Many students have delayed their college plans due to the pandemic, which can mean forgoing college altogether for some of them.  This can have longer term earnings consequences.  That’s why more than a dozen education stakeholders from across Florida have partnered for an event that aims to make the college-going process less daunting for students.

On March 8-11, FCAN, FloridaShines and its partners will host “College 101: What to do, When to do it, and How,” a free online event designed for students that will dedicate four nights to four crucial college readiness steps:

  • Explore (March 8) led by Dr. Amanda Sterk, director of dual enrollment, Florida SouthWestern State College: There are multiple pathways to success, including career/technical programs, 2-year and 4-year degrees. Students will learn about the main options and how to figure out which one is the right match for them.
  • Apply (March 9) led by Christine Sylvain, executive director of Path to College: Students will learn how to put their best foot forward in their college application and how to ace the essay.
  • Fund (March 10) led by Daniel Barkowitz, assistant vice president of financial aid and veteran’s affairs, Valencia College and Earl Young, director of operations & systems improvements, Education Foundation of Sarasota County: There are 3 main ways to pay for college. Students will learn about each and how to ensure they get all they qualify for.
  • Go (March 11) led by Tron Lippett, assistant director of enrollment, Broward College: They’ve applied. They’ve been accepted. Summer is an important time to finish steps so students can start strong in the fall. This session will help students know what they need to do over the summer to be ready for college.

College 101 will also feature current students discussing their experience with the college-going process and what college is like during a pandemic.

COMING SOON!  Later in the month on Monday March 22 and 29, College 101: Finishing the FAFSA will guide students and families with step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the FAFSA.

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Do you have students who are confused by the college-going process or haven’t started applying to college?  Encourage them to register at to learn how.

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