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College & Career Planning

Colorado Career Cluster Models

Upcoming Events & Dates

Practice SAT

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • 8:00 a.m., FCHS Commons
  • Fee:  $20
  • Sign-up with the bookkeeper, Lindsay Terrel, 970-488-8019
  • Non-FCHS students may sign-up

College Funding Coach

  • Mark DeBord will present to parents and students about ways to help fund college.
  • Date TBD (January or February 2018)
  • McNeil Auditorium
  • Time:  TBD

College Recruiter Visits

College recruiters typically visit our campus during the Fall.  These reps are not just salesmen, they are the admissions counselors who will be the first to read your students’ applications.  Meeting with them is like having a personal interview with the college.  Visits will be held in the College & Career Center in Student Services.

Students may be excused from class to meet with the representatives, but should check with their teachers first.  No visits are scheduled at this time.

At FCHS, we begin post-graduate planning with Freshman students using Career Cruising to start working on their after high school "game plan". Our planning guides help students and parents in outlining the post-graduate planning process.

Senior Class Information

Senior Meeting Information

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, FCHS Large Gym, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Senior Class Photo will be taken at the end of the meeting.

  • Senior Survey
  • Cap & Gown Information
  • Scholarship Breakfast Information
  • Scholarship Breakfast RSVP 
  • Transcript Order Form
  • Graduation Yard Sign Order Form

More Post-Secondary Information

Gap Year Information

College Search

Career Exploration

Financial Aide

Post-Secondary Information

Juniors, Sophomores & Freshman

  • Junior Planning Guide
  • Freshman & Sophomore Planning Guide
  • Keeping Your Options Open - Post-secondary planning for the Freshman and Sophomore
  • College Planning for the Freshman and Sophomore - Presentation from PSD Postsecondary Planning Night

Test Prep Links

  • Khan Academy
    • Personalized practice, anytime, anywhere - for FREE
    • 6 official full-length practice tests, plus study and test-taking tips
    • A tailored practice plan - PSAT/NMSQT results will be imported to pinpoint your areas for practice
    • Interactive practice - thousands of practice questions, video, lessons, and hints
    • Instant feedback - Get constant feedback and progress so you know where you stand
  • Albert.IO
    • See your Language Arts teacher for more information
    • Learn by doing - No video lectures or dry articles.  Jump into interactive exercises and learn faster with custom feedback
    • Advanced analytics - Gain insight into how you are improving, strong and weak areas, and how you stack up against peers
    • Screen cast walkthroughs - For tougher exercises, we provide video explanations to supplement the text for enhanced visualization
    • In-depth solutions - We prioritize teaching you the right way to think about the underlying concepts, rather than right or wrong
    • Academic rigor - Content is developed in-house with hand picked, full-time educators to foster a deep level of understanding
    • Learn your way - Follow our guided curriculum mode or create your own tag combinations - the power is in your hands
  • March 2 Success
    • This is a free test prep site.  It does not use demographic information from students and has been preapproved  by PSD.
    • March to Success provides cutting-edge assessment software and world-class education content in an easy-to-use, self-paced format to accelerate your learning curve for state assessment testing, SAT and ACT practice and preparation.  This content was developed by two top e-learning companies:  Peterson's, a Nelnet company, and Educational Options.

Testing

College Admission Testing

SAT Testing Information

FCHS School Code:  060590

Students may visit the My College Quickstart* to access PSAT resources.  My Online Score Report provides score reports and results as well as projected SAT scores.  Also available is an SAT Study Plan, a personality profiler designed to help students discover careers and majors, a college match finder, further career recourses, and Advanced Placement tools.

The SAT Reasoning Test is another college entrance examination. Most schools will accept either the ACT or the SAT but it is important that students check with specific colleges and their admissions requirements. The SAT test consists of three sections: critical reading, math and writing. The College Board* can provide further information about registration for the exam as well information on the SAT Subject Tests. The SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800 for all three sections. The College Board sets the average for all test takers at around 500. The SAT Preparation Center can serve as a resource for students while studying for this test. 

SAT 2017-2018 Test Dates

Please see the SAT website for more details and fees.

In 2018, there will no longer be a January test date.  This date is instead being replaced by an earlier August test date (starting in 2017) which will only be available in the U.S.  Additionally, from the 2017-18 testing year onward, the international November and June test dates will offer only SAT Subject Tests.

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration* Online Score Release
August 26, 2017 July 28, 2017 August 15, 2017 Mid September 2017
October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017 October 20-26, 2017
November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 25, 2017 November 17-23, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017 December 15-21, 2017
March 10, 2018** February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018 March 23-29, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018 May 18-24, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018 July 11, 2018

How to Register for the SAT Online

* The late registration deadline is one week earlier if you are registering by mail.

** Regular SAT only

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College Applications

The Common Application

The Common Application* is a not-for-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an admission application – online and in print – that students may submit to any of their 456 members. There is also a common application for students applying to the University of California system where they can fill out one application for all nine campuses.

Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation

  • Many colleges and scholarships will require a letter of recommendation as a part of the application. Students should ask two or three individuals to complete these letters of recommendation for them and upload them to Naviance. Individuals who write letters of recommendation can be teachers, coaches, employers or other individuals who know you well and can speak to your ability to succeed. Students should complete an Academic Profile and complete a resume (either hardcopy or in Naviance) to give to the person making the recommendation.

Student Instructions for FCHS Letters of Recommendation.pdf

Writing Your College Essay

  • Many applications will also require a college essay or written response to a prompt. School counselors and English teachers can be a great resource for assistance with the college admissions essay or students can reference these essay writing tips.
  • Deadlines for college admission vary, but, FCHS students are highly encouraged to apply by the end of November in the fall of their senior year.

NCAA Clearinghouse

If you are planning on playing a sport at a Division I or Division II school, there are certain guidelines you will need to follow as set forth by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Additional information about college athletics is available from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Profiles of schools and contacts for coaches are available here along with a geographic search tool.

Please reference this NCAA Clearinghouse Checklist: NCAA Quick Reference Sheet

Register on the NCAA website*

  • Click on Prospective Student Athletes
  • Click on US Residents Register Here
    • FCHS SchoolCode:  060590
    • Fill out information and pay $50 fee    
    • Print out transcript release forms, sign, and bring to counselor               

After your register with the NCAA it will be important to set up a time to meet with your counselor to go over an NCAA worksheet to make sure you are meeting requirements for eligibility. Students must take the ACT* or SAT* as the State ACT taken at FCHS does count for NCAA Requirements. