January 2024

Happy New Year! Welcome to the January edition of the College Now Student Newsletter! Start the year strong by completing the FAFSA, attending one of our FAFSA workshops or test prep bootcamps and applying for the featured scholarships below.   

Please share this information with your parent(s)/guardian(s) and contact your College Now advisor with any questions or if you'd like additional information. We are here to support YOU on your journey to a successful career.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is NOW OPEN with significant changes! Complete the FAFSA to access grants, work-study funds and loans for your college or career journey.   

If you run into technical glitches while completing the FAFSA, be patient and don't give up! Feel free to contact us at fafsa@collegenowgc.org for help or work directly with your College Now advisor.

Before you get started, review our helpful FAFSA toolkit.

Complete the FAFSA Here

Need help completing your FAFSA?

Join us at one of our FREE, informative in-person workshops below for assistance and guidance on to complete your application. Special thanks to our public library partners throughout Northeast Ohio for hosting several FAFSA completion events with College Now. 

College Now Greater Cleveland- Downtown Office

Saturday, January 20

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Register Here

Cuyahoga County

Public Library

Brooklyn Branch

Wednesday, January 24

5 - 7 p.m.

Register Here

Lorain Public

Library System

Avon Branch

Thursday, January 25

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Register Here

Cuyahoga County

Public Library

Parma Heights


Wednesday, January 31

6 - 8 p.m.

Register Here

Cuyahoga County

Public Library

North Royalton


Thursday, February 1

6 - 8 p.m.

Register Here

Medina County District Library

Medina Library

Tuesday, February 6

6 - 8 p.m.

Register Here

Cuyahoga County

Public Library

Mayfield Branch

Tuesday, February 20

6 - 8 p.m.

Registration opens on Monday, January 22 at 9 a.m.

Register Here

Looking for a New Year's resolution? Kick off the year by checking off items from the lists below! 

All High School Grades

  • Check to make sure your GPA is on track
  • For freshmen and sophomores, getting and maintaining a 2.5 or higher is critical at this point.
  • For juniors and seniors, getting a 3.0 or higher is critical for scholarships and financial aid.
  • Help or support your student with signing up for winter and spring sports clubs.


  • Attend a College Credit Plus or AP informational session. Ask your school counselor for more information.
  • If available, use your school's college & career planning tool to explore different careers. Visit the various tabs and complete an interest or career survey. Review videos about careers that align with your interests.


  • Begin researching the admissions requirements of colleges you are interested in. Compare your current test scores and grades with the incoming student profile on the colleges' admission pages to determine whether you would be admitted today.
  • Register for AP exams.
  • Review first semester grades and evaluate your cumulative GPA.
  • Continue to participate in extracurricular activities. Work towards serving in leadership positions in the activities you enjoy most.


  • Consider arranging a job shadowing opportunity to see if the field you are interested in is really what you think it is. Ask your counselor or College Now advisor for assistance as needed.
  • Work with your counselor to set up a senior schedule and ensure you are on track to graduate. Be sure to enroll in challenging courses.
  • Learn about and register for College Credit Plus (CCP) courses.
  • Research colleges or other options for post-high school, such as training programs and apprenticeships.


  • Help your student begin their ACT or SAT test preparation by registering for a test-prep boot camp or get them a test-prep book from the library.
  • It's not too early to think about graduation requirements. As you sign up for courses for your senior year, make sure you have plans in place to meet all state and district graduation requirements.


  • Check graduation requirements to make sure your student is on track to graduate.
  • If your student needs additional credits to graduate, talk with the school counselor about what your student needs to do to take courses, make up credits and graduate on time.
  • Begin scholarship searching with your student. Check out our highlighted scholarships below!
  • If your student is taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams, help them get enough rest and study time before the exam.

College Now offers several college access services to students outside of school hours. These programs are open to all high school students in Northeast Ohio, and any high school student can partipate at any location!

Get ACT, SAT and PSAT test prep with impact!

impact! is College Now's five week-long program that focuses on entrance exam preparation and college and career readiness. This program is free and open to high school students from any school in Northeast Ohio. This program is offered at various locations, allowing you to choose the one that is most convenient for you!

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for a stipend of at least $400 if they met the attendance requirements!

Register Here

College Now Traditional Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 27

In order to qualify, students must:

  • Attend a College Now-served high school
  • Have a cumulative weighted GPA of at least a 2.5
  • Have a minimum ACT composite score of 18 or combined verbal and math SAT score of 960
  • File the 2024-2025 FAFSA
  • Qualify for the Federal Pell Grant

Apply Here

Cleveland Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: March 15

College Now manages more than 60 Cleveland Foundation scholarships. These scholarships vary in criteria and scope, and there is something for nearly everyone.

By completing the general application, students can be considered for dozens of scholarships. Please note that while the general application covers many scholarships, others require a separate application.

Apply Here

Jimmy Malone Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 6

The Malone family is looking for students with passion, drive, energy, a sense of humor and financial need. There is no tangible list of requirements. The Malone family firmly believes in tolerance and acceptance, and therefore these characteristics are a requirement of all Malone Scholars. If you receive the Malone Scholarship, you will be joining the diverse Malone scholarship family. Students of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations are welcome in the Malone Scholarship family. 

Apply Here

The Dream.US Opportunity Scholarship 

Application Deadline:

January 31 

The Opportunity Scholarship is for undocumented students who live in states where they effectively have no access to college – either because they face paying out-of-state tuition or because their state will simply not admit them into its universities. This is for students who plan on attending Delaware State University, Dominican University, Eastern Connecticut State University or Trinity Washington University.  

Apply Here

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Scholarship  

Application Deadline:

February 28

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for their communities. The scholarship program is one of several events supported by the chapter’s Scholarship Committee through the Delta Alpha Lambda Foundation. 

Apply Here

Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship 

Application Deadline: March 6 

The Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship is for students who are in the top 10% of their high school graduating class, have high test scores and plan to pursue a liberal arts or humanities major. Students should have a love of learning and be active in the school and community. This $1,000 scholarship is renewable. Students must be attending a College Now served high school in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit Counties. 

Apply Here

Register for an upcoming college entrance exam today! We encourage you to take at least two exams before applying to college. Check with your College Now advisor about the steps needed for registration.


Exam Date: Saturday, February 10

(This is a reminder for those who have registered for this exam; the registration window is now closed)


Exam date: Saturday, March 9  

Registration Deadline: February 23

(Note that the SAT will be administered digitally - no more paper and pencil!)

Check with your College Now advisor about how to register for these tests.

Why should you test? Although many institutions across the nation no longer require entrance exams, College Now encourages students to take at least two exams before graduating. Plus, colleges/universities may require a test score for specific academic majors and scholarships. Bottom line: Take the exams! 

See you next month! In the meantime, reach out to your

College Now advisor!

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