Middle and High School Counselors

Resources for South Dakota School Counselors and Financial Aid Professionals

Welcome to Mapping Your Future. We provide information and tools to help you provide effective service to your students and families, especially as they explore higher education as a means to a better future.

Mapping Your Future offers:

  • Financial Aid Night event assistance - Mapping Your Future offers live, online experts that can attend your events via video conferencing technology. Contact us via email or call 1-800-374-4072 now to schedule your event.
  • Training - Sign up for one of our webinars.
  • Publications - Visit the Resource Center to order and download posters, brochures, bookmarks, and other resources to help you and your students.
  • Customer service via email or phone. You or your students can get the answers to your college planning and financial aid questions free by contacting Mapping Your Future via email or phone. Our email is feedback@mappingyourfuture.org and our toll-free number is 1-800-374-4072.
  • Subscribe to the South Dakota College Access News to keep informed about college access services in your state!

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South Dakota College Access News

The South Dakota College Access News provides information and resources for counselors, students, and parents on planning, paying and succeeding in college.

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Celebrating school counselors

It's not said often enough but school counselors are deserving of our thanks, and one step in showing that appreciation happens in February.

Helping students with scholarship applications webinar scheduled

The February 21 "7 strategies for helping your students make the most of scholarship applications" webinar is intended for college access and financial aid professionals and high school counselors and educators.
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Providing summer meals for students

The South Dakota Department of Education is seeking schools and other organizations to participate in a federally funded program that provides meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.

7 strategies for scholarship applications webinar for students/parents

This February 25 "7 strategies for making the most of scholarship applications" webinar is intended for high school and college students and parents.
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Jobs in South Dakota and in the United States

Software developer is one of the fastest growing jobs in South Dakota, according to research done by Yahoo Finance.
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Three steps to selecting a college major

Making any kind of decision is tough - whether we are deciding what to have for supper or deciding what we want to do for the rest of our lives.
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Taking credit for going to college

If you are a college student, there is more than one way to get credit for your studies.
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Four things successful college students do in high school

Success in life is often the result of good habits.
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In-person vs. online - deciding what's best

Online classes are part of almost every student's college experience today.
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March tasks for high school seniors

As your senior year winds down, make sure to complete the necessary admission applications, scholarship essays, and financial aid information.

Three ways to avoid missing scholarship deadlines

If you don't meet the deadline, you won't qualify.
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Schedule a College planning event for juniors

College planning events are a great way to encourage juniors to prepare for their senior year and to be ready to complete the FAFSA in the fall.

The top reasons why students don't apply for financial aid

Students don't apply for financial aid because they think they won't need it to pay for college or they think they won't qualify.
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Apply for these South Dakota scholarships

South Dakota students can now apply for the Board of Regents Endowed Scholarships.
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Four tips to avoid missing scholarship deadlines

If you don't meet the deadline, you won't qualify.

The most important trait of successful students

College is a time you can do what you want when you want.
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Where do I start applying for financial aid?

If you are a high school senior or the parent of a senior, the next few months can be crucial to applying for financial aid, such as scholarships, grants, and loans.
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February tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice.

South Dakota Report Card for Education indicates progress for schools

More than two-thirds of South Dakota high school graduates pursue postsecondary education, and the majority of those students choose to stay in the state for their education beyond high school.
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Enhance your financial wellness with free webinars

Mapping Your Future is offering free webinars to anyone interested in learning more about identity theft, financial resolutions, couples and money, and managing student loan debt.
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Five facts everyone should know about parent student loans

It may be hard to believe, but parents do have a huge influence on the lives of their children.
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Key differences between different job opportunities

Add some on-the-job experience to your education and you are positioning yourself for a successful career.
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January tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice.
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Free text tips and reminders for your students and parents

Everyone is pretty busy these days - even high school students.
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Guide to Life after High School reinforces discussions

Students can benefit from learning in a variety of formats.
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Five questions to ask yourself before choosing a college

When I graduated from high school, I wanted to go to college.
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South Dakota students ready for future success

South Dakota students are scoring better on their ACT exam than students nationwide, and those same students have a high interest in pursuing postsecondary education.
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Future state legislative leaders needed

The November 12 application deadline is approaching for state legislative page program.
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Every college student needs this important skill

It is probably one of the most important skills needed for college.
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December tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice.

