College: It’s not a dream, it’s a plan.
Reference this tool to explore the employment rates and earnings outcomes of graduates from state colleges, universities, and technical schools in Florida.
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:
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:
• FAFSA4caster is a free financial aid calculator that gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. This information helps families plan ahead for college.
• College Scorecard includes graduation rates, tuition costs, programs and areas of study.
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.
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.
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.
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.