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College Planning

Graduating Seniors: Get Started!

 

 

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.

 

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.        

 

Peterson's

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

GoCollege.com 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.

 


SCHOLARSHIPS

 

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

 

Here are some of the top-rated scholarship search engines:

 

FASTWEB

 

CAPPEX

 

UNIGO

 

BIGFUTURE

 

BROKESCHOLAR

 

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 Voice of Democracy competition provides high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to write and record an essay on a patriotic theme. State winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. and compete for a first place $30,000 scholarship.

 

Deadline: 10/31/18

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities.
 
Deadline: 11/29/2018

 

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

Deadline: 02/1/2019