October 2023

Welcome to the new College Now Greater Cleveland student newsletter! You are receiving this important information because you work with a College Now advisor at your school. Our goal each month is to share timely updates and reminders about specific ways you can prepare for the critical education you'll need after high school.

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. College Now is here to support YOU on your journey to a successful career.


  • Learn how to calculate a Grade Point Average (GPA). 
  • Take the PSAT or Pre-ACT. Your results will not be used for college admission. 
  • Investigate opportunities to volunteer in your community. 
  • Work on your resume and keep record of your involvement, volunteer work and employment. 


  • Take the PSAT and/or Pre-ACT. Your results will not be used for college admission. 
  • Get involved with activities outside of class if you haven't already. Your level of involvement and accomplishments are more important than the number of activities. 
  • Continue working on your resume and keep record of your involvement, volunteer work and employment. 


  • Continue to look for college visit information when college representatives visit your school. 
  • Consider getting a job, volunteering and joining a club and keep your resume updated with any new activities. 
  • Take the PSAT offered at your school. Meet with your College Now advisor to discuss your test prep strategies, and ask about test dates for the PSAT, ACT and SAT. 
  • Go on a few college visits. Keep notes and highlights from each school at your visit. 


  • Continue to meet with college representatives and attend college fairs. 
  • Create your FSA ID to start the federal student loan application process. Record and save your login information in a secure place. 
  • If you are applying to selective colleges or universities that require the CSS Profile, complete this as soon as possible after it opens on October 1 each year. 
  • Register for the SAT and/or ACT if you haven't done so already and you plan to retest and/or take the second test. 
  • Complete college/scholarship essays and personal statements. 
  • Pay attention to early application deadlines (e.g. November 1). Finalize and send any early action or early decision applications this month. 
  • Attend any school- or College Now-sponsored financial aid programs or other college-related programs with your parent/guardian. 
  • Start setting aside money for college deposits, usually due May 1. Saving a bit each month between now and May will make it easier to pay the $200 to $800 that will be due. 
  • Continue to apply for scholarships, including College Now's traditional scholarship, which opens in December.

Register for an upcoming college entrance exam today! We encourage you to take at least two exams before applying to college.


Exam Date: December 9

Registration Deadline: November 3

Late Registration: November 17

Exam Date: February 10

Registration Deadline: January 5

Late Registration: January 19

More Information


Exam Date: December 2

Registration Deadline: November 2

Late Registration: November 21

More Information

High school seniors and parents of seniors: Register for your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID Now! The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens in December. Begin preparing for the FAFSA by creating your FSA ID. 


College Now is here to help you create your FSA ID. Join our in-person workshops – and register today!

FSA ID Workshop:

Saturdays, Nov. 4, Dec. 2 & 9, 10 a.m. - noon

College Now is hosting an FSA ID creation workshop this Saturday for any parents & students at our offices at 1500 West 3rd Street, Suite 125, Cleveland. Metered parking is free on Saturdays downtown, and RTA train & bus lines are always available through Public Square and Tower City. Computers will be available for support.

Please share this flyer with your parent(s)/guardians(s); registration is available online at cngc.org/FSAID.

FSAID Workshops
Directions to College Now from Tower City

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Cooke College Scholarship Program: Deadline: Nov. 16

Scholarship amount: Up to $55,000 per year for a 4-year program 


  • High school senior 
  • 3.5 cumulative unweighted GPA 
  • Financial need 
Learn More

College Now is hosting weekly webinars for parents of students who attend ANY school. All webinars take place from 6 – 7:30 p.m. and online registration is required.

Wednesday, Nov. 1: Finding Your College Compass – Comparing Colleges & Understanding Best Fit 

A comprehensive guide to comparing colleges and pinpointing the best fit for your academic and personal journey. Discover the factors that matter most, from academic programs to campus culture, and align them with your aspirations. 

Tuesday, Nov. 14: College Affordability and the FAFSA

Unlock the mysteries of college affordability and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Navigate tuition, financial aid and more. Equip yourself with tools and insights to strategically manage your college finances. 

Tuesday, Nov. 28: Scholarship Success Strategies

From searching to applying, get insider tips and techniques to maximize scholarship opportunities. Learn how to stand out in the competitive scholarship landscape and turn potential into financial reward.

College Now Events

Accounting Career Day with

Ohio Society of CPAs High School Program

Wednesday, Nov. 8 at Cleveland State University 

Do you excel in math or interested in learning about careers in accounting? The Ohio Society of CPAs is hosting Accounting Career Days for high school students. Students get to meet young professionals, today’s accounting majors and see the CSU campus; lunch is provided. Any students taking business classes, accounting classes, or any students who are looking for a rewarding career are welcome. There is a tremendous talent shortage in the accounting field – accounting majors have PAID internships during college and nearly always have a job offer lined up before they graduate! 

  • Where: Cleveland State University
  • Time: 11:10-11:40 a.m. followed by lunch
Register Today

Thrive Scholars apply by Dec. 15!

Each year, Thrive Scholars program participants go to top colleges for free. They excel in their majors and flourish on their college campuses. And they graduate with exceptional grades — ready to thrive in the careers of their choice.

The Thrive Scholars 2024 application is now OPEN! There are only 20 total spots available. The application closes on Dec. 15, 2023.


You can view the eligibility requirements for the free 6-Year Program* and OnRamp Program**. 

*6-Year Program - Targets 11th grade students of color 

**OnRamp Program - Targets 10th grade Black/Generational African American males

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

College Now advisor!

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Cleveland, OH 44113



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