Featuring South Dakota high schools

Mapping Your Future is glad to partner with SDEAF to provide early awareness tools and services to South Dakota high schools, students, and families.
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New academic programs to prepare for the future

It may be hard to predict the future, but South Dakota colleges and universities are helping you prepare for it by offering new academic programs.
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Priority deadlines for South Dakota colleges

Colleges can have priority deadlines for the FAFSA to help determine who to consider for certain financial aid programs.

Understanding the types of financial aid

Financial aid is one of the tools that make higher education possible for many students.

What is the SAR, why you need to carefully review it

After you complete the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report.

Order printed brochures, flyers, bookmarks for students and parents

The Estimated Costs for South Dakota Colleges and Technical Schools flyer was updated September 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year.
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November tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice.
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October tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice.
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September tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice.
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High school students: Protect your identity

As a high school student, you probably already conduct a lot of your daily life online.
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Do these three things for a great school year

The 2018-2019 school year is underway, and it is a time of excitement and anticipation.
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Moving forward with a mobile FAFSA

The Department of Education recently released a mobile friendly version of the FAFSA and announced plans for a new app to be released later this summer.

One thing you must understand before entering higher education

After all the applications, essays, reference letters, and forms, you are finally ready to enter higher education and prepare for your future career.
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Text tips and reminders bookmark available

Mapping Your Future has implemented a new texting service for South Dakota high school students, parents, and counselors.
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Facts about work-study your financial aid counselor wants you to know

Despite the name, work-study doesn’t mean that your school or college will pay you to study.

The ABCs of being a good student

The ABCs aren't just for younger students.
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It's a great time to be a high school junior

If you are a high school junior, you probably have some college or career dreams for life after high school.
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To be or not to be a resident of the dorms

As a college student, you face many decisions that can affect the rest of your life.
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Packing list for college bound students

Packing for college is an exciting time, but it can be challenging to know what to pack, and easy to forget something important.
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Choosing the right way to pay for college

Not all college funding sources are created equal.
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Reviewing your Student Aid Report

If you completed the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report.
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Verification of your financial aid application

You've completed all the paperwork, filled out the forms, and submitted everything by the deadline to apply for financial aid.
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U.S. Presidential Scholars Program candidates in South Dakota

Congratulations to the sixty-five South Dakota high school students who are among the list of candidates for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which honors some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.
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Apply now for the Build Dakota Scholarship

If you plan to attend one of South Dakota’s technical institutes next fall and pursue a degree in an area designated as high need, you could have your education paid for through the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund.
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Using South Dakota website resources

The SouthDakota.MappingYourFuture.org website is designed to provide college planning information for South Dakota students and parents, as well as resources and information for South Dakota high school counselors and educators.
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Tips for getting "free" money for college

Scholarships are sometimes called "free money" for college.
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Being a responsible student (and responsible financial aid recipient)

When you get help to pay for college, it is time to celebrate.
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5 questions to ask yourself before choosing a major

One thing about the future is for certain – you don't want to look back over your life and have regret about the career decisions you've made.
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Don't forget this important document when applying for financial aid

If you will be completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the first time soon, there are few things you should know about providing income information.
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FSA ID webinar recordings available

The Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID is an important part of applying for federal student aid programs, but the setup process sometimes causes confusion.
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Guide to Life after High School

Students can benefit from learning in a variety of formats.
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Dakota Corp Scholarship Program

The Dakota Corps Scholarship Program was created to encourage South Dakota’s high school graduates to: Obtain their postsecondary education in South Dakota Remain in the state upon completion of their education Contribute to the state of South Dakota and its citizens by working in a critical need occupation

 Events for Counselors

7 strategies to help students with scholarships

Thursday, February 21 at 1:00 PM CST
Online Meeting
Host: Beth Ziehmer

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Huron High School Financial Aid Night

Monday, September 9 at 6:00 PM CST
Online Meeting
Host: Beth Ziehmer

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Custer High School Financial Aid Night

Monday, September 16 at 6:00 PM CST
Online Meeting
Host: Beth Ziehmer

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