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Student Resources

FAFSA Is Now Open

The FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) is the application that students must complete to apply for financial aid which can be used to attend eligible colleges or technical schools. The application opens annually October 1st.  Students should complete the FAFSA beginning senior year of high school and every year they are enrolled in college.

To access the FAFSA click here!

The FAFSA is used to determine what federal aid a student may qualify for.  In Florida, colleges and private organizations also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for state and institutional aid. Completing the FAFSA is the access point for students to the majority of grants and scholarships, regardless of income or academic status.

 

The first step to completing the FAFSA is to create a FSA ID for the student and parent.  We’ve created a step-by-step tutorial for creating a FSA ID .  Once the FSA ID has been processed (about 3 business days) the student will receive an email and can then complete the FAFSA.

 

 

We’ve also created a step-by-step tutorial to walk a student and parent through completing the FAFSA for the first time.

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Virtual Rising Senior Workshops

 

Champions For Learning Invites Class of 2021 to attend Virtual Rising Senior Workshops

Registration is open for the Class of 2021 to join in for Champions For Learning’s Virtual Rising Senior Workshops.

As part of an ongoing goal to ensure all Collier County students are equipped and prepared for their future learning and career goals, Champions For Learning offers a variety of community-based college and career readiness resources to the entire community in support of our collective goals through Future Ready Collier.

This series of Rising Senior Workshops are provided at no cost to students and families thanks to the generous support of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Naples Children & Education Foundation, Naples Daily News, and the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program through the State of Florida and Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. Collier County rising seniors (Class of 2021) and their parents will receive information by local experts about the college application process, financial aid, and scholarship resources to help prepare them for post high school education.

All sessions will be held virtually, pre-registration is required.  To register for one or more of the workshops visit ChampionsForLearning.org/Resources. Each webinar will be recorded and will be available on-demand for those unable to attend.

The dates and descriptions of the workshops are listed below.

  • Application Process

This workshop is designed to demystify the college admissions process.  Topics covered will include admissions requirements and deadlines (with a focus on in-state institutions), deciding which schools to apply to, tips and resources to complete applications, and what happens after the application is submitted.

  • July 22, 2020: 9 am – 10:30 am
  • August 5, 2020: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

 

  • Scholarships

This workshop is designed to give students and parents a strong foundation for applying for scholarships.  We will guide families through the community scholarship application process using the Scholarship Connector.  Students and families will also learn about Florida Bright Futures and receive resources to aid them in the scholarship application process.

  • August 6, 2020: 9 am – 10:30 am
  • August 20, 2020: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

 

  • Financial Aid Process

This workshop is designed to walk students and families through the financial aid process.  Topics covered will include cost of college (with a focus on in-state institutions), types of financial aid, the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA), Florida state aid, institutional aid, and resource guides designed to make the financial aid process easier. 

  • July 27, 2020: 9 am – 10:30 am
  • August 10, 2020: 6 pm – 7:30 pm
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Suncoast Scholarship Recipients Announced

Champions For Learning in partnership with The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation is pleased to announce that five students in Collier County have each been awarded a $2,000 college scholarship. In total, Suncoast Federal Credit Union has awarded $116,000 in scholarships to 58 high school seniors within their 21 county service area this year.

The scholarship recipients in Collier County  are:  Yesenia Avila (Lorenzo Walker Technical High School), Sandra Gregorio-Matias (Immokalee High School), Natalia Maldonado (Gulf Coast High School), Bryan Perez (Golden Gate High School), and Cindy Velasquez (Immokalee High School.)

“We believe the best way we can build better communities is by investing in education and health-related initiatives for children,” said Cindy Helton, Executive Director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. “Through the Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program, we have the opportunity to invest in individual human potential, which is particularly rewarding.”

This year’s Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program represents a continued philosophy of the foundation to support education initiatives and the well-being and potential of children.  Since its inception in 1990, the Foundation has contributed more than $22 million including more than 600 student scholarships valued at nearly $1 million.

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10th Graders: Join the Champions College and Career Prep Program

Champions For Learning Opens Applications for 10th Grade Students for College & Career Prep Program

Champions For Learning would like to encourage students in 10th grade from public or independent high schools in Collier County, to apply for the Champions For Learning College and Career Preparation Program. This program is provided at no cost to students and families thanks to the generous support of many donors including the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Naples Children and Education Foundation, Suncoast Credit Union, and the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program through the State of Florida and Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.
Students are provided with:

• College and career preparation program in Champions For Learning on-site lab (Summer of 2020 through 2022)
• Family workshops on college processes such as applications, financial aid and college planning
• Naviance, a web-based tool that enables students to stay on track with college access tasks as well as ACT and SAT test preparation
Program Eligibility:
• Current 10th grade student in a public or independent school in Collier County (and resident of Collier County)
• Minimum 2.5 unweighted GPA
• Must satisfy credit requirements to be on pace to graduate in spring of 2022
• Must have good attendance
• Exhibit good behavior in and out of school
• Student must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or an eligible non-citizen
• Meet the program income eligibility: Eligibility is limited to households with a combined adjusted gross income for tax filers and earned income for those not required to file a federal tax return of less than $120, 347. 2018 tax return accepted.

Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling bases, until the class is full. The earlier you apply, the greater the potential that space remains available in the program.

Click here to apply!

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Attention Class of 2020 Attend a Rising Senior Workshop!

Registration is open for the Class of 2020 to attend Champions For Learning’s Rising Senior Workshops.

These Rising Senior Workshops are provided at no cost to Collier County students and families thanks to the generous support of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and Naples Children & Education Foundation.

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Attention 10th Graders- College and Career Prep Program Application- NOW OPEN!

Champions For Learning would like to encourage students in 10th grade from public or independent high schools, to apply for the Champions For Learning College and Career Preparation Program. This program is provided at no cost to students and families thanks to the generous support of many donors and in particular, thank you for the incredible generosity from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Naples Children and Education Foundation, Suncoast Credit Union, and the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program through the State of Florida and Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. 

Students are provided with:

  • College and career preparation program in Champions For Learning on-site lab (Summer of 2019 through 2021)
  • Family workshops on college processes such as applications, financial aid and college planning
  • Naviance, a web-based tool that enables students to stay on track with college access tasks as well as ACT and SAT test preparation

Program Eligibility:

  • Current 10th grade student in a public or private school in Collier County (and resident of Collier County
  • Minimum 2.5 unweighted GPA
  • Must satisfy credit requirements to be on pace to graduate in spring of 2021
  • Must have good attendance
  • Exhibit good behavior in and out of school
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or an eligible non-citizen
  • Meet the program income eligibility:  Eligibility is limited to households with a combined adjusted gross income for tax filers and earned income for those not required to file a federal tax return of less than $119,915.  2018 taxes preferred, but will accept 2017 taxes.

The deadline to apply for the program is May 8, 2019 and it is a competitive application process.  To download an application, visit ChampionsForLearning.org/apply.

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Congratulations to Our New College and Career Preparation Program Inductees!

On December 3, Champions For Learning inducted 65 11th grade students into the College and Career Preparation Program.

This program is provided at no cost to students and families thanks to the generous support of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.

As participants in this program student will receive

  • Weekly college and career preparation curriculum in our on-site lab
  • Family workshops on college processes such as applications, financial aid and college planning
  • Naviance, a web-based tool that enables students to stay on track with college access tasks as well as ACT and SAT test preparation

Congratulations to the inductees!

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Champions For Learning to Name Five Suncoast Credit Union Scholars in 2019

The Suncoast Schools Credit Union Foundation is partnering with the Champions For Learning to offer five of $2,000 scholarship awards to high school graduates in the Class of 2019.  Class of 2019 high school graduates in Suncoast Credit Union’s 21-county service territory have the opportunity to apply for financial support to continue their education, thanks to a $116,000 investment in scholarships by the Tampa-based credit union’s Foundation.

Click here to download the application.

This year’s Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program represents a continued philosophy of the foundation to support education initiatives and the well-being and potential of children.  Since its inception in 1990, the Foundation has contributed more than $22 million including more than 600 student scholarships valued at nearly $1 million.

“We believe the best way we can build better communities is by investing in education and health-related initiatives for children,” said Cindy Helton, Executive Director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.  “Through the Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program, we have the opportunity to invest in individual human potential, which is particularly rewarding.”

All applications must be received by 5pm on January 11, 2019  at the Champions For Learning office, 3606 Enterprise Avenue #150, Naples, FL  34104.

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Attention 11th Graders and Families

Champions For Learning would like to encourage students in 11th grade, from public or independent high schools, to apply for the College and Career Prep Program.

This program is provided at no cost to students and families thanks to the generous support of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.

Students are provided with:
  • Weekly college and career preparation curriculum in our on-site lab
  • Family workshops on college processes such as applications, financial aid and college planning
  • Naviance, a web-based tool that enables students to stay on track with college access tasks as well as ACT and SAT test preparation

Click here to download an application and eligibility information. Applications are due October 12.

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Class of 2019! Attend a Rising Senior Workshop!

Registration is open for the Class of 2019 to attend Champions For Learning’s Rising Senior Workshops this summer.

As part of an ongoing goal to ensure all Collier County students are equipped and prepared for their future learning and career goals, Champions For Learning offers a variety of community-based college and career readiness resources.

These three Rising Senior Workshops are provided at no cost to students and families thanks to the generous support of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. Collier County rising seniors (Class of 2019) and their parents will receive information about the college access process, financial aid, and scholarship resources on local college campuses. (Florida SouthWestern State College, Lorenzo Walker Technical College, and Florida Gulf Coast University)

Each session will cover a different topic and include a campus tour and a presentation from that school’s admission/financial aid team. All workshops are 9am-12pm. Spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Pre-registration is required. To register for one or more of the workshops click here.

The workshops are listed below.

  • The Application Process
    • Date: Saturday, June 2nd
    • Location: Florida SouthWestern State College- Collier Campus
    • Capacity: 150
  • The Financial Aid Process
    • Date: Saturday, June 23rd
    • Location: Lorenzo Walker Technical College
    • Capacity: 150
  • Scholarships
    • Date: Saturday, July 21st
    • Location: Florida Gulf Coast University
    • Capacity: 150
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