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.

From SDASFAA: Ask a Financial Aid Professional

The 2020-2021 FAFSA went live on October 1st, and our offices are already working with students for the next academic year.
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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 next fall.

South Dakota included in report on challenges faced by rural students

South Dakota is among five priority states identified in a national report addressing the unique challenges faced by students in rural areas.

Enrollment declines at South Dakota public universities

Fall enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities is down 3 percent, according to the South Dakota Board of Regents.
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Two ways to qualify for South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship

Students who don't have the grades to qualify for the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship still have another way to qualify.

Four questions to answer before enrolling in study abroad

One of the great things about education after high school is all the opportunities for new experiences and challenges.

Why grades are important in college

It is rare that anyone wants to know my scores in college.
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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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November tasks for high school seniors

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

Dashboard provides data on students' education after high school

A Board of Regents online dashboard answers questions about where South Dakota high school students are attending college or postsecondary education in the state.

Schedule your fall financial aid night event

It is not too late to schedule your fall financial aid night event with Mapping Your Future!
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FAFSA webinar materials available

The 2020-21 FAFSA webinars have concluded and the webinar materials are now available.

Enhance your financial wellness with free webinars offered by MMI

To manage your personal finances successfully, you need an understanding of important financial tools and techniques.

A worksheet to prepare for the 2020-21 FAFSA

Knowing all the questions on an upcoming exam certainly helps you prepare and chances are you are going to do better.
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Taking this one step will make completing the FAFSA a lot easier

Completing the federal application for financial aid is a lot easier now than it was a few years ago, thanks to steps taken by the U.S. Department of Education.

The best week to apply for college - College Application Week

The college application process can be costly if you want to apply to more than one school or institution.

Understanding the types of financial aid

Financial aid is one of the tools that make higher education possible for many students.
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October tasks for high school seniors

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

Understanding Military Education Benefits webinar recording available

In the August 15th webinar, "Understanding Military Education Benefits - Three Perspectives," panelists provided information and insight on educational benefits for veterans.

Order printed brochures, flyers, bookmarks for students and parents

The Estimated Costs and Resources for College-Bound Native American Students flyers have been updated.

Boost your career opportunities through Career Launch SD

If you are between the ages of 16-24 with little to no work history and want to gain real world work experience, Career Launch SD may be able to help.
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Do these three things for a great school year

The 2019-20 school year is underway, and it is a time of excitement and anticipation.
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September tasks for high school seniors

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

Starting your senior year is an exciting time.

July tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you finalized your college choice.
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New South Dakota academic programs to develop workforce

Students can pursue some new career fields after the South Dakota Board of Regents approved new academic programs at their June meeting.

How one little habit can mean huge success in college

It only takes a few minutes a couple of times a day, but it can mean the difference between success and failure.
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Knowing the code is key to financial aid

Higher Education institutions all have names - sometimes a reflection of the institution's location or history.
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New academic programs to meet workforce needs

Students will have some new options when considering programs of study at South Dakota public higher education institutions.

Get access to your federal student aid info with your phone number

For students, parents, and borrowers, getting access to their accounts on the Department of Education websites may soon be as easy as remembering their own phone number.
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Spring cleaning your social media accounts

Spring is known for a good time to do some cleaning, and your social media accounts are no exception.

Scholarship application webinar materials, recordings available

To provide insight on completing scholarship applications, two webinars were recently held.
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Free text tips and reminders for your students and parents

Everyone is pretty busy these days - even high school students.

Deadline near for students seeking Critical Teaching Needs scholarship

South Dakota students interested in applying for the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Program have just over a month to get their application in for priority consideration.
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Countdown to high school graduation

If you are a high school senior getting ready to graduate, the countdown to graduation is exciting but it is a reminder that you have a lot to do in just a few short months.
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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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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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Apply for these South Dakota scholarships

South Dakota students can now apply for the Board of Regents Endowed Scholarships.
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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.

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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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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Guide to Life after High School reinforces discussions

Students can benefit from learning in a variety of formats.
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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.

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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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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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

Milbank High School Financial Aid Night

Monday, November 25 at 6:00 PM CST
Online Meeting
Host: Beth Ziehmer

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Faulkton High School Financial Aid Night

Tuesday, November 26 at 6:00 PM CST
Online Meeting
Host: Beth Ziehmer

More Info