Post High School Planning
- Pay special attention to all deadline dates. This includes the application, SAT and SAT Subject Tests.
- You must request to have all your SAT and SAT subject test scores, sent by The College Board, directly to each college which you submit an application.
DATES TO REMEMBER
|COLLEGE DEADLINE||SCHOOL COUNSELING DEADLINE|
|October 15, 2018||October 1, 2018|
|November 1, 2018||October 15, 2018|
|November 15, 2018||November 1, 2018|
|December 1, 2018||November 15, 2018|
|December 15, 2018||November 30, 2018|
|January 1, 2019||December 3, 2018|
|January 15, 2019||January 2, 2019|
|February 1, 2019||January 15, 2019|
|February 15, 2019||February 1, 2019|
If you would like your applications to go out before the holiday recess, they must be in School Counseling Office by December 3rd.
- Do not delay in obtaining the application.
- Common Application - most colleges utilize the Common Application
- If a school does not use the Common Application, the admissions application can be found on each individual school's website.
- Request letters of recommendation from teachers (no more than 2 ).
- Do not delay in filling out the application.
- Check the deadline date of each application. Determine your admission plan for each college (i.e. Early Decision, Early Action, etc.).
- Submit transcript request forms to the School Counseling secretary/counselor.
- Check it carefully and be sure all deadlines are filled in accurately. Only completed transcript request forms will be accepted.
- Allow 15 calendar days for processing after you turn in the completed transcript request to your school counseling secretary/counselor.
The school counseling department will send the student’s transcript, letters of recommendation,
school profile and any additional supporting documents needed directly to the college.
Financial aid can come from federal, state, school, and private sources to help you pay for college or career school.
Apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. And remember, the first F in “FAFSA” stands for “free”—you shouldn’t pay to fill out the FAFSA form!
Financial Aid Resources
Funds are available to support a student's post high school pursuits. Local, regional, and national organizations offer awards to students based on merit and/or need. Scholarship application requirements vary.
View our list of available scholarships.
For additional details, including deadline dates and award amounts, please visit Naviance.
At one time or another, nearly all students pursuing college admission will need to take at least one of the national assessments available: the SAT, one or more SAT Subject tests, and/or an ACT Test. It is important to begin planning a test-taking schedule as early as possible (even as early as sophomore year) in order to make sure there will be adequate time to take the tests needed. See our calendar for available test dates and registration deadlines.
There are some colleges that accept self-reported SAT and ACT scores from students during the application process and only require official reports when a student actually enrolls. Learn more and see a list of colleges that accept self-reported scores.
The ASVAB is a free career planning program/exam designed for students in grades 10-12. Participation is voluntary. This test allows students to explore personal potential and the world of work. This test can support a post-secondary plan that aligns with an individual's skills and interests. See our calendar for available test dates.
When you enroll at a community college, you may choose to earn an associate’s degree and transfer to a four-year institution, or you may choose a career program designed to prepare you for a job when you graduate. Counselors will assist you to choose the one that will address your interests.
Learn more about Connecticut Community Colleges and the state college/university system.
Some students and their parents want to explore organized opportunities for personal growth and experience during an interim semester or year, some exciting and valuable programs include:
- Internships in community, social service
- Leadership training, outdoor education
- Post-graduate year (PG) at preparatory school
- Structured travel/education