The Bright Futures Scholarship program rewards Florida high school graduates for their academic achievements – and isn’t need-based. Money is available for use at almost all undergraduate schools in the state of Florida.Read More
Last March, in a blog post entitled The Florida public schools’ student-to-counselor ratio, aka “Do we really want to be average?, we decried the fact that Florida public high schools’ student-to-counselor ratio in 2013-14 exactly matched the national average. Result? An average of only about five and one-half minutes of face-to-face time between student and counselor each week (based on the absurd assumption that counselors spend all of their time working with individual students). And we presented information showing why that assumption was absurd. In short, the sheer weight of numbers and paucity of time precluded school counselors from giving our students – our children, our future leaders and future contributors to the welfare of our society – the individual attention needed and deserved.Read More
The 2015-16 Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) will be available online as of December 1, 2014. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org provides the FFAA to students seeking state scholarship and grant awards for the 2015-16 post secondary academic year.
This single application is used to evaluate the student for the programs listed below...Read More
This year, both FSU and UF require students to complete this online self-reported academic record as part of the application process. Apparently, some students aren’t getting it quite right, so FSU has issued some clarifying instructions. The most common errors are:
Regardless of a college’s deadline date, do not wait until the night before to submit the application! However, once you have successfully submitted an application…please don’t forget the final pieces of the puzzle. The devil is always in the details, and you’ve got some details to look after!Read More
Applying to UF or FSU? Don’t forget to complete your SSAR (Student Self-Reported Academic Record) instead of sending your official high school transcript. In fact, don’t send a transcript unless you’re accepted and make a commitment to attend one of these universities.
Both FSU and UF recommend that you complete the SSAR before submitting your application – and, luckily, they use the same SSAR, so you only have to complete it once if you’re applying to both of them.Read More
In the shadowy back rooms of the Florida legislature, promises went unfulfilled. Despite considerable lobbying efforts on the part of concerned parents, the legislators did not fix a glitch in a bill. The passage of the bill now means that parents of students who receive McKay Scholarship monies will have deducted from the scholarship $770 (for a two-semester course) to pay for any (including summer) FLVS courses.Read More
In the continuing saga of data-bound American education, Florida chose a new vendor whose assessment test Florida public school students will begin using in 2015.The American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., will create tests that will replace math, reading and writing sections of the FCAT. According to reports, the new tests extend to end-of-course (EOC) exams in algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2. The FCAT science tests will not change.Read More
Think you know your GPA? Guess again! Colleges rarely use the GPA that you see on your transcript; rather, they recalculate it using criteria that are essential to their specific admissions decision-making process. Since your academic record is the #1 factor in college admissions, it's important for you to evaluate it in the same way colleges do – and to be certain that you're also “calculating” which colleges are the right ones for you!Read More
The University of Florida has made a major adjustment to the admissions process for undergraduates this year. Admissions representatives from UF are calling it SAR: the Self-Reported Academic Record. In the past, the University of Florida, like most universities, required applicants to have transcripts sent directly to the university. That is no longer the case. As of 2013, applicants are required to enter their courses and grades from grades 9-11 and in-progress courses from grade 12 into a form that is part of the online application.Read More