College Bound Students

Students, if you plan to attend college, you need to start planning early. Florida colleges and universities expect students to take advanced classed, especially Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Preparation for the rigor of those classes should start very early, before high school even begins, if possible.

It is also very important to develop good reading and study habits. Actively participating in school life through clubs, teams, or music programs will help you learn to manage your time and it builds teamwork, organizational and social skills - all of which are important on the road to fulfilling your life dreams.

The average anticipated cost of attending a public state university in the South is approximately $16,000 per year. This includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and other personal expenses.

Nationally, almost 60% of full-time students receive grant aid and/or scholarships, so don't be discouraged, but do speak to your guidance counselor about scholarship information. Many scholarships have December and January deadlines.

Bright Futures scholarships pay for college tuition at public universities, but the money can also be applied to some of the private universities in Florida. Also, students who visit the college campus before enrolling sometimes receive tuition discounts of up to $500. Having an alumnus of the college endorse your application may be worth up to $1000 a year.

Most financial aid programs expect you to fill in the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms, so they can determine how much your family is expected to contribute, based on the income information filed on the family tax return. For a link to their website, see the Financial Aid section below.

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  • ACT College Planning - Whether you are uncertain about going to college or you just need some reassurance you are on the right track, there are numerouse good reasons to go to college.
  • Big Future - Collegeboard - BigFuture by The College Board is a great place to find information about preparing for college. You can research different colleges, explore various career fields, learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and so much more! 
  • Campus Explorer (Campussteps.com) - Campus Steps' website and mobile solutions bring students on-demand college counseling, big data insights, and the country’s largest online college admissions network so they’re well-equipped for successful college and career outcomes. 
  • CollegeNet - CollegeNET gives the next generation more say over who wins the money to advance through our educational system. If you are a student who needs a scholarship or you are a former student trying to pay off a loan, you can earn money by writing on topics in ways that persuade others to vote for you. And by voting, you can exercise control applying your judgment and values towards the collective choice of winners. If you are not enrolled in college, not planning to enroll, or have no student loan, you can't win a scholarship on this site, but you can still post to the forums and have a voice through your votes.
  • College Sports Information - Sometimes the college recruiting and eligibility process can seem overwhelming. And with less than 10% of high school athletes playing at the collegiate level, it’s so important to equip them with all the right tools and information to ensure they have a shot to keep playing. Every year in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), more than 60,000 students compete for their shot at one of 23 National Championships while earning a portion of the $500 million in scholarships our 260 member schools provide.  
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.  
  • Freshman Support - Provides a comprehensive college planning resource for high school students and families. Their school-specific information and tools feature public and private housing, roommate matching, visit planning, deadline syncing, admissions, scholarships, and more. They also spotlight a community of admissions and financial experts available to answer students’ questions. They are dedicated to building a helpful community of experts and enthusiastic mentors to engage users. Because they are not affiliated with the universities, their site remains unbiased and true to the college experience. They are passionate about creating a secure, online space for students to express themselves and enhance their college planning experience. They believe technology can be used to steamline the planning process for students and families. And the best part: it’s free! 
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  • Index of American Universities - An alphabetically listing of all American Universities.