FloridaShines newsletter copy
If your high school has a newsletter, here’s some general and topic-specific information you may wish to include to inform parents and students about FloridaShines. Feel free to modify the copy to meet your school’s needs.
FloridaShines newsletter copy for high schools
Topic: General overview and features of FloridaShines
The state of Florida has a great website – FloridaShines.org – that has valuable, FREE online resources to help students succeed in high school and prepare for college. Use FloridaShines.org to:
- Check your high school transcripts to stay on track to graduate
- Track your Bright Futures Scholarship eligibility
- Research and compare profiles of all 40 public colleges and universities in Florida
- View college admissions requirements and deadlines
- Explore degree and certificate programs
- Learn about ways to pay for college
- Discover education and career planning options using the free MyCareerShines career tool
Everything is all in one place, and all 100% free to use. Go to FloridaShines.org and check it out!
Topic: Using FloridaShines during the college search process
With so many colleges to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? The FloridaShines website can help you answer that question. On FloridaShines.org you can see detailed profiles of every public college and university in Florida. You can see costs, admission deadlines, degrees and programs offered, locations, student demographics, and lots more. It even has filters that you can use to find schools that offer any “must haves” that are on your list, such as sports teams, Greek life, or specific types of campus facilities. Each college uploads its information directly into FloridaShines, so you know it’s always accurate and complete. So get a jump on the college search process today by going to FloridaShines.org and select “Explore Institutions” from the “Go to College” menu. And the best part: Everything on the FloridaShines website is 100% free to use. Check it out!
Topic: Tracking Bright Futures Scholarship progress
Did you know that you can easily track your progress toward a Bright Futures Scholarship by going to the FloridaShines website? You can use the Bright Futures Scholarship Evaluation tool to see which scholarship level you qualify for, which requirements you’ve already met, and which ones you still need to complete (like high school GPA, college entrance exam scores, community volunteer hours, etc.). The evaluation tool is based on information from your school district and the Florida Department of Education. You should still verify your information and your eligibility with your school counselor, just to make sure all recent data has been uploaded. The evaluation tool – and everything else on the FloridaShines website – is 100% free to use. To start tracking your Bright Futures Scholarship progress, go to FloridaShines.org, then select “Go to College” and “Pay for College.”
Topic: Tracking your progress toward high school graduation
Your school counselor is one of the very BEST resources you have. Take full advantage of their help whenever possible! But in between appointments, you can check your progress toward graduation using the FloridaShines.org website. The “High School Academic Progress Evaluation” tool – along with all other resources on FloridaShines.org – is 100% free to use. Once you’re logged in to the evaluation tool, you can monitor your progress based on:
- Credits and achievements earned toward a standard high school diploma.
- Credits and achievements earned toward a standard diploma AND a career or industry-based certification exam.
- Credits and achievements earned toward a standard high school diploma AND toward meeting the requirements for admission to a state university.
- Credits and achievements earned toward a standard high school diploma AND toward meeting the requirements for admission to a state university AND a career or industry-based certification exam.
The evaluation tool is a great way to make sure you stay on track toward your education and career goal. The evaluation tool is based on information received from your school district and the Florida Department of Education, so you should still verify your information with your school counselor, just to make sure all recent data has been uploaded.
To access the High School Academic Progress Evaluation, go to FloridaShines.org, select “Go to College” and then “Get Ready for College.”
Topic: Making a plan for college and career
Looking for an easy guide to help plan for college and a career? The FloridaShines.org website has a free “College and Career Planner” that you can use to map out a path to reach your goals. FloridaShines.org is sponsored by the state of Florida, so all of its resources – including the College and Career Planner – are 100% free to use. To access the free Planner, go to FloridaShines.org, select “Go to College” and then “Get Ready for College.”
Topic: Financial aid
Paying for college is probably the biggest concern for high schoolers. But the good news is that there are a lot of ways to get your degree without ending up with a mountain of debt. The FloridaShines website has a great section on the topic of financial aid that you’ll want to check out. It includes information about scholarships (including Bright Futures), FAFSA, grants, loans, and even work-study programs to help offset expenses. FloridaShines is a free website from the state of Florida, so all of the resources on it are 100% free to use. Go to FloridaShines.org for information about financial aid and lots more! Go to FloridaShines.org, select “Go to College” and then “Get Ready for College.”
Topic: College readiness checklists, by high school year
The FloridaShines website has handy checklists of key things you need to do during each year of high school in order to get ready for college. From college entrance tests to grad checks, the checklists are a roadmap to help you prepare. FloridaShines has tons of other free online resources to help you succeed in high school, college, and your future. You can get the checklists and other free resources at FloridaShines.org. Go to FloridaShines.org, select “Go to College” and then “Get Ready for College.”