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Graduating Seniors: Get Started!

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Step 1: Meet with your advisor. College planning can be done during your regular advising appointment each semester, or email your advisor to schedule a separate appointment. Check CECP's Graduation page for important deadlines.


Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Colleges and most scholarship applications require that you submit a FAFSA. The Application for the 2019-2020 school year is open now!


         For one-on-one FAFSA help, schedule an appointment with Ms. Rodriguez in our Highlands Ranch Satellite Office. Appointments available through October 18.


Step 3: Order transcripts** and request letters of recommendation through Parchment. Create a Parchment Account here.

**If you are graduating with an associate degree and you have taken CSU Pueblo classes, make sure your CSU Pueblo transcript sent to ACC, CCA, or wherever you are completing your associate degree.


Step 4: Take the SAT and/or the ACT. CEC Parker offers the SAT for free in the spring. Many students take the SAT or ACT more than once to improve their scores. Additional tests come with a fee, but you can register to take them again through the College Board.






There’s help available in reaching your academic goals!


The scholarship search and application process are tailored to each student's academic and co-curricular interests and future post-graduate goals. The advising team is here to guide students through the financial aid and scholarship process. We want to help you reach your goals. Please contact your advisor if you have any questions!


Listed below are several resources to help students with the college decision and application process.



Colorado Community College System

In addition to providing high quality transferable liberal arts and academics courses, Colorado's Community Colleges excel at providing local workforce development, career education and a myriad of lifelong learning opportunities.


College In Colorado

Learn more about your college options in Colorado, scholarships and financial aid, and research career interests.        



When you need information about the school you're considering attending, tips and strategies for test prep, help with preparing your student loans, researching universities, or just want information on what college life is like, Peterson's is your final stop.      


The College Board            

College Board serves over 6,000 educational institutions through major programs and services in college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT® and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).           


GoCollege is one of the oldest and most trusted resources to guide students on how to finance and succeed in college. For easier navigation of the site, the materials are divided into four major categories that most students experience when getting into college.


NCAA Eligibility Center

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is an organization which governs Division I and Division II athletic programs. All interested student athletes must register with the Eligibility Center and become NCAA eligible before participating in collegiate athletics.




Before you start looking for scholarships using a scholarship search service, you may want to read this article by that reviews some of the search services.


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The University Network


Sallie Mae



Colorado College Opportunity Fund (COF)

The College Opportunity Fund (COF), created by the Colorado Legislature, provides a stipend to eligible undergraduate students. The stipend pays a portion of your total in-state tuition when you attend a Colorado public institution or a participating private institution. Students only need to apply for COF once, but they must authorize their COF funding every semester. This is usually done through the college enrollment process.


Download the file below for even more scholarship opportunities.

Current Scholarship Opportunities!

The Coolidge Scholarship

High school juniors take note. The 2019 Coolidge Scholarship is now open. The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that you may use at any accredited college or university in the United States. If you are a high school junior who will be enrolling in college in the fall of 2020, you are eligible to apply.


Deadline: 1/23/19 


The Colorado Council on High School/College Relations (CCHS/CR) Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship

Deadline: 02/1/2019

Summer Multicultural Engineering Training (SUMMET)

SUMMET is a two-week engineering, science and technology program designed for rising juniors and seniors who are from underrepresented populations
Deadline: 02/01/2019


For high school girls interested in STEM, the Girls Lead the Way Conference could be what you’re looking for.

 Deadline: 01/29/2019


Goodwill Mock Scholarship Interviews

If you are a senior who has applied for a scholarship requiring an interview, practice is your friend. On February 7, 2019, Goodwill will be providing FREE mock scholarship interview sessions. 


Grossman Scholarship

This scholarship is for Colorado high school students who have demonstrated a commitment to caring for the outdoors and intend to pursue a degree in a field related to natural resources or outdoor recreation at an accredited 2- or 4-year college in Colorado.
Deadline: 03/17/2019