Counselor Newsletter

FAFSA, Scholarship Opportunities, ACT Certified Educator, and More...

ACT Counselor Newsletter - October 2018

Upcoming Dates

  • October 14: October 27 ACT Test (Late Registration Deadline)
  • October 17: Ready for What? What Matters for College and Career Webinar
  • November 2: December 8 ACT Test (Registration Deadline)
  • November 13 and 14: College and Career Readiness Webinar

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FAFSA Opened October 1

The application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1. The FAFSA form helps students qualify for federal loans, federal grants, and federal work-study. Remember, FAFSA is first-come, first-served, free to fill out, and open to all students. Review our financial aid resources and encourage your seniors and their parents to download the Financial Aid eBook, which features simple explanations, checklists, and a cost comparison worksheet.

Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors

Do you have senior students who are making a positive impact in the community through efforts to advance college and career readiness?

A $500 non-renewable College and Career Readiness Student Champion Scholarship is available. Encourage your students to apply by October 31, 2018. Student Champions will be notified by January 31, 2019.

Register for a College and Career Readiness Workshop

Across the country, counselors and educators are learning how to support every student at every step on their journey toward college and career success. Register today to join them for one of our 2018 ACT College and Career Readiness Workshops (CCRW).

At the 2018 ACT CCRW you will:

  • Discover new resources for students and educators
  • Acquire valuable data interpretation strategies
  • Create a comprehensive assessment plan

“This is the best CCRW yet!”

-2018 Workshop Attendee, Alaska

Product Highlights

ACT® Certified Educator™

ACT Certified Educator is a new credentialing program designed to help educators and tutors enhance their teaching strategies and, ultimately, help students succeed.

Becoming an ACT Certified Educator is a simple, three-step process:

  1. Submit an application to ACT.
  2. Participate in an on-site training program.
  3. Successfully complete a post-training assessment related to the specific training program. 

Candidates can earn certificates in up to six subject areas (English, math, reading, science, writing, and ACT Basics), as well as practice teaching and tutoring methods.

ACT® Knowledge Hub

We are excited to share with you the ACT Knowledge Hub - your new home for ACT resources and support. Visit to explore new PreACT tools and resources to help you and your students. 

Helpful Tips to Share With Your Students


Help your students craft a stellar application essay

Application essays are an effective way for your students to communicate unique strengths to admissions officials. Some colleges will have specific prompts they want students to answer. Others will ask to just describe their story. Whatever it is, encourage your students to be themselves, speak in their voice, and don’t try to fit in a bunch of fancy words from the thesaurus.

Encourage your students to:

  1. Start early
  2. Create an outline
  3. Read some examples
  4. Address what’s NOT on your transcript
  5. The deeper you go, the better
  6. Have a few people review it

Lead them to this helpful Class of 2019 Newsletter.


Easily share this information with your seniors and their parents through this email communication and social media message:

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10 questions to ask your students when they’re choosing a major

Choosing a major is one of the first things your juniors should consider when preparing for college… yes, even before choosing the school to attend. Understanding strengths and identifying career goals should shape the path students take after graduation.

Ask your students these 10 questions:

  1. Does the major match your interests?
  2. Does this major prepare you for the career you want to have?
  3. What college courses would you typically take for the major?
  4. What will you learn?
  5. What degree types are available?
  6. What are the typical jobs available with your planned level of education?
  7. What specialties are within the major?
  8. What high school courses can help you prepare for the major?
  9. What type(s) of schools offer the major?
  10. What are some related majors?

Direct your juniors to the Class of 2020 Newsletter.


Help the class of 2020 explore majors and careers by sharing this email communication and posting this social media image: 

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Help your sophomores develop good classroom habits

Extracurricular activities can help improve discipline, determination, commitment, communication, and social connection—which are all skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond. Our advice? Encourage your students to take advantage of these opportunities. According to ACT research, involvement in high school activities is often associated with higher ACT Composite scores, regardless of a student’s GPA.

These activities can help your students:

  • Build leadership skills
  • Become a team player
  • Nurture their creativity
  • Expand their experiences
  • Enhance their abilitiesIdentify their strengths

Show your sophomores the Class of 2021 Newsletter


Send this email communication and post this social media image for your sophomores:

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Help your students make the most out of freshman year

Freshman year is all about exploration - a time for students to develop strong study habits, try new things, and build a solid foundation for the future. Encourage your students to download the Freshman Year eBook and use it as a guide to help them navigate ninth-grade and make the most out of their first year of high school.