June 2024

Welcome to the June issue of the College Now Student Newsletter! Read on for information about financial aid, entrance exams, upcoming summer programs and more!



Be sure to pass along this information to your parent(s)/guardian(s) and reach out to your College Now advisor for any questions or additional details. College Now is dedicated to supporting YOU as you embark on your path toward a successful career.

As institutions return to their pre-COVID non-test optional entrance requirements, College Now maintains its recommendation for students to take at least two entrance exams. Register for an exam today!


Need help covering the exam fee? Contact your College Now Advisor to obtain a fee waiver.

ACT


Saturday, June 8

  • Registration deadline is closed.


Saturday, July 13

  • Registration deadline: Friday, June 7



Register Today

SAT


The SAT will be administering a digital exam.  


Saturday, August 24

  • Registration deadline: Friday, August 9





Register Today

Attention juniors! Take part in one of our summer test prep programs to help boost your score before applications are due next fall. 


Learn more about our test prep programming HERE

Happy summer! Over this break, be sure to keep an eye on your checklist items and prepare for the upcoming school year.  


Incoming Sophomores

  • Continue to apply for summer opportunities (job, programs, internships, volunteering, job shadowing, etc). Pay attention to deadlines.  
  • Invest in your success by taking time to improve your scores, read, work on Khan Academy or enroll in an ACT/SAT bootcamp or impact! program through College Now.  
  • Develop a SMART goal for the next school year. 


Incoming Juniors

  • Complete ACT/SAT prep by reading and increasing your vocabulary or taking practice tests.   
  • Visit a college campus and/or attend a career fair.   
  • Begin searching for scholarships and start saving for college.
  • Visit a college campus and/or attend a college/career fair.  
  • Begin researching scholarships that you may be eligible for and saving for college.  
  • Develop a SMART goal for the next school year.  
  • Participate in an enrichment program, career shadowing, volunteer opportunity or job. Keep track by updating your resume. 



Incoming Seniors

  • Participate in a summer college readiness program, college essay writing workshop or other activities that will support your postsecondary plans.    
  • Participate in a summer ACT/SAT prep program such as a College Now bootcamp, impact! or Xplore.  
  • Begin your college applications. Generally, colleges will have their applications online by the beginning of August.  
  • Create your Common Application account. Check to see if colleges you are considering use the Common Application by searching the Common Application website.  
  • Take the ACT/SAT national tests.  
  • Continue researching colleges.  
  • Schedule and attend campus visits at schools that interest you.  
  • Draft a personal statement that can be used on college and/or scholarship applications.  
  • Continue to document your questions and progress regarding your post-secondary plans.  


Recent Graduates

  • If you have not done so already, inform an institution of your intent to enroll and pay the enrollment fee (if applicable).     
  • If you plan to use Federal Student Loans to help finance your education, complete the loan entrance counseling and sign the Master Promissory Note. Instructions are available in your college portal or the financial aid office at your school.     
  • Pay your fall semester tuition, fees and housing/meal plan bill. Direct questions to the college’s Student Accounts/Bursar’s office. Second semester fees are usually due in December, so keep track of the deadlines to avoid late fees.  
  • Prepare for placement testing by reviewing college-provided materials.  
  • Confirm requirements for maintaining your grants and scholarships with the college’s Financial Aid office. 
  • Attend new student orientation.  
  • Continue to check your colleges student portal for announcements and items on your to-do list. 
  • Enjoy your summer and prepare for your college experience! 

 

Over the summer, students can stay engaged through summer school, camps, immersion programs or even by having a job. College Now is open year-round, so feel free to contact us at 216-241-5587 to learn about the programs we have available for your student.  

All Grades

  • Go to the library and have your student check out books from their summer reading list or join a summer reading program. Graduated seniors may also have summer reading assigned by their college or university before classes begin in the fall.  


Rising Seniors

  • If you have the opportunity, visiting colleges over the summer can be a great way to help your student refine their postsecondary interests. 
  • Talk to your student about taking the ACT and/or SAT. Although many schools are test-optional, these tests are still important for various trade schools, colleges and scholarships. Create an account to sign up for the ACT here and the SAT here.  

 

Recent Graduates

  • Ensure all paperwork, deposits and documents have been submitted to the postsecondary institution your student will attend.  
  • Review your student’s needs for the summer before they head off to college. 
  • Discuss and set up finances so your student understands their financial responsibilities, has access to their funds if needed and is aware of the finances needed to support their lifestyle in college. 
  • Take the summer to make a “life skills” plan with your student, ensuring they know how to do basic skills like doing laundry, cooking a simple meal, grocery shopping and banking.  


Attention recent graduates: register for your chance to receive a FREE computer!

Do you need a laptop for your postsecondary plans? Click the link below to enter for your chance to win a FREE laptop!

Register here

Need a plan for the summer? Start with participating in one of College Now’s summer programs! Participating in summer programs is a great way to build your resume and prepare for the upcoming school year.    

ACT & SAT Summer Bootcamps


Join College Now to gain invaluable insights into the ACT and SAT’s format and content, arming yourself with the knowledge you need to succeed. Learn proven strategies from experienced instructors to tackle even the toughest questions with confidence!

Register for a bootcamp

Summer Impact! Program


Our summer impact! program aims to equip students with comprehensive ACT or PSAT test preparation while offering invaluable guidance through the intricacies of college and career research. Upon completing an impact! session, students become eligible for a stipend and gain access to exciting college exposure opportunities.

Register for impact!

Summer Xplore Program


Xplore, our career exploration program, will take place this summer over three, two-week sessions at four locations. Students who participate and complete the session requirements will receive a stipend and be eligible to attend our free, exposure trip in August!

Max Hayes
Lincoln West


Warrensville Heights
Bedford


Middle and High School Xplore:

Dive into the World of Sherwin Williams

This summer, both middle and high school students have the exciting opportunity to explore the vibrant world of Sherwin Williams, a Fortune 500 company based in Cleveland. From understanding color theory and the chemistry of paint to delving into the business fundamentals of product development, finance, logistics, marketing and branding, participants will gain invaluable insights into various aspects of this dynamic industry. 

Middle School Xplorers
High School Xplore Sherwin Williams

Lorain Learning Lab


Dive into the world of comprehensive ACT test prep with Lorain Learning Labs, where expert instructors guide you through sessions aimed at maximizing your readiness and confidence for the exam. Beyond test prep, discover your passions and interests through engaging career exploration activities, setting the stage for a fulfilling future.


Experience college life firsthand with an exclusive, all-expenses-paid visit to two local campuses, gaining invaluable insights into higher education.

Register for Lorain Learning Labs

Transition2College


Transition2College, a free two-day workshop tailored for the Class of 2024 high school graduates transitioning into college, aims to equip you with essential tools for success. Through practical exercises and expert guidance, the workshop covers crucial topics about campus life.

Register for Transition2College


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

College Now advisor!

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