testing. In addition, the OSU regional campuses and CSCC do not require either the ACT or SAT.
ACT/SAT Test Prep:
Make a plan to prepare for ACTs and SATs. You can take free practice tests online or in person through the Princeton Review. Compare both tests and figure out your BEST test. Go to: www.princetonreview.com enter your zip code and register.
ACT Prep Tips! 1) If you register for the ACT with a fee waiver, you can access free individualized test prep on the ACT site. So, if you register now for the June ACT, that gives you plenty of prep time for the March ACT at your school and the June ACT retake! 2) If you don’t qualify for a test fee
by the deadlines!
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waiver, you can still use free ACT resources. Right now you have access to ACT Question of the Day, practice test items and even individualized test prep through OpenEd (owned by ACT). In March, ACT will launch ACT Academy- FREE individualized test prep for all, so stay tuned! Our favorite ACT online prep (other than ACT’s services) is www.number2.com .
SAT Prep Tip: You cannot beat the free individualized test prep offered by Khan Academy through the College Board. It’s free for everyone. If you took the PSAT, those scores will begin your prep!
More online resources: There are many free online resources to help you prepare. See sites below! Three such sites are https://jobseeker.k-12.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/Assessments/Home.aspx , http://www.freetestprep.com/index.php , www.testprepreview.com and http://www.studyguidezone.com . Don’t forget free resources on collegeboard.com and actstudent.org! They offer ACT and SAT questions of the day sent straight to your phone.
Test prep classes and tutoring:
Columbus State offers a very affordable ACT/SAT prep course. Go to http://www.cscc.edu/for-business/online-noncredit-classes.shtml for more information and to register. Click on Exam Prep.
CollegeSmiths is a fabulous college consulting service that also offers a range of test prep options. Sign up at www.collegesmiths.com Kristy and Rich Smith are award-winning college counselors with over 48 years of combined service.
The ACT Review offers quality, affordable ACT prep. Classes meet at Ohio Dominican University. Sign up at www.actreview.com . This is a great option for those families who do not have a lot of time or money, but still want results!
Kaplan Educ. Centers: Call 442-055 for excellent prep programs at higher prices.
Princeton Review: Call 488-2929 for information on local courses and on taking FREE practice tests or go to www.PrincetonReview.com for online tutorials and free test taking tips.
ACT/SAT Turbo Camps take place at the Dublin Recreation Center (BWSEducationConsulting.com).
Your school counseling office: Stop by to pick up study guides from ACT and College Board (SAT).
I Know I Can Resources:
I Know I Can is Columbus City Schools’ great college access partner. For more information about their services, go to: www.iknowican.org . They are an excellent resource for financial aid information and conduct such services as specific scholarship programs, FAFSA workshops for seniors, Blueprint College presentations). Each school has an IKIC advisor who can assist with “all things college!”
Thinking about playing sports at a Division I or II college? You must sign up with the NCAA Eligibility Center this spring! NCAA Sign-up is done on-line. www.eligibilitycenter.org See your counselor to determine if you are eligible for a fee waiver. When registering for the ACT/SAT, the NCAA wants your scores sent directly. Add their code 9999 as one of your choices under schools and scholarships. Make sure to talk with your counselor to make sure you have taken the necessary coursework and that you have a plan for your senior year courses! VCAP courses do not meet eligibility standards! Also, seek advice from your coaches and A.D..
If you have an interest in applying to any art or performing arts colleges/programs, you need to start preparing your portfolios/auditions now! It’s a great idea to attend information sessions at colleges and any college fairs where you can get guidance from admissions staff. You should also work with your teachers, whether they are in your school or in the private sector. Even if you don’t plan to major in one of the arts, a great portfolio or audition can help you earn college admission and scholarship money! Also consider summer college programs in the arts, or even taking college arts classes through College Credit Plus.
SlideRoom (http://www.slideroom.com/commonapp/ ): 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. Some colleges also use SlideRoom for STEM applicants to share their research/STEM portfolios.
Acceptd (http://getacceptd.com/ ):
Acceptd is a 3rd party website that works with schools (as listed on this page) to allow students to upload a digital portfolio for music, theatre, dance, or visual arts programs/schools. They even have a summer guide for juniors who want to find a fine or performing arts program this summer.
