Overview of College Now Services

High School Students & Families


Community-Based Programs

College Now partners with a number of community organizations – both corporate and non-profit – to bring its college access services to students outside of school hours. You can read more about and register for our programs below.

Interested in partnering with College Now to bring student-focused programming to your organization? College Now can tailor programs to fit your organization’s needs.

ACT & SAT Bootcamps

FREE ACT and SAT Prep Boot Camps

Spring 2023

Attention all high school students! College Now Greater Cleveland will be administering  ACT, PSAT, and SAT Prep Boot Camps!

Registration opens soon!

Bedford High School

April 11 – June 2 | 2:30 – 5:30 PM (ACT)

Euclid High School

April 3 – May 25 | 2:30 – 5:30 PM (ACT)

Garfield Heights High School

March 20 – May 19 | 2:30 – 5:30 PM (ACT)

Maple Heights High School

April 11 – May 30 | 3:00 – 6:00 PM (ACT)

Warrensville Heights Middle School

April 3 – May 26| 3:30 – 6:30 PM (PSAT)

Warrensville Heights High School

April 3 – May 24| 3:00 – 6:00 PM (ACT)

Lorain High School

March 20 – May 19| 2:30 – 5:30 PM (ACT)

Clearview High School

March 27 – May 26 | 2:45 – 5:45 PM (ACT)

Longfellow Middle School


March 20 – May 19| 3:30 – 6:30 PM (PSAT)

Cleveland Institute of Art

April 3 – May 26 | 3:00 – 6:00 PM (ACT)

Merrick House


April 17 – June 9| 3:10 – 6:10 PM (ACT)

City Life Center

April 17 – June 9 | 4:00 – 7:00 PM (ACT)

Boys and Girls Club


April 11 – June 2| 3:30 – 6:30 PM (SAT)

Martin Luther King Jr. High School

April 3 – May 26 | 3:00 – 6:00 PM (ACT)

Cleveland Foundation College Now Scholars

The Cleveland Foundation College Now Scholars program is an initiative, funded by The Cleveland Foundation, which seeks to match the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s highest-achieving students with their “best-fit” postsecondary option. An intrusive advising approach is employed, as a College Now advisor works with students one-on-one and in groups to determine a student’s academic, financial, social and environmental needs and find the higher education institutions that will meet those needs and set the students up for success on their campuses. Since beginning in 2011, the Cleveland Foundation College Now Scholars program has significantly increased not only the selectivity of schools students are enrolling in but also the amount of financial aid they are receiving to put toward their education.

Early Action for the Motivated Middle

The Early Action for the Motivated Middle Initiative, funded by KeyBank and the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, identifies CMSD students who are academically prepared for college (2.5 GPA and a 21-23 on the ACT) but are on the bubble in terms of the schools to which they would be accepted and the amount of financial aid they would receive. Participants receive hands-on ACT preparation designed to help them increase their scores and the amount of financial aid they will receive from colleges.


*impact! Is offering summer programming! To learn about our summer program, click here.

impact! is a program administered by College Now Greater Cleveland made possible with funds granted by the Ohio Department of Education through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The program is designed to enhance math & reading proficiency, improve students’ entrance exam scores and increase students’ college and career readiness. 

Students meet after school, Monday-Friday for eight weeks. They receive entrance exam training, “college knowledge” and go on college and career visits. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a $200 stipend and have the opportunity to have an internship with the program.

Rec Center Programming

Presented by The City of Cleveland and College Now Greater Cleveland, Rec Center Programming is designed to educate students about college and career possibilities through exploration activities including college tours, post-secondary workshops, career technical workshops, financial guidance, and FAFSA assistance.

Programming takes place over the course of 5 weeks, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm. Two sessions are available:

  • Session 1: December 1 – January 14 (No session Dec 21 – Jan 3)
  • Session 2: January 19 – February 18

If you have questions, please contact Deadra Carlgren via email at [email protected].

Note: Programming will be taking place online due to the coronavirus until further notice.

Transition to College

Calling all Class of 2021 Graduates! You’re invited to join College Now in our Transition 2 College Event!

College Now wants to celebrate you and all of the hard work you’ve put into college this far, so were hosting virtual events to provide information that may help you in your freshmen year of college. Those who attend will receive a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

To attend this event, you must be a graduate of CMSD.

Obtain Financial Aid

1500 West 3rd Street
Suite 125
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

First floor of the Post Office Plaza building


Monday-Friday 10a.m-5p.m and by appointment
Saturday by appointment

Virtual appointments available

Schedule a time to visit