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Talani Nelson 
College & Career Specialist
School Counselor
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Hi My name is Ms. Nelson and I am your College & Career Specialist at CCHS. My role is to support the Student Services team and assist students with their post-secondary plans.

 College & Career Center

The CCC will open in September for students to visit during A and B Lunch as well as after school until 2:40 PM. 

Location: 1-106 (across from the cafeteria and at the back of the administration building).


CCC Inquiry Form

Please complete this form if you have a question relating to your post-secondary goals or you are requesting an application/test fee waiver.

·         College Admissions

·         Scholarships

·         Financial Aid

·         Career Planning

·         College Application Essays

·         Fee Waivers (ACT, SAT, College Applications)


CCC-Ms. Nelson Appointment Request

If you would like to schedule a meeting with me, please submit the appointment request form. After you submit the form, you will receive an email with your meeting date/time.


Upcoming Opportunities

Upcoming opportunities are posted in the Student Body-CCC-Upcoming Opportunities Canvas Page.  The Upcoming Opportunities canvas page will be updated with new opportunities throughout the school year such as college visits, college programs and fly-ins, webinars, and more! Check this site regularly!


Scholarship Listings

Scholarship listings can be found in the Student Body-CCC-Scholarship Listings Canvas Page. 

The Scholarship Listings canvas page will be updated with new scholarships throughout the school year! Check this site regularly!


Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid is money to help pay for college or career school.  There are four main ways to look for money to help pay for your post-secondary education: Federal Aid, State Aid, Institutional Aid (from the college or career school), and Scholarships.

Federal Aid

Submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the only way to get federal aid, including the Pell grants, work-study programs, and federal student loans.  You also often need to file the FAFSA to qualify for state and institutional aid, such as scholarships.

The FAFSA is a free application and only takes about 30 minutes to complete!

Each year, the FAFSA opens October 1st for seniors to complete at:

  • All seniors are to complete the 2022-2023 application if they are attending a university, college, technical college, or enlisting in the military. 
    • If you are planning on starting in the summer you will also complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA application
  • All seniors need to complete the FAFSA during the fall of their senior year.
  • Some colleges have priority FAFSA deadlines-Submit your FAFSA in October to try and earn the most money possible for college!
  • Many colleges will not consider you for merit aid unless you complete the FAFSA! Apply even if you don’t think you will qualify!
  • Visit the Student Body-CCC-FAFSA Resources for more information!

State Aid

The FFAA (Florida Financial Aid Application) is a free application that could help seniors qualify for state grants and scholarships and also includes the Bright Futures Scholarship.

Institutional Aid

Institutional aid, unlike federal or state aid, is money from your college or university.  It is often available to incoming students (seniors) as well as current students at the college. 

The first step to applying for institutional aid is completing the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Many colleges and universities use this form to determine what need-based aid, grants, loans, or scholarships they may offer a student. 

Students will also want to check if your college/university needs other forms, such as the CSS Profile.

Check the financial aid websites of the colleges/universities you are applying to for information regarding priority deadlines and additional scholarship applications. 

For example:

UCF Financial Aid Website: 

Valencia Financial Aid Website: 


All grade levels can search and apply for scholarships! Check out the following scholarship databases to start searching and applying for scholarships!


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·         Scholar Snapp

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o    Once you find a scholarship listed for your college-check the college's financial aid website for more information.


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§  Religion

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·         Maldef Scholarship Guide

o    The MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators with an extensive list of scholarships, including many that do not inquire about immigration status.

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·         2021 Undergraduate Scholarships that don't require proof of U.S. Citizenship or legal permanent residency

o    Click the link to view the National Database for Scholarships for undocumented individuals.