Ms. Donna Valls, College Assistance Program Advisor and Graduation Coach 

Office Number 160

The College Assistance Program (CAP) is a college advisory program in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. CAP provides full-time service in every senior high school. The purpose of the CAP school advisory program is to guide students and their parents through the college admission and financial aid processes. CAP advisors in the schools help students find appropriate post-secondary institutions, apply for admission, and apply for financial aid and scholarships.

CAP is unique among help services, because advisors initiate the contacts with their students and then meet with them individually. Special events are sponsored by CAP, such as financial aid and scholarship workshops, College Forums which provides an opportunity for college freshmen to tell seniors about their first-year experience, and college/university presentations. For more information regarding college plans, scholarships, and financial aid, make an appointment via email.

Current Scholarships

  • Bank of America Student Leaders Program
    Every year, through our Student Leaders® program, we help connect community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service. Given your work with youth, we need your help spreading the word as the Student Leader® program application is now open through January 27, 2017.  
    Get Information Here


  • Employment Law Scholarship 
    Strianese PLLC law firm located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Is pleased to announce the 2016 Employment Law Scholarship. This scholarship is now available to any student who will be attending an accredited college or university by Spring 2017 and have plans of attending law school in the future or are currently attending law school.
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Award Amount: $1,000
    Application: The application can be found toward the bottom of the page at:

  • VIEW MORE SCHOLARSHIPS http://studentscholarships.php

  • AES Scholarship Deadline Is Approaching
    The deadline for the AES Scholarship is October 6, 2016. Visit our website at and please encourage your students to apply.  We wish them all good luck! The winner(s) will be announced within 2 weeks of the deadline.  Each winner will be personally notified by email.

  • K. Hunter Goff Bankruptcy/Consumer Rights Scholarship 
    My name is Taylor and I'm working with the Law Office of K. Hunter Goff in Orlando, Florida. I'm trying to get in touch with whoever manages the scholarship section of your website and wasn't sure who to ask. We're back for year 2 of the K. Hunter Goff Bankruptcy/Consumer Rights Scholarship, and I wanted your school's students to know about it. Details are below:
    Criteria: Applicant must be attending college by Fall 2017 and have at least a 3.0 GPA. They must be interested pursuing a law-related degree.
    Deadline: July 31, 2017
    Award Amount: $500
    Application: Only online applications will be accepted. The application can be found here:
    Last year's winner: Information on last years winner can be found here:

  • Florida International University Golden Scholars Bridge Program
    The Golden Scholars Bridge Program application will open on September 19, 2016 and the deadline to submit the application is January 31, 2017. If there are any interested students you feel are great candidates for the Golden Scholars Bridge Program and who meet our program criteria, please encourage them to apply as admission into the program is by invitation only. View Flyer for more information

  • Tuite Law DUI Accident Scholarship 
    This scholarship is now available to any full time college student or high school senior nationwide.Deadline: May 31, 2017 Award Amount: $750

  • 2017 HEAT Scholarships. This application is due on Saturday, January 28th, 2017.
    The Miami HEAT and BankUnited are offering five (5) HEAT Scholarships each valued at $5,000.00 available to high school seniors who excel in academics and community service: 
    1. Three (3) Miami HEAT Scholarships awarded. 
    2. One (1) Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship awarded. 
    3. One (1) Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship awarded.
    View Application

  • Courses

    UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, ALUMNI CENTER:  We will be holding Courses and a Boot Camp with University of Miami, Alumni Center.   


    BBT CENTER:       We also are hosting an exclusive SAT/ACT course partnered with the Florida Panthers at the BBT Center, where students can prep all day and then attend the Panthers game that night for free. Our Study Hard, Play Hard Course.    


    We typically see an increase of 200 points and up to 600 point increases for our courses.  I have attached a flyer and the link where they can register is  Please kindly email out to parents and/or post on your website. Thank you.



    Also, we will be giving out $15,000 in scholarships to attend our courses in Winter and Spring 2017.   We would love for your students to get these scholarships.   Students can apply for the scholarships at  Please kindly share with parents and students on free and reduced lunch.

