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Monthly Goals + Resources
- Milestone 9 – Apply for Scholarships
As you start comparing your award letters, consider using Moneythink’s DecidEd app! This free app allows you to create your own account, add schools, and start comparing fit factors and any financial aid packages you’ve received today. Check their website to download the FREE app: https://decided.org/
Also check out the live demo to learn how the app works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWXJa1hCilI
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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.
Community & Support Platforms
Save the Date: Financial Aid Appeals Webinar
When: March 16th, 4-5 PM PST
What: During this webinar, which will be led by two ScholarMatch coaches, you’ll learn what a financial aid appeal letter is and why it’s important. You’ll also learn tips and tricks for drafting appeal letters, learn from other coaches who have experience with financial aid appeals, and have the opportunity to ask questions related to the financial aid appeal process. The webinar will be recorded and shared on our 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!
Data Tracking & Reporting Needs: For students in C/O 2021 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.