The four years of high school are profoundly important in the development of our young men and women at The Classical Academy. The courses they take, the extra-curricular activities they choose, and their relationships among peers and faculty will join to create a well-rounded student. At TCA, we strive to help our students become virtuous citizens, and we will help them as they plan for their college/post-secondary education experiences.
The college and testing advising office is open to assist all ninth through twelfth grade students. It is here to help students seek out appropriate post-secondary institutions, explore career options, register for SAT, ACT, and CLEP examinations, and apply for scholarships. The advisor, Mrs. Jennifer Loomis, has office hours each day from 12:45pm – 3pm to meet with students and parents.
We encourage you to visit this page often. Here you will find updated testing information, scholarships, information from the Florida Department of Education, and useful forms and links.
Transcript Request and Letters of Recommendation
Information can be accessed through the State Scholarship and Grant Programs website. The Bright Futures link describes current requirements and awards amounts. Be sure to follow legislative updates and any changes to the current program.
The Common Application
If you are applying to a private college/university, (and many out-of-state public universities as well), it is likely that you will be using an application system known as the Common Application or simply the “Common App.” This electronic platform has been designed to combine questions from many college applications into one universal document that can be sent to any college that is a member of the Common Application organization. Over 900 colleges/universities now use the Common App.
The information requested on the Common App includes basic, identifying information like name, address, date of birth, test scores, grade point average, etc., as well as more subjective content such as essays, descriptions about clubs and activities, and the inclusion of recommendation letters. In addition, each college may require a supplement with additional questions to which the Common App will alert you.
The Common Application website offers detailed information about the various parts of the application, downloadable forms, answers to FAQs, and online demos.
FAFSA and the CSS Financial Aid Profile
The U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid program is the largest provider of student aid. It funds more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study each year to more than 15 million college students. In order to be eligible for federal aid, and many state and local scholarships you must complete the FAFSA.
Please note that many colleges now require applicants to fill out the FASFA and/or the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE regardless of whether or not you are applying for financial aid
The FAFSA application will open each October. The FAFSA will be using the prior year’s tax information that can be directly imported through the use of the IRS data retrieval tool. It is important to fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible to be considered for aid. Click this link to fill out your FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Links
- Edvisors Plan for College www.edvisors.com/plan-for-college/
- FinAid The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid www.finaid.org/
- USDOE College Affordability & Transparency Center collegecost.ed.gov/
- USDOE Federal Student Aid Website studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
- Edvisors www.edvisors.com/scholarships/
- Fastweb www.fastweb.com
- FinAid www.finaid.org
- Go College www.gocollege.com
- Merit Aid www.meritaid.com
- Scholarships.com www.scholarships.com
- ScholarshipExperts.com www.scholarshipexperts.com