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Monthly Goals + Resources

Monthly Goals

  • Milestone 1: Welcome to the Destination College program. Confirm if students have signed the program agreement with their parents or legal guardian. If they haven’t received a program agreement, please have them email us at advising@scholarmatch.org. Submitting the program agreement is a required step in order to participate in our program.
  • Milestone 2Explore College Fit & Match. Support students in exploring what they are looking for in a college and help them research colleges that will challenge them academically.
  • Milestone 3: Check SAT/ACT Test Policies. COVID-19 has impacted many colleges’ policies on requiring the SAT or ACT for admissions. Many colleges have become test-optional or test-free. We recommend checking the testing policies at each college on your student’s list so you can help them determine if testing is right for them.
  • Milestone 4: Finalize Your College List. Once you finish Milestone 2, please help your student ensure their college list is balanced. 
  • Milestone 5: Draft and Revise College Essays. Revisit our College Coach Training Modules (linked on our College Coach Resource Page) to review resources and coach expectations.

Resources

Announcements

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*UAspire Financial Aid Support*

Student Support Days

Meet with a uAspire advisor on Zoom to get free help completing your financial aid applications and answers to your questions about financial aid and paying for college.

Appointments can be booked between 5:00 – 8:00 pm ET / 2:00 – 5:00 pm PT

Click here to join

Coach Led Webinars 

  • If you are interested in leading a webinar or participating in a panel discussion, we are currently accepting webinar interest forms for the 2021-22 program year. Submit this form to get started

Resources for First Year Coaches:

  • List-building resources: We’ve compiled a list of resources that will be helpful during this process. If you have any other tools or websites you want to use during this process, please feel free to incorporate them when advising students.
  • Building rapport with your student (guide): We suggest using this guide to foster productive conversations with your student, gain further insight into their college process, and understand the best ways to offer support and guidance.

FAFSA & Financial Aid Goals

Do you have questions about financial aid? We recommend reaching out to our Varsity Coaches and visiting our college toolkit to review resources available for Financial Aid. We recommend that you support your students in gathering the necessary documents required to submit their applications. Our recommended deadline for students to submit their financial aid applications is December 15th.

COVID-19 Counselor Toolkit

This kit contains information regarding resources, opportunities, information, and updates to better assist and inform students and their families.

Does your student need a SAT Fee Waiver?

Complete this form and we’ll get back to you.

 

Community & Support Platforms

To access passwords, learn more about and take advantage of platforms available to you as a ScholarMatch college coach, CLICK HERE!

Unresponsive Student Protocol

Please review the Unresponsive Student Protocol Document below if you think your student qualifies as “unresponsive” and you have attempted to contact them via text, phone call, and email at least once a week for 4 or more weeks and haven’t received a response. 

College Toolkit

The College Toolkit is our resource bank/archive documents, guides, and links on topics as wide ranging as how to build a balance college list, how to submit the FAFSA, scholarship lists, and more.

If you have resources you think should be added to the toolkit, we’d love to consider them!

Quick Links

Data Tracking & Reporting Needs: For students in C/O 2022 you will only need to submit Coach Reports. Read through this document for more details.

Milestones: Students are required to submit their College Ready Milestones, along with occasional other check-ins. Review the new milestones here.

Student Support Playbook: Review the playbook before your first conversation with students!

 

College Ready Milestones

You’re encouraged to look through our Milestones page for an overview of the year’s work ahead!

Please note that the majority of these dates represent only a suggested deadline to help keep you and your students on track – we recognize that each student has different needs and works through the process at a different pace.

 

Student Communication and Engagement

Helpful Student Communication Guides

Have you been matched with a student who isn’t responding? Has your scholar gone radio silent after you began working together? Is your student rescheduling all your meetings? We know from precedent that this unfortunately happens with a small number of our students each year, so we’ve created a few guides to help you out and clarify our expectations.

2021-2022 Program Calendar

Training Modules

Feel free to review the Training Modules and Onboarding if you need a refresher, especially as the relevant phases of of the admissions process (list-building, personal statement editing, etc.) roll around!

San Francisco Convening 2019 Materials

Weren’t able to make it to the Convening?

No problem! 

Click here to review the presentations covered during the 2019 Volunteer Convening in San Francisco, CA