College Planning Resources

College Planning


Link Name

Description

Big Future

This website offers parents a brief introduction to the college planning program BigFuture.

Creating a College Plan

This pdf provides an overview of the five simple steps of creating a college plan.

Step-by-Step Planning Guide

This pdf offers parents a brief introduction to the college planning program BigFuture.

5 Ways ED Pays Flyer

Link to a student flyer that outlines the five powerful ways a college degree can transform your life.

5 Ways Ed Pays Brochure

Link to a brochure that provides a comprehensive overview of the five powerful ways a college degree can transform your life.

Example of Academic Portfolio

This pdf provides an example of an academic portfolio. Students should also check the SHS Program of Studies and speak with their guidance counselor to assure a college ready portfolio.

ACT

This link provides college planning and financial aid information for students and parents.

College Planning Calendars


Grade

Description

Grade 9-10

link to a pdf of an age appropriate college planning calendar

Grade 11

link to a pdf of an age appropriate college planning calendar

Grade 12

link to a pdf of an age appropriate college planning calendar

Career Exploration


Link

Description

MassCIS

Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS) free on-line to all Massachusetts residents. MassCIS is designed to provide occupational and educational information to help people make better-informed career and school choices.

Financial Aid


Link

Description

FAFSA

This is the student and parent link for submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) required by colleges and universities.

MEFA

This financial aid link for the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority helps students and parents plan for college financing, identify resources, and apply for loans.

Fastweb

This is a search site that matches students and scholarships.

College Testing


Link

Description

SAT

This is the link for all SAT related information: practice, registration for tests, sending scores to colleges.

ACT

This is the link for all ACT related information: practice, registration for tests, sending scores to colleges.

College Resources


Link

Description

College Week Live

This links students to online virtual college booths and provides interactive chat for questions and answers.

NCAA

This link connects student athletes with the National Collegiate Athletic Association Clearinghouse Eligibility Center which requires students to register if they plan on playing pision I, II, III sports in college.

MA Dept. of Higher Education

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education provides information on the state colleges and universities admission standards and transfer opportunities. Through the Office of Student Financial Aid Assistance, students may research and review financial aid programs, including scholarships, grants, and waivers.

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