College Planning

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The College and Career Center is located on the third floor of Boyle House in room B337. Here’s what’s happening in the CCC for 2016-2017:

Mondays – uAspire Financial Advising with Katelyn
Tuesdays – Career Place Job Search Help with Sarah
Wednesdays – Guidance Intern Ms. Kerner/Various College Rep. Visits
Thursdays – uAspire Financial Advising with Katelyn
Fridays – Various College Rep. Visits

All students are welcome to utilize the center to plan for life after graduation, whether they are thinking about attending a two year community college, a major four year university or a technical/trade institution.

The center has a large collection of school catalogs and view books, college search guides and SAT prep material. Guidance interns are available to assist students with their planning process:

  • College and major search
  • Applications/Common App
  • College essay
  • Resume
  • Financial Aid and scholarships
  • SAT and ACT registration

Stay posted on upcoming workshops and college visits!  It is never too early to start planning for your future!

College Planning Process

9th graders

  • Outline a four-year academic plan including graduation and college requirements
  • Learn about the differences between community colleges and four-year schools; public university systems versus private schools and for-profit schools
  • Students should get involved in extracurricular activities, athletics or as a volunteer in their local community
  • Participate in summer programs

10th graders

  • Students take PSAT in the fall semester
  • Students should start considering taking required courses for college admissions
  • Students should challenge themselves and start considering Honors and AP courses
  • Explore higher education opportunities and learn about interests

11th graders

  • Students take PSAT in the fall semester
  • Parents and students should start to visit college campuses
  • Students should start attending college representative visits and college fairs at school
  • Students should take the SAT/ACT in the spring or summer

12th graders

  • Start working on Senior Portfolio: personal essay, recommendation letters, resume, and post-secondary options list
  • Students should take the SAT/ACT in the fall semester
  • Visit college campuses and attend school admission rep visits at MHS
  • Prioritize application deadlines
  • Attend MEFA  (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) Night
  • Apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Review financial aid packages and select college of choice