Fast Facts about…
Summer Activities and Reminders
for High School Students
· Make sure you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA) and received a response from colleges. Bright futures funds will not be released in the fall without this.
· Amend your Bright Futures application to show the college you actually plan to attend.
· If you plan to play sports in college make sure you have a final transcript sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Rising 9-12th graders
· Research colleges over the summer. Who offers a degree program you are interested in? What are the application deadlines? What does the college’s Freshman Profile look like (GPA, test scores)? www.facts.org , www.campustours.com, and www.collegeboard.com are great resources.
· Still need higher ACT or SAT scores for college admissions, graduation, post secondary readiness or Bright Futures? Try these FREE websites for test prep www.majortests.com www.SoarAtHome.org www.March2Success.com
· Research Bright Futures eligibility requirements http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf/
· Start doing community service work. Bright Futures now requires community service for all three levels of their scholarship. Once a student is promoted to ninth grade they can start earning hours. Check out the district guidelines online at http://www.duvalschools.org/static/aboutdcps/departments/acadprog/guidance_services/downloads/Community%20Service%2012-11.pdf , or get the verification form at http://www.duvalschools.org/static/aboutdcps/departments/acadprog/guidance_services/downloads/serviceverif.pdf
· Need ideas for community service? Try Hands On Jacksonville www.handsonjacksonville.org
· Create a portfolio of all the different activities you have participated in- clubs, sports, community service, and work activities. Make sure to include any leadership roles you have taken on.