• College: It’s not a dream, it’s a plan.

    This year, we will be hosting a a variety of virtual activities and workshops to assist you with your post-secondary planning!


    Oct 19-23     SPC Free Application Week

    You will be able to apply to SPC for FREE throughout the ENTIRE week!

    The free application drive is now over.


    Oct 19        How to complete the SSAR and Common App

    This workshop will guide you on how to complete the SSAR efficiently and accurately. The SSAR allows you to enter, track and submit your academic record electronically to participating colleges and universities. We will also be sharing information on how to fill out the Common App. Special thanks to Pinellas Park High School and Palm Harbor University High School for sharing these great resources!

    SSAR Presentation

    Filling out the Common App Presentation - be sure to enable editing and content before playing the presentation


    Oct 20        Pinellas County Schools Annual Financial Aid Seminar

    If you are planning to attend a post-secondary institution and you are concerned about how to obtain financial aid, we invite you to view this seminar sponsored by Pinellas County Schools and hosted by the district’s financial aid counselor, Ms. Brooke Pair.

    Financial Aid Seminar


    Oct 21        Writing an Effective and Engaging College Admissions Essay

    Our guest speaker, Ms. Lindsey Waters, is a product of Pinellas County Schools, is an Associate Director of College Counseling, has conducted “Crafting a Competitive Admission Essay” workshops at various college admission conferences, as well as hosted her own TED talk!

    College Essay Workshop


    Oct 22        Introduction to Naviance Scavenger Hunt

    Now’s your chance to learn about Naviance, a new online tool that can be used to research colleges, majors, and careers. Additional features: build a resume; research and apply for scholarships; take learning style and career assessments; and much more! Complete the scavenger hunt for a chance to win a prize (...it's a Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook)!


    • Sign in with Clever.
    • Click "About Me" in the upper right corner.
    • From there, click "My Surveys."
    • Then, choose "Surveys Not Started."
    • Lastly, choose the "Introduction to Naviance Scavenger Hunt."

    We'll choose a winner at the end of College Application Week!


    Oct 23        St. Petersburg College Application Assistance Day

    SPC academic advisors will be available via online break-out sessions to assist in the application process! Come down to the Media Center between 1:30 and 2:30pm to get help finalizing your application.

    • For individual and group assistance from SPC Staff, CLICK HERE to join via Zoom on Friday, October 23rd from 1:30-2:30 PM.


    And don't forget to wear your best college gear on Friday, October 23!


    Earning Potential

    Apply Yourself Florida! Student Guide

    Student Instructions Handout

    Apply Yourself Florida Student Guide Handouts:

    What’s My Ideal College Worksheet

    College Visit Profile Worksheet

    Writing Your Personal Statement handout

    Requesting a Recommendation Letter & Brag Sheet

    You’ve Applied! Next Steps

    Applying for Financial Aid

    Scholarship Organizer

    Summer Transition Checklist

    The Great College Application Adventure

    Explore Fit and Match

    Schools that are a good fit align with a student’s values and preferences regarding student life, class size, location, etc. Schools that are a good match align well with a student’s academic record.

    The following resources help students explore these factors:

    Big Future



    Calculate the Cost of College

    Many students avoid applying to college because they assume they cannot afford it. Other students take on burdensome loans, because they don’t understand the cost of repayment.

    These resources will help students understand the actual costs of college:

    College Scorecard includes graduation rates, tuition costs, programs and areas of study.

    Text Advising

    Text advising can be a helpful way for your students to get information about college. GetSchooled provides free text advising from real people on topics like college applications and financial aid.




    Am I eligible for a fee waiver?

    ACT College Application Fee Waivers

    Eligibility: Students who used a fee waiver to take the ACT exam.

    Access: School counselors should print the necessary number of fee waivers and sign off on student eligibility. Students must also sign the form.

    • Download the fee waiver here

    SAT College Application Fee Waivers

    Eligibility: Students who used a fee waiver to take the SAT exam or SAT subject test.

    Access: Students can access the fee waivers directly through their online College Board Account. Students may use up to four fee waivers. Counselor approval is not required.

    • Find more information here

    National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) College Application Fee Waivers

    Eligibility: Students are eligible for up to four fee waivers if they meet at least one of these criteria:

    • The student used a fee waiver to take the SAT or ACT
    • The student is enrolled in a free or reduced-price lunch program
    • The student is enrolled in a program for low-income students (TRIO, Upward Bound)
    • The student’s family qualifies for public assistance
    • The student is a ward of the state
    • Other special circumstances outlined by the school counselor

    Access: School counselors must print the form and sign off on student eligibility.

    • Download the form here


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Last Modified on November 28, 2020