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.
Applying to Florida Public Universities
The following is helpful information for researching and applying to the Colleges and Universities within the State of Florida University System. Freshman applications for Florida public universities (academic year 2018-2019) are now open.
State University System of Florida
University websites and information for applying to Florida public universities and colleges can be accessed through the State University System Florida Shines website or directly through the website for each school.
The State University System Matrix is a very helpful tool for comparing various State University campuses (SUS Matrix 2016).
The University of Florida has a single deadline of November 1st. Florida State University has two deadlines, one in mid-October and the other in December. You are strongly encouraged to apply by the FSU Early Application deadline (October 19th). Your chances for admission are significantly diminished if you wait to apply. All other Florida public universities utilize various Rolling Admissions plans. In every case, the earlier you apply the better. Each also have priority scholarship deadlines. This means that in order to be considered for scholarship aid you must apply by a specific date. You need to research and know these dates and deadlines for schools you are interested in attending. Once again, your chances of both being accepted and getting scholarships are much greater if you apply early.
Applying to Florida Public Universities
You should apply through the specific university website. All students are advised to apply to two or more Florida public universities and to do so early.
UF and FSU use what is called the Academic Self-Report (SAR and SSAR). You will visit a website and enter all academic coursework you have taken in high school. Your guidance counselor will provide you with a copy of your academic transcript to help you to complete the SSAR. Your counselor is also available to help you. If you are applying to both UF and FSU you will only need to complete the SSAR once.
All other state universities require an official transcript from your high school. You will need to request your transcript form your guidance office.
Letters of Recommendation
State University schools do not require letters of recommendation from either teachers or a guidance counselor. The exception to this is New College.
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. All students will be assisted in signing up for Bright Futures starting in October 1, 2017.
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 700 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 2018-2019 FAFSA application will open three months earlier than in the past on October 1, 2017. The new FAFSA will be using prior, prior year tax information (2016),that can be directly imported through the use of the IRS data retrieval tool. Please consult FAFSA Changes for 2017-18. It is important to fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible to be considered for aid.
Useful (and legitimate) FAFSA Resources
You should avoid all FAFSA websites except the official www.fafsa.ed.gov sites. All others are fee sites that charge for various services. It is not necessary to pay to complete or submit the FAFSA. It is manageable and free.
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/
Net Price Calculators/Aid Estimators
- College Affordability & Transparency collegecost.ed.gov/netpricecenter.aspx
- College Board netpricecalculator.collegeboard.org
- Edvisors www.edvisors.com/tools/
- FAFSA4Caster studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/estimate
Completing Financial Aid Forms
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Edvisors www.edvisors.com/fafsa/
- USDOE Federal Student Aid Website studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
Award Letters and Comparison Tools
- Edvisors www.edvisors.com/fafsa/after-submitting/award-letter/
- USDOE Federal Aid studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/next-steps/accept-aid
- FinAid Comparison Tool www.finaid.org/calculators/awardletter.phtml
- CFPB Comparison Tool www.consumerfinance.gov/paying-for-college/compare-financial-aid-and-college-cost/
Other Scholarship Websites
- 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