This website (www.collegeacademicsupport.com/) includes links to the Offices of Disability Services at Ohio Colleges as well as links with information about the academic and counseling support services at Ohio Colleges. This site also includes information about a comprehensive resource and planning guide for students with disabilities that can be ordered for those who would like more in-depth information about the transition from high school to college. The guide also includes over 40 colleges that have developed specialized programs for students with disabilities and over 55 additional colleges that have services that provide supportive environments for students with disabilities).
There is also a college fair that features colleges that are committed to students with learning difference every fall at Gahanna Lincoln HS (2018 date TBA).
Spring Break:
Plan now to visit colleges! College admissions offices keep a record of every contact a student has with their office and/or staff members. If you are applying to some selective, and especially highly selective, colleges, numerous contacts are extremely important! If you have the time and means, visit campuses (be ready to interview!) and consider an on-campus summer program at one of your top choices. If time and money are more limited, introduce yourself to college admissions counselors at one of the above spring college fairs. Summer is also a great time to visit if you are too busy during the spring.
Summer Plans:
Now is the time to plan for a productive summer. Many coveted jobs, internships and study programs fill before spring break. Please consider and apply to summer scholar programs. Some programs are free and most offer financial aid. You can find some programs online by searching “summer scholars programs”, and you may also check out the summer enrichment programs under the college tab on your Naviance Family Connection page. Scholarships are often available and organizations such as the Rotary Club and Support for Talented Students (schoolmatch.com- they also
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provide a great list of programs!) may also provide funds. If you have a high GPA (3.8 +), PLEASE check with your school counselor to see if you qualify for summer programs through QuestBridge or other highly selective summer college programs.
In terms of your resume for college admissions, you should focus on activities that build/expand on interests you already have. College reps are looking for strong themes in applicants’ files. It is better to show leadership, initiative and/ or passion related to a few interests than to list membership in many unrelated activities. Acting on your passions and career interests this summer will strengthen your college applications and, more importantly, allow you to build confidence and explore future options. If you have questions about the merit of a particular summer program, please see your counselor. Check out the opportunities below!
Special Opportunities:
CCS Seniors to Sophomores Program: This is a program unique to CCS in which juniors apply to become full time college students on one of six college campuses during their senior year. Selected students will earn at least 24 college credits and receive additional support through the program. Applicants must still sign Letters of Intent to Participate in College Credit Plus and return them by April 1, and families should attend a district CCP meeting (see remaining meetings below). More information and applications may be obtained from your school counselor. Deadline: April 1
Summer Opportunities: Interested in writing? Check out the OSU Young Writers Program (free!), Young Writers Workshop at Kenyon or Reynolds Writing Workshop at Denison. Interested in engineering? There are many choices at OSU, Akron, University of Dayton, UC and more. Want to go into a healthcare field? You might be interested in MD Camp or the Diversity in Nursing programs at OSU, or the Mechanisms of Human Health and Disease program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. And if you are interested in applying to a highly selective college in the fall, you should consider their summer scholar programs. See the funding options below and make sure to talk with your school counselor about new opportunities arriving each day. You can also use sites such as http://www.studenteducationprograms.com/ or http://summerprogramfinder.com/find-a-summer-program/ . Many programs have early March deadlines, so start working with your counselor now.
Don’t forget to check with your CCRC (internship coordinator) about summer work and volunteer opportunities!
Support for Talented Students Scholarships: Support for Talented Students is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for gifted students in Central Ohio to attend summer programs of students’ choice. Each year, STS works funds programs for students who are economically disadvantaged, and more than $25,000 of their funds go to students in Columbus City Schools. The STS Scholarship Application website (supportfortalentedstudents.org) is open for parents and students to apply for scholarships for summer programs in 2018. Students must be identified as gifted and should currently be in grades 3-11. The new list of Summer 2017 programs can be found at http://www.ccsoh.us/GiftedandTalented1.aspx . Other popular sites include COSI and CCAD summer programs among others. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 30, but early application will assist students with early funding to ensure they get the camp enrollment of their choice.
