Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Franklin High School

Home of the Quakers

5405 SE Woodward | Portland, OR 97206
Phone: (503) 916-5140 | Fax: (503) 916-2694

Welcome to Franklin's College and Career Center!

The College and Career Center (in room 108) supports students as they pursue their post-high school goals. The career coordinator, counselors, teachers, and SUN staff work together to meet the varied needs of our student body.

Students can receive assistance with:
  • College searches
  • Meeting with college admissions staff
  • Accessing financial aid and scholarship information
  • Field trips to diverse work environments
  • Internships and employment opportunities
The CCC welcomes volunteers! Contact Raquel Laiz at 503-916-5140, x 73515. (All volunteers receive training before working with students.)

College Search and Application


Countless websites and books, phone applications, and highly paid consultants provide students with a wealth of information. Considering all these resources can feel overwhelming. We suggest keeping it simple.
  • Do a few college searches through Naviance and the websites listed below.
  • Consider variables that are important to you (examples: cost, location, size, focus, gender mix, social climate of school, diversity of student body geographically, racially, economically).
  • Devote some time to reading (as opposed to skimming) websites. Most have multiple pages of valuable information.
  • Read a couple college guidebooks. The FISKE Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review are two.
  • Attend an informational session in the CCC.
  • Create a list of up to 15 schools for your first cut. Your list should include:
         * a few "reach" schools--ones that may not admit you based on your SAT/ACT scores
           and GPA
         * a larger number of schools that are likely to admit you
         * a few "safety" schools you know will admit you
  • Visit some local/regional colleges to compare size and campus culture. Visit the schools that interest you most, if possible.
  • Narrow your list to ten or less schools by the fall of your senior year.
  • Talk with other students and parents who have been through the process. They can give you tips!
  • Check out the lists of other helpful resources listed below.
  • Contact us with any remaining questions.
Financial Aid

Financial aid is divided into two categories: loans and grants.
  • Loans need to be repaid after graduating from college.
  • Grants do not need to be repaid and are given by colleges and other organizations.
  • Use the net price calculator on college websites to estimate your costs.
What is the FAFSA?

FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Used by schools to determine your eligibility for loans and grants
  • Allows you to determine your eligibility for loans and grants based on your parents' income.
  • Requires a PIN, which you should get in the fall of your senior year.
  • Use the FAFSA forecaster for an early estimate of eligibility for federal aid as well as some state need-based grants. (Click "continue" after you follow this link.)
Scholarships
  • Are grants, so they do not need to be repaid.
  • Usually awarded on the basis of
       * financial need
       * merit (academic achievement)
       * extracurricular activity (leadership and community service)
  • Award "packages" usually include loans that need to be repaid
  • Individual colleges offer the the most scholarships, so make sure to research the schools that interest you to find those opportunities
  • Other potential scholarship sources include:
       * parents' employers, colleges and high schools
       * religious institutions with which you are affiliated
       * organizations with which you are involved (robotics, clubs, sports, etc.)
  • Check out OSAC (Oregon Student Access Commission) for over 400 scholarships
       * Available to specific high schools, counties, employer and membership organizations
       * Often considers academic and career interests
       * Requires an application and several personal essays
       * Students notified in May or at our senior assembly in early June

Standardized Testing

Taking standardized tests is an important part of planning for college. Use the resources listed below to learn what you need to know.

Helpful Resources for SAT/ACT:

What do I Need to Know About Standardized Testing?

Registration for the SAT
Registration for the ACT

SAT/ACT Prep Resources
SAT Practice
SAT Question of the Day
ACT Practice
ACT Question of the Day
What is the Difference?  (ACT vs. SAT)

Naviance

Naviance is a college and career readiness software program designed to connect academic achievement to post-high school goals and facilitate college and career planning such as:

  • running college searches
  • tracking college search information
  • saving colleges of interest
  • receiving notification when your colleges of interest visit Franklin
  • looking for scholarships
  • requesting transcripts
  • obtaining the documents needed to request letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors

All students can access Naviance with their passwords. (Parents can sign in as guests, using the password "goquakers.")