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College Preparation

In order to reach his goal that America will have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, President Obama encourages every American to complete at least one year of education beyond high school.  This checklist will tell you how to get ready for college---and how the government will help you pay for it. The checklist can be downloaded and it includes your "To Do" list for students and parents for Elementary School,  Junior High or Middle School and each year of High SchoolWe must prepare our children to be both college and career ready!

The U.S. Department of Education is the main source of financial aid for college, but it isn't the only source.

  • Visit to find out about education funding available from other federal agencies.

  • Visit to find out about money available from state governments.

  • Visit a college's website or ask its financial aid office about money the school offers its students.

  • Read the rest of this page to learn where to look for scholarships from sources other than those listed above.

The three main categories of federal student aid are:

  • Grant---Grant money usually doesn't have to be repaid. Most U.S. Department of Education grants are based on the student's financial need.

  • Work-study---Work-study money is earned by a student through a job on or near campus while attending school and does not have  to be repaid.

  • Loan---Loan money must be repaid with interest.

For details about the federal student aid programs, including maximum annual amounts and loan interest rates, visit .

For an early estimate of how much federal student aid you might be able to get, use FAFSA4caster™ at .  Visit to find out why you should consider college now and how to pay for it. The website also is available in the form or a workbook called My Future, My Way:First Steps Toward College. A PDF version is available at .

Finding Scholarships

Everyone want free money to help them attend college. There are many types of scholarships (they don't all require that you have outstanding grades), and they are provided by many different organizations. Each scholarship provider has its own application and its own rules to decide who can get its scholarship.  Your job is to find scholarships for which you think you might qualify, and apply by the deadlines.

And remember: There is not "secret" scholarship money out there. You don't need to pay a consultant or join a society just because they say they can help you find scholarships. You can find them yourself and save some money.  Free sources of information include:

There are 3 main college entrance tests that are used as an admission standard and/or to place you into the appropriate college-level course.

CPT: The College Placement Test (CPT) assesses proficiency level in math, English, and reading in order to place students in appropriate college-level courses. The CPT has three sections: Elementary Algebra, Reading, and Sentence Skills. Scores are based on the total correct and level of difficulty. Students who do not have an SAT or ACT score, must take the CPT upon admission to college in Florida.

SAT: The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test for college admissions. The SAT exam has three sections: Math, Critical Reading, and Writing. Scores on each section range from 200 to 800; two sub scores are given for the writing section: a multiple-choice sub score on a scale of 20-80, and an essay sub score on a scale of 2-12. For more information, registration, current fees, test prep, and test dates go to Off Site Link .

Most students take  SAT during the spring of their junior year of high school.  However, many take the SAT a second time in the fall of their senior year.  Students can build their own study plan and much more, visit  .

ACT: The ACT is a standardized achievement examination for college admissions. The ACT exam has four sections: Reading, English, Mathematics and Science (plus an optional writing test). Each section is scored on a range from 1 to 36; a "composite score" is the average of all four tests. The ACT Writing Test is scored 2-12 with 12 being the best score and does not affect the composite score. For more information, registration, current fees, test prep, and test dates go to Off Site Link Students can prep for the test, visit

State university admission requirements for Florida is provided to students and parents, visit, State University Admission Requirements.

Florida A&M Univeristy Crestview Education Center

FAMU has received approval to establish a new campus in Crestview, Florida with a Doctor of Pharmacy program being offered beginning in August 2012.
The Faculty and Staff of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Crestview Education Center, 153 Woodruff Avenue, Crestview, FL 32536.

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Florida's colleges and universities offer hundreds of online courses to meet your needs. Looking for a course to round out your schedule? Need help starting your full-time or part-time college career? Want to check your college transcripts? Find it all right here!

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