Think about your career plans and interests and decide which school is right for you.
Narrow your college choice list to 3 – 5 schools. Pick your dream school as well as a safety school. Always have a backup plan.
Start visiting college campuses.
Develop your résumé for employment or educational experiences. This is your chance to sell yourself!
Many college applications require an essay. Begin your outline and develop your essay. Remember, your English teachers and counselors are here to help.
Submit applications as soon as possible as competition is fierce. Ask teachers, coaches, mentors, and counselors to write a letter of recommendation. Give at least a week’s notice along with a copy of your résumé. Don’t forget to write a thank you note!
Request official copies of your transcript from the guidance office to send to the colleges you are applying. The cost for each transcript is $1.00. Allow 24 hours for processing. Students under 18 must have a parent signature.
Keep copies of all forms, essays, and other documents that you submit.
Use caution with email address, Face Book, and My Space Accounts. Email addresses/Face Book postings that are off color or show poor taste may affect college admission decisions.
Check the internet, Satellite High School and Brevard Public Schools website for Scholarship opportunities.
College Visits are usually scheduled during 1st semester. Please see the Guidance department for more information about upcoming college visits.
Financial Aid - Parent's Overview
Parent’s Overview of Financial Aid
Does the expense of higher education make it seem out of reach for your teen? There are many ways to support college and any other postsecondary option that your teen may choose. Financial aid is available to every Floridian. It can help pay for training beyond high school and make even the most expensive school affordable. Before you start exploring the options for financial aid, there are a few things you need to know:
Financial aid money comes from state and federal governments, banks, the schools themselves, and private donors.
You must apply for financial aid. It is not part of the school’s admission process.
Aid is based on a variety of factors, including family income, tuition, academic skill, etc.
Financial Aid Myths
College Is Just Too Expensive.
While it is true that college costs are rising, it is a good investment for the future. All postsecondary education, not just a college education, is the ticket to good career opportunities. Your teen can make a big contribution toward the cost of college by making good grades while in high school. Good grades can help them to qualify for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
We Make Too Much to Qualify for Aid.
Aid is intended to make college affordable for students in a variety of financial situations. Financial aid administrators take into account not only income but also other family members in college, home mortgage costs, and other expenses. Aid is awarded to many families who thought they earned too much money. Also consider low-interest loans and have your teen apply for scholarships based on academic achievement, talent, merit or other criteria.
I’m not a Straight “A” Student, so I Won’t Get Aid.
Most scholarships consider grades, but most awards of federal aid are based on financial need.
Private Schools Are Out of Reach for My Student.
The key is to pick schools that meet educational, career, and personal needs. Then consider cost. While private schools are more expensive than public schools, the family contribution expected is the same. So higher school expenses also mean a better chance of demonstrating financial need.
Types of Financial Aid
Scholarships (Free Money)
Assistance based on academic performance and/or financial need. This money does not have to be repaid. The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program has several award levels which can pay as much as 100 percent of tuition and fees at a Florida public institution and an equivalent amount at a private institution. Students can visit www.FACTS.org for a comparison of their transcripts with Bright Futures academic requirements.
Grants (Free Money)
Financial aid that does not have to be repaid. The grant amount is based on need, cost of attendance, and enrollment status.
A low interest loan that does not accrue interest or require payment until after the student leaves school, for example: Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Federal Consolidated Loan.
Money earned through part-time employment while attending a postsecondary school. Students work up to 20 hours a week during the academic year.
Financial assistance from a private business or other organization. Many Fortune 500 companies provide aid to students.
Aid for special groups of students, such as veterans, minorities, handicapped, etc. The Federal Department of Veteran’s Affairs provides funds for training veterans.
Timing is Everything!
Early planning and research is critical to finding sources of financial aid. Admission applications should be sent in as early as October or November of your teen’s senior year. Applications for federal aid should be submitted in January. Other scholarships may have different application deadlines. Most students who receive aid get a combination, put together in a financial aid “package” by the financial aid office at the school or college they have chosen. High school counselors are also knowledgeable about financial aid and can help students put together applications for a variety of scholarships.
Scholarships are merit-based. They consider your grades, talent, community service and or grade point average. Best of all, you do not need to pay them back.
University Scholarships- some colleges or universities earmark scholarship dollars for undergraduates. Contact the financial aid office at the college/university to find out what is available.
Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship- Florida’s high school seniors may begin to apply for this state sponsored scholarship in November of their senior year. Students must qualify with specific SAT/ACT or PERT scores, grade point average, specific classes and community service hours. Specific requirements are listed on the Florida Department of Education website.
Brevard Schools Foundation Booklets usually arrive at Brevard schools sometime in late February/March and are available through the schools guidance office. Strict deadlines apply.
Like scholarships, college grants are need-based and don’t have to be repaid. College grants for undergraduates are provided by non-profit organizations, usually the federal and state governments.
The Federal Pell Grant-It offers undergraduate students a maximum of $5,550 a year in aid.
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.
FAFSA- Most college/universities will ask students to complete a FAFSA (Free application for Federal Student Aid). This determines a student’s eligibility for financial aid.
3. College Work Study
Some students qualify for Work study which is another form of federal financial aid that allows undergraduates to earn money for college through a part-time job on campus. Students get a biweekly paycheck working an average of 15 hours a week.
Application is usually completed with the college/university financial aid office.
4. Federal Student Loans
The bad news: federal student loans have to be repaid. Payment usually begins a few months after a student graduates, depending on the loan agreements and are low to no interest. The Perkins Loan and the subsidized Direct Loan, offered by the federal government are the best student loans for undergraduates, followed by the unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan.
5. Private Student Loans
Private student loans are not federally funded and often have variable interest rates that are not capped.
Creating a Resumé
A good resumé can take you places and students need a resume whether they are applying for college, the military or the workforce. Additionally résumés are great to give to anyone you are asking to write a letter of recommendation as they help refresh the author’s memory about all that makes you marvelous.
Avoid making your resumé too short or too long.
Avoid using personal pronouns and articles.
Quantify as much as possible. Use Numbers to Highlight Your Accomplishments. For example:
Over 75 hours dedicated to Relay for Life
Volunteered for Relay for Life
Watch out for typos! A typo can land your résumé in the trash.
Include what you do before and after school as well as during vacations.
List awards, merits, achievements and accomplishments—this is your time to shine!
Letters of Recommendation
A letter of recommendation may be required for the following:
Your counselor will write a letter of recommendation. Please be sure to consider the following when requesting a letter of recommendation.
Allow one week from the time you request your letter.
Provide a resume or, at a minimum, a detailed list of what makes you “fabulous”.
Please provide a stamped and properly addressed envelope.