Blue Water College Access Network

St. Clair County's College Resource | February 2023

College Knowledge for EVERYONE

Welcome to your resource for planning, preparing, and going to college after high school. Blue Water College Access Network is here to provide information and opportunities that will ensure you graduate confidently prepared, with plans for career and college beyond high school. Whether you choose to go on to earn a bachelor's degree, an associate degree, or an industry credential, we can help you get there!

Each month, we will publish a newsletter to keep you on track, informed, and engaged in college activities provided by organizations across the county. To subscribe to the newsletter, submit your email address using this form. Past editions of the newsletter can be found at Contact Nick Beaudry with any questions you might have at

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Your Future in Health Careers *RESCHEDULED*

Blue Water College Access Network is excited to be partnering with SC4 to host "Your Future in Health Careers" March 2 6 - 8 PM. The event will be held at SC4's Health Sciences Building.

This hands-on, interactive career exploration event is a great opportunity for 9 -12 grade students and families to explore career paths in the healthcare field, health sciences programs, and transfer pathways available at SC4. Groups will rotate through stations featuring hand-on activities specific to careers as well as an information panel featuring current SC4 students enrolled in various programs.



SAT Prep Workshops

Students can prepare for the SAT by participating in one or more hands-on workshops taught by engaging instructors who are on the forefront of the latest SAT format and content. Sessions are available in the test areas of Mathematics, Reading, and Writing and Language.

TARGET AUDIENCE: 11th and 12th grade students

DATES: March 4 and March 11


COST: FREE for St. Clair County member district students

LOCATION: St. Clair County RESA Administration Building 499 Range Road Marysville 48040

REGISTER ONLINE: There is no cost to attend these workshops, but registration is required.


Scholarships and Financial Aid Webinar Video

Did you miss the live Scholarships and Financial Aid Webinar last month? Catch up below and hear from representatives from St. Clair County Community College, the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, and MI Student Aid to learn more about financial aid, scholarships, and resources available to you.

Topics include:
• Local scholarships available at the Community Foundation
• Scholarships and financial aid services available at St. Clair County Community College
• The new Michigan Achievement Scholarship
• Why filing the FAFSA is a critical step in financing your education

Find all BWCAN webinar videos at

Scholarships & Financial Aid
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FAFSA is Open

2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Michigan Priority Deadline: May 1

The 2023-24 FASA opened Oct. 1. Incoming and returning students can apply. The application will remain open until June 30, 2024, but Michigan students should complete the FAFSA before May 1, 2023, to get priority consideration for state-based scholarship programs. Financial aid deadlines at postsecondary institutions may be even earlier. Submitting the FAFSA is free and there is no income limit; please encourage all students to apply as soon as possible!

Learn more and complete the FAFSA →

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Michigan Achievement Scholarship

High school students and their families/caregivers looking to secure more financial aid for college are encouraged to register for an informational webinar about the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, which is a new State of Michigan scholarship program expected to impact the majority of students in the Class of 2023 and beyond!

Participants will be able to gather the following information:

  • Michigan Achievement Scholarship eligibility requirements
  • Michigan Achievement Scholarship award amounts
  • Important action items for students and families
  • Additional resources and program information

All sessions are free of charge and open to the public. Please register for one session only, as space is limited.

Not able to attend one of the informational sessions? You can view a recording of the presentation.

The Michigan Department of Treasury is not affiliated with National Merit Scholarship Corporation or its registered trademarks National Achievement®, Achievement Scholarship®, or Achievement Scholar®.

Understanding Your Award Letter

Understanding Your Award Letter

Financial aid award letters can often times be difficult to understand. That is why MI Student Aid has developed the Understanding Your Award Letter web page!

High school students and their families/caregivers interested in learning more about this helpful resource are encouraged to register for an informational webinar provided by Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid team.

Participants will be able to:

  • Gain a better understanding of how to approach comparing multiple college financial aid award letters
  • Utilize online tools to help you make the best financial decision
  • Better understand the individual awards offered and applicable requirements of scholarships, grants, and Federal loan options
  • Identify additional scholarship search resources and easy to use budgeting tools
  • Submit general aid related questions via Q&A and receive real-time answers from Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid team

All sessions are free of charge and open to the public. Please register for one session only, as space is limited.

We look forward to your participation!

St. Clair County Association of School Boards Scholarship

St. Clair County Association of School Boards (SCCASB) is once again offering four (4) $1000 Scholarships to four (4) deserving high school seniors. These are competitive scholarships that will be awarded countywide. Any graduating senior student attending a high school or alternative high school in any of the seven local districts is eligible to apply.

Application and information memo

For more information contact Kris Murphy at 810.455-4035 or

How to College Crash Course Playlist: To College or Not To College?

Each month, we feature a video from the "How to College" series produced by the Study Hall Program, a partnership between Crash Course and Arizona State University. The Study Hall Program is in the process of publishing the 15-video series, and we will feature a video each month over 16 months.

In this month's video, Finding Your Place, in this episode, Erica goes through ways you can make sure you feel like you belong and have a place at college. Get a list of upcoming episodes for Fast Guides and How to College at

Because there's a lot of information to keep track of when you're applying to college, Crash Course made an easy spreadsheet to help you compare schools, keep track of application requirements, and set your goals! Copy this free template and make it your own:

To preview upcoming topics, check out the episode guide.

From the Study Hall Program:

Dr. Erica Brozovsky (from PBS's Otherwords) hosts and breaks down how to apply for, succeed at, and graduate from college. We hope you'll join us for this journey and check out our all new Study Hall Channel where you can watch Fast Guides about college majors and even more series. Get a list of upcoming episodes for Fast Guides and How to College at

Finding Your Place | How to College | Crash Course

Counselor Corner

Each month, counselors can find current college and career counseling information and professional learning opportunities in the Counselor Corner section of the BWCAN newsletter. A running compilation of opportunities can also be found on the Counselors page at

SC4 Resource for Counselors and Advisers

SC4 has a handy webpage for those guiding students' college and career planning. Check it out here:

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College Bound Michigan Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2022-23 cycle of College Bound Michigan, MCAN's suite of initiatives designed to build and support college-going cultures in high schools and their surrounding communities. This program helps school counselors, college advisers, and other educators create systems and practices that connect all students with the opportunity for formal education beyond high school, including postsecondary certificates and academic degrees.

CBMI brings together all of the statewide initiatives — Michigan College Month, College Cash Campaign, and College Decision Day — into one campaign to help bring Michigan closer to Sixty by 30. Click the register button below to learn more and sign up. Current CBMI sites, be sure to register to ensure you are included as a host site for next year! Registration will remain open through the fall, but signing up now ensures timely delivery of resources and takes something off your summer/fall to-do list.

Why should my school sign up?

As a CBMI Host Site, you will have access to:

  • Exclusive grant opportunities
  • Promotional materials
  • Student-facing, grab-and-go resources
  • Counselor/adviser-facing toolkits and implementation guides
  • Professional development opportunities



Contact Kiersten Nolan, MCAN’s strategy assistant for high school innovation, with any questions about CBMI eligibility or programming at 517-316-1713 or

Contact Nick Beaudry, Supervisor of Career and College Programs, St. Clair County RESA

Blue Water College Access Network

For more college-going information, resources, and events, visit the BWCAN website.