The 2018 Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted and Talented™ at Otterbein University for rising juniors and seniors will take place June 17-23. This is a fantastic residential camp that many CCS students have attended. See your counselor for more information Registration Deadline: April 6
United States Service Academy Nominations: This is an extremely competitive process that requires a Congressional nomination for a college education that covers all costs. Most students begin seeking these out in their junior year. Ohio senators and representatives usually host information sessions in the spring. Go to: http://serviceacademycoach.com/Congressional_Nomination.html for more information on service academies. Deadline for submission of ALL required materials is October 1.
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Denison SuCEED Program for CCS Juniors: Please stay in touch with your school counselor and I Know I Can advisor about a new Denison University program that can ultimately lead to a four-year, full tuition scholarship for 20 CCS students in the 2019 class! Current juniors will apply and be selected next fall. Selected students will commit to a series of activities over the next year in preparation for success at Denison.
U.S. Senate Page Program: Page duties consist primarily of delivery of correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional Complex. Other duties include taking messages for Members, calling them to the phone, preparing the Chamber for Senate sessions, and carrying bills and amendments to the desk. Pages are paid on the basis of an annual salary of $ 25,605. Consider applying for this program either in the summer or next year. Applications can be found at: http://www.brown.senate.gov/services/students/pages or at http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/page-program .
Raise.me (https://www.raise.me ) is a site on which students can enter their information for a variety of “micro-scholarships” at specific colleges and universities. Register and see how your individual achievements can add up (beginning now!) at a great variety of colleges (including Oberlin, Denison, U. of Dayton, Kent State, Temple, DePaul, Tulane, Colby, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and more)!
ODE’s Career Pathways (link in resources below): These can help you figure out what courses, from high school through two and four-year college, you need to take to go into certain fields. These are fantastic guides!
Financial Aid for College:
All students who plan to attend any kind of college should apply for federal aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online. Families of students in the Class of 2019 will be able to submit a FAFSA after October 1, 2018 (this is much earlier than the previous start date of January 1 in years past). For a great video, 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA, go to: https://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/fafsasimplification/ . For a brief overview of the FAFSA in English and in Spanish, try http://www.startwithfafsa.org/videos/ . Keep in mind that these videos were designed for the Class of 2017, but most of the information will be the same (except for the earlier filing date!).
Your family’s earnings and assets for 2017 will determine any need-based aid for college. If you have a complicated situation or are wondering how certain assets will affect your ability to receive financial aid, you may want to consider talking with a financial consultant or a financial aid officer at a college you are considering who understands college financial aid. Otherwise, DO NOT sign up for any programs that require a fee to find money for you! All of this information is available to you for FREE. Every year families get caught up in SCAMS that sound very professional but provide little in the way of results. Your I Know I Can advisors and school counselor will be able to help guide you through every step of the process! IKIC will hold many FAFSA workshops starting in the fall.
There are different kinds of financial aid. Basically, if you want to be eligible for merit-based aid, you usually need a GPA of at least 3.0 and strong test scores. Aid does not come to you- you must earn it and actively seek it out! Need-based aide, on the other hand, depends on your family income and will be based on your completed FAFSA.
Please attend any school or IKIC meetings that address college admissions and financial aid. These meetings are the best way we have of sharing information with you. Make sure to review scholarship information on our Naviance Family Connection site. This will allow you to anticipate scholarships that you might qualify for next year. Register now on FastWeb, Cappex, and on www.collegeboard.com to begin receiving scholarship information that matches your profile. Most scholarships target graduating seniors but you can start to shop around! Also, search college websites for school-based scholarship programs. Most merit aid comes from the colleges, not from outside sources, so applying to the right colleges for YOU is key to getting the money you need!
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Scholarships: Juniors may apply now to any scholarships open to them. Usually, these are essay competitions. Try finding these through Cappex ( http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/ ) and the other scholarships sites listed below.
Earning FREE College Credits while in High School:
If you plan on taking college courses next year, you and a parent must attend a CCP counseling session. You can meet this requirement by attending a CCS College Credit Plus Meeting. If you attended one of our District CCP meetings and turned in your Letter of Intent to Participate, then you are ready to apply to the colleges of your choice.
If you missed the District meetings, you may also inquire about any CCP meetings your school might be holding. You must schedule a counseling session with your counselor if you are unable to attend any of these meetings. You must also sign a Letter of Intent by April 1 if you have any plans or interest to take part in College Credit Plus courses, whether they are offered at your high school or at a college. You must attend a meeting and complete this form every year for the following year of participation.
