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FAFSA Start Date Announced!
NCAN has announced that FAFSA will be launched December 31st, 2023, so mark your calendars!
🎯 Monthly Goals 🎯
- Milestone 4: Finalize your college list!
- Milestone 5: Draft and Revise your College Essay
- Milestone 6: Submit your college applications
- Milestone 7: Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA opens up on December 31st)
- Milestone 8: Apply for Scholarships
Head over to our College-Ready Milestones page to learn more about available resources and deadlines.
Resources & Scholarships
- This month, we’re including a list of scholarships with December & January deadlines—however, we always recommend finding local scholarships since students will have higher chances of receiving those awards. Along with this, Immigrants Rising has a scholarship list for undocumented students.
- Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship program
- ACT Academy
- College Application Tracker
- Khan Academy SAT Prep
- List-building resources
- Standardized Testing Guide
New Tool Alert!
We are proud to announce our partnership with Level All! Level All is an online platform offering a detailed library of bite-sized videos and articles focused on the college application process, financial aid, transitioning to college, and more! Here is the syllabus for how and where to start and Click on this link to set up your account.
Want to Apply to be a Varsity College Coach?
- Do you have skills or expertise related to the college application process that would be valuable to our community? If so, we would love for you to join our Varsity College Coach Roster.
Future Live Webinars
Tuesday, December 5, from 12:00- 1:30 p.m. (PST);Research Release: The Finishing in Four Years Fallacy: 4-year versus 6-year: Learn the ultimate college scholarship hacks and strategies to secure your future
Thursday, December 7, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (PST); Using Summer Wisely Webinar: Join us for a new research brief and student stories series focused on CPS graduates’ time to college completion.
- Tuesday, December 12, from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. (PST) ; Collegewise’s Ask the College Expert: This webinar will cover ways students can spend their summers in high school, what to avoid when it comes to summer planning, and go over examples of summer activities.
- Monday, Dec 18, 2023 from 5:00-6:00 pm (PST) ; Making the Most of Your College Visits: Collegewise will discuss how schools make their selections, how to build a great college list, and what admissions officers really look for.
Other Webinars & Training Opportunities!
- How Do They Know What They Don’t Know: This is a great watch (or listen) as you begin to work with first-generation students Led by our coach Amy Lund.
- CollegeBoard College Counselor Guide: A guide for college counselors supporting students through the application journey.
- Unpacking the : Applying In & Out of State Explained | NOT RECORDED: Dive into this exclusive webinar by collegewise, tailored to guide you through today’s UC admissions landscape.
We are partnering with uAspire to provide financial aid training webinars for this program year. Missed the live Webinars? That’s alright! We have you covered with the recording below:
- uAspire CSS Profile Completion Part 1 & Part 2, Materials
- FAFSA Completion Part 1 & Part 2, Materials
Would you like to Lead a Webinar?
We are excited to announce the launch of our 2023-24 Coach-led Webinars series! If you are interested in leading a webinar, please apply below.
COMMUNITY - CONNECT WITH OTHER COACHES
Have questions? We’ve created this guide that can point you in the right direction.
2023-2024 Program Calendar
Student Communication and Engagement
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.
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!
College Ready Milestones
Please note that the milestone deadlines are suggested. If a deadline has passed, know that there is still time to submit the milestone forms. If your student has completed a milestone, please encourage them to mark it as completed on the College-Ready Milestones page. Each milestone has resources to help students navigate each step of the process.