College and Career Planning

Graduating Seniors: Get Started!

 comic strip: student in cap in gown, "Does my brain look big in this?" Friend: "Absolutely"


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 15.


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 and career 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.




Big Future by the College Board

National Center for Education Statistics

Trade Schools, Colleges and Universities

National Center for Education Statistics

College Confidential

Colorado Community College System

College in Colorado



The College Board   




NCAA Eligibility Center for College Sports 




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.

FAFSA 4Caster

FAFSA YouTube Channel

FastWeb Scholarship Search


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)










The University Network


Colorado College Opportunity Fund (COF)



Occupational Outlook Handbook


My Colorado Journey

Current Scholarship and other Opportunities!

June 15, 2020
Denver Foundation: Excelsior Scholarship-College Students
Excelsior Scholarship-High School Students
Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship Program for Foster Care and Emancipating Youth 

December 15, 2020
Dirk Derrick Car and Accident Injury Scholarship

This scholarship is for graduating seniors who are planning to enroll in an on-line accredited degree program in the fall.  Click here for more information. Deadline 7/31/2020

Seniors and Juniors, watch this short video on how you can earn a $40,000 Scholarship through the College  Board.