These meetings are required because you need to understand the benefits and RISKS of this program. CCP courses are FREE; HOWEVER, students who fail courses or withdraw from college courses past the drop/add deadlines may risk future federal aid, and poor grades will be posted to both your high school and college transcripts! Also, YOU are responsible to navigate the college application process. Your counselor can assist with questions, but showing that you are able to follow college application requirements – including meeting deadlines- shows that you are mature enough to handle the many demands of college coursework.
Meetings will also cover information pertaining to the Seniors to Sophomores, a fulltime college program for CCS seniors. Don’t forget, you can also earn college credit at your high school by taking AP courses and earning scores of 3-5 on your AP exams. See your counselor for other ways you can earn college credit at your school. Get general CCP information now on the OhioHigherEd website at: https://www.ohiohighered.org/ccp.
Helpful Websites:
Remember to visit all of your colleges’ websites often for the latest information. Check all deadlines, especially those for scholarships and honors programs!
General College Admissions Informational Sites:
www.CTLC.com is a great site about the highlighted colleges in the book, Colleges that Change Lives. See what makes these lesser known colleges so highly rated!
www.review.com and www.weapply.com are both Princeton Review sites that feature excellent college search programs and are both great online application sources.
www.collegeboard.com is a comprehensive site where students may explore every aspect of the college admissions process.
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/ is part of the College Board site, but has more targeted information about topics such as application essays, making college decisions, etc…
www.InLikeMe.com is a great resource for everything from application tips to essays to scholarships.
www.collegedge.com features a college and scholarship search.
www.commonapp.org Find out if your colleges use the Common Application, a service that saves you a lot of time! This site also links you to colleges’ supplemental forms.
www.collegeview.com This website is sponsored by Hobsons. It offers a guide to degrees in health, medicine, nursing, engineering and technology. You can also register to win a $1,000 scholarship.
www.EducationPlanner.org gives students information related to all aspects of the college admission process.
www.OhioMentor.org is a wonderful site full of information where students can fill out financial aid and admission applications online.
www.edupass.org is a great source of info. for international students.
www.aicuo.edu provides information on all of Ohio’s private colleges, including financial aid options for those who plan to attend one of these schools. Also, this site includes the Estimated Family Contribution Calculator that you can use to predict your family’s financial contribution before your FAFSA info. is available. You can tailor searches on this site to match your profile!
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www.collegeadviceUSA.com features excellent advice from a highly regarded expert (Joyce Slayton Mitchell, author of Winning the Heart of the College Admission Dean) about the college admissions process. This site (and book) is particularly great for students considering selective schools.
www.thinkcollege.net is an excellent resource for students with intellectual disabilities. Much of the information can apply to any student with a disability who is planning on or thinking about college.
https://www.collegegreenlight.com/ provides amazing resources, especially for first generation and underrepresented students.
Career Sites:
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Career-Tech/Career-Connections/Career-Pathways shows all of the coursework from high school through two and four-year colleges for different career pathways!
https://jobseeker.k-12.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/seeker.aspx Ohio Means Jobs offers a comprehensive career exploration site for all students, K-Adult.
http://www.careersinthemilitary.com/ offers information about the many career opportunities offered by the military.
http://jfs.ohio.gov/apprenticeship/Job_Seeker_Brochure_.pdf Find out why some of the highest paying jobs result from apprenticeships (the ”other 4-year degree”)!
Scholarship Informational Sites:
www.fastweb.com tailors scholarship searches based on students’ profiles. Every student should register for this free service.
www.columbusfoundation.org/scholarlink/index.aspx is the link to the Columbus Foundation’s list of scholarships. Type in your information, and they match you with possible scholarships!
www.cappex.com matches students to scholarships, both local and nationwide.
www.raise.me is a site on which students can enter their information for a variety of “micro-scholarships” at specific colleges and universities. Students can start earning micro-scholarships to colleges of their choice beginning freshman year of high school!
www.free-4u.com/minority.htm is an excellent site that lists scholarships for each ethnic background (Irish, Portuguese, Japanese, Jewish, African American….)
www.blackexcel.org/link4htm is a great site for minority students.
www.scholarshipsforhispanics.org is a great site for students of Hispanic descent.
www.freshinfo.com allows you to conduct personalized searches for scholarships much like Fastweb.
www.brokescholar.com is a general scholarship site that searches based on your profile.
www.jockscholarships.com This is a free site for students interested in pursuing collegiate athletics. It is supposed to be most helpful for students interested in non-revenue producing sports.
www.wiredscholar.com is another good general scholarship search site.
www.scholarshippoints.com allows students to earn and enter points towards scholarship drawings.
Financial Aid Informational Sites:
www.fafsa.ed.gov is the site for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You can file your FAFSA after January 1st. http://www.nerdwallet.com/nerdscholar/fafsa/guide is a great site for students from non-traditional families (non-traditional families/parents, unaccompanied/homeless youth, international/undocumented students)
www.OhioMentor.org is a wonderful site full of information where students can fill out financial aid and admission applications online.
www.ed.gov/OSFAP/Students deals with federal programs.
www.finaid.org covers both federal and private loan options.
www.studentaid.ed.gov provides many answers to financial aid questions.
www.nasfa.org is a site sponsored by the National Assoc. of Student Financial Aid.
www.collegeboard.com is the home page for the CSS Financial Aid Profile, a form required by many selective colleges. Click on CSS/PROFILE
Sites for College Entrance Tests and Test Preparation:
www.actstudent.org is the site used to register for the ACT and students may also use test prep questions and signup for Question of the Day. Also NEW! https://resources.opened.com/okact/
www.number2.com/ is a free site for test prep. It includes word of the day vocabulary builder and more. Teachers, parents or other mentors can sign up as coaches to monitor student progress.
www.collegeboard.com is the site used for SAT registration and students may also do some test prep here
https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep Khan Academy is the site to use for SAT and PSAT prep!
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https://jobseeker.k-12.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/Assessments/Home.aspx from OhioMeansJobs offers prep for a variety of tests, including ACT, SAT and COMPASS mainly in the form of practice tests. The site also offers basic test taking strategies.
http://www.erikthered.com/tutor/ offers a great overview of SAT and ACT math formulas & strategies.
www.march2success.com is a site sponsored by the US Army that provides free test prep for ACT, SAT & ASVAB
www.ets.org provides information on the SAT and the TOEFL (see below) as well as practice questions.
www.testprepreview.com has online ACT/SAT practice tests for no charge!
www.kaplank12.com is the test prep site to which all CPS high school students have access for complete online test prep. Students must get their password from the office and complete a diagnostic test.
www.toefl.org provides all information for all ESL and non-native English speakers on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. If you are in this category, TAKE THIS TEST!
Online tutoring sites:
General subject sites: hippocampus.org and cliffsnotes.com both offer homework help and resources for a variety of high school courses (including science and foreign languages).
Math sites: inmath.com , sosmath.com , www.kahnacademy.org and www.patrickjmt.com are all excellent math sites that supply math tutorials for all levels of math.
Science sites: physicsclassroom.com , www.kahnacademy.org and hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hph.html covers much of the high school science curriculum.
English/writing sites: owl.english.purdue.edu , www.grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index.htm and www.easybib.com are all helpful sites for improving grammar and writing papers.
Study skills: www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/notes.html (great information on note-taking, listening and participation), www.studygs.net/ is a whole site devoted to all areas of study skills and can be translated into over 37 languages, http://school.familyeducation.com/skill-builder/college-prep/37653.html (provides a good basic overview of the 10 top skills necessary for academic success)
www.tutorme.com will provide 45 minutes of free tutoring with the code PEACHJAR at checkout.
In-person tutoring: Always ask your teachers and counselor for tutoring options at your school!
Columbus Metropolitan Library Homework Help Centers: http://www.columbuslibrary.org/hhc DeVry also offers free tutoring at their Livingston campus. Call their Student Support Center to schedule tutoring session. (614) 253-7291 Free tutoring resources in the Columbus community: http://cap4kids.org/columbus/education-resources/tutoring-and-homework-help/ CCS Recommended Tutoring Resources: http://filecabinet6.eschoolview.com/A63F9E96-CA96-447F-BB4B-B30A0309411F/TutoringResourcesforParentsandStudents2016-2017.pdf Tutors for pay in Columbus area: https://schooltutoring.com/tutoring-in-columbus-ohio/
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