College Application Fee Waiver Distribution 
Every senior who takes the SAT or SAT Subject Tests using a fee waiver will receive four college application fee waivers directly from the College Board. Eligible students can use them to apply to any of the over 2,000 participating colleges. 
How Students Access Their Fee Waivers Online. Eligible seniors will access their college application fee waivers via their College Board online accounts by visiting

Once students log in, they will see a message titled Apply to college for free with a link to where they can print their college application fee waivers, search for colleges that accept the waivers, and review submission instructions specific to each school. See illustrated guide to accessing the waivers, as well as a sample online form).  As a student, you can search for colleges that accept application fee waivers by visiting .
College Application Fee-Waiver Distribution

Because students who take the SAT using a fee waiver have already had their eligibility verified by their counselor, college application fee waivers do not require additional counselor approval. Here is how it will work for different populations of students:

  • Seniors who tested during previous academic years will receive their fee waivers online by July.

  • Seniors testing for the first time will receive their fee waivers at the same time they receive their SAT test scores — typically 19 days after the test date.

  • Juniors who test with an SAT fee waiver will receive fee waivers at the beginning of their senior year.

  • Students will be able to access their college application fee waivers up through one year after graduation from high school (note: fee waivers can only be used for first year college admissions and not transfer admissions)


Terms of Use
Student may use up to four college application fee waivers from the College Board.
Participating colleges have agreed to consider waiving their application fees. Colleges may have specific fee-waiver policies or criteria, and they retain the final decision on whether to waive the application fee. College application fee-waivers should not be used for applications to colleges that are not listed in the directory.

College application fee waivers are not intended for waiver of test fees for either the SAT or SAT Subject Tests

SAT & ACT Test Dates

College Application Checklist

College Search

Application Requirements

College Application Essay

Admissions Decisions: What Counts

Early Decision and Early Action

Why Community College?

Why Study in the United States?

Underclassman Checklist

Junior Checklist

Senior Checklist

Applying for Financial Aid​

Get a PIN: During the month of December seniors should apply for a U.S. Department of Education personal identification number (PIN) at The PIN will allow you to sign your FAFSA electronically and to correct your processed FAFSA information online. Don’t share the PIN with anyone! Also, your parents must apply for his or her own PIN. Financial Aid Form (FAFSA) will be available.

Gather the information required to apply: 
• Your social security number and your parents’ Social Security numbers
• Your driver’s license number, if you have one
• You and your parent’s Income Tax information from the previous year

Complete your application online at Complete and submit your application online after collecting all the necessary information. After you submit your application, make sure you receive a confirmation number. This number tells you your application has been successfully submitted. Keep this confirmation number for your records.

Follow up on your FAFSA: Your application will be processed and you will receive an e-mail with a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you do not provide an e-mail address, you will receive your SAR by mail. You should review your SAR for any necessary corrections or updates. If you don’t hear from FAFSA within three weeks of submitting your application, go to and select: “Check the Status of a Submitted FAFSA.”

Comparing financial aid offers (in Spanish)

Florida Bright Futures 
Starts December 1st

To apply for a Bright Futures Scholarship, submit a complete Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) during your last year in high school (after December 1 and prior to graduation). You may apply on-line at (select State Grants, Scholarships and Applications, then Apply Here). The application will give the Department of Education permission to evaluate your high school transcripts for eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship and will initiate your evaluation for other state scholarships and grants as well, such as the Florida Student Assistance GrantFlorida Resident Access Grant and Florida Work Experience Program. You must apply during your last year in high school, before graduation, or you will forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship. You must not be found guilty of, or plead no contest to, a felony charge.

You Need to Know…….
It is your responsibility to provide your correct name, address, and social security number and update any changes. Before you submit a Florida Financial Aid Application, you should report any changes to your guidance counselor. After your submission of an FFAA, please use the user ID and PIN numbers assigned to you in your State Student Financial Aid Database results letter to update your demographic information. Without the SSN, correct identification of an applicant’s record cannot be assured and may result in a delay in the disbursement of an award. The SSN is essential for matching test scores with student records and for matching your Bright Futures award with your college records.

Navigating Your Financial Future
an explanation of the Florida and Federal Financial Aid programs available to seniors.


Seeking Financial Aid
9-12th Grade Students and Parents: read the brochure entitled “Seeking Financial Aid” which is part of the State of Florida’s Navigating Your Financial Future series.


Trends in Higher Education
Students and Parents interested in the latest trends in college pricing and financial aid


Understanding College Costs

Additional Links for Test registration, preparation and Scholarship search:

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