Welcome to Franklin's College and Career Center!
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
College Search and Application
- 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
* 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 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.
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.)
- 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
College Preparation Resources
Oregon University System
Portland Community College
Mt. Hood Community College
Western Undergraduate Exchange (network of colleges with tuition exchange)
The Common Application
Overview and Highlights of Regional Colleges
Franklin High School Profile
Senior College Handbook
US News and World Reports (college rankings)
Super College (tips about the college search process)
The Choice--NY Times college-related blog
College visits to Franklin (Scroll down the page to the Google calendar.)
Questions to Ask Admissions Representatives
So You Want to Play College Sports?
2013/2014 NCAA Guide for the Student Athlete
High School Senior Checklist
High School Junior Checklist
High School Sophomore Checklist
High School Freshman Checklist
National/regional/local scholarships by interest area:
Latino Hispanic scholarships
Asian-Pacific Islander scholarships
American Indian scholarships
Community service scholarships
Art competition scholarships
Area of study-based scholarships:
STEM scholarships (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
Writing and essay scholarships
Politics and government scholarships
Helpful Resources for SAT/ACT:
What do I Need to Know About Standardized Testing?
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