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College Preparation Checklist

If you’re thinking about going to college after high school, but aren’t quite sure where to begin, below are some important steps you’ll want to take each year to help yourself prepare for college success.  For a printable PDF version, click HERE.

College Board Scholarships

Action Steps for Seniors    FIll out your FASFA and Apply!

Last Call! The Improve Your Score Scholarship closes at the end of January.

Complete the FAFSA
Closes End of February
Seniors who fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) will earn an entry to this scholarship.

Note: Students who are legally ineligible to submit the FAFSA can still earn an entry for the scholarship by going to their My Action Plan page on the program website.

Apply to Colleges
Closes End of February
Students who apply to two or more colleges will earn an entry to this scholarship.

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Action Steps for Juniors

Build Your College List
Open Through June
Students who create and save a college list on BigFuture™ with six or more schools will earn an entry to this scholarship.

Practice for the SAT
Open Through October
Students who start using Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy® by completing a Timed Mini Section (if they already have a PSAT-related assessment or SAT score) or Diagnostic Quiz (if they don't yet have a score) will earn an entry to this scholarship.

e Board Opportunity Scholarships
Now more than ever, students and families are concerned about how to pay for college. The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program has evolved to address these concerns and support students as they navigate the college planning and financial aid process—no matter their circumstances.
All students are eligible to participate in this college planning program, beginning in December of their junior year. This is a unique scholarship program. It doesn’t require an essay or an application, and there isn’t a minimum GPA or SAT score requirement. Instead, it rewards all students’ efforts on their way to college. The more effort that students put in and steps they complete, the more chances they have to earn a scholarship.
The College Board Opportunity Scholarships lay out six simple steps that all students can take to get to college. For each step in the program that a student completes, they’ll earn a chance at a $500 scholarship. When a student completes all six, they’ll earn a chance at $40,000 for their college education. At least half of all the scholarships—more than $2 million each year—are awarded to students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year. When a student completes a step, they earn one entry to the scholarship drawing. Students who qualify as lower income earn two entries to the scholarship drawing, thus doubling their chances at being awarded the scholarship.
The six steps in this scholarship program:
• Help students plan by making, refining, and applying to a list of colleges,
• Help them prepare by getting ready for the SAT, and
• Help them pay for college by incentivizing FAFSA completion and connecting students to additional scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

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College Board-Virtual College Fair

I am excited to share that College Board will launch its inaugural BigFuture Days, a regional series of virtual college fairs for high school seniors ,juniors and sophmores to help connect them with hundreds of colleges, admissions officers, and current college students. BigFuture Days are designed to give students a tailored experience so that they can establish connections with colleges and take action on important college planning tasks, like building a college list and identifying scholarships to apply for.   

We want to make sure that students in Volusia County learn about and register to attend these free virtual college events. 

 Please watch one minute video link 

Students and educators can register for multiple events, including the region they live in and/or the region(s) that represents the schools they are most interested in as well as learn more about the event(s) here:


  • BigFuture Day West + Southwest, Saturday, February 6, 2021, 4:00 – 8:00pm ET
  • BigFuture Day Southeast, Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 5:00 – 9:00pm E
  • BigFuture Day Northeast, Sunday, March 7, 4:00 – 8:00pm ET
  • BigFuture Day Midwest, Thursday, March 11, 5:00 – 9:00pm ET


In addition, if parents have questions about BigFuture Days they can learn more about the event(s) here: Parent Information


Please see Mrs. Akins For more information in room 5-114 

 Career and College counselor   

386-740-9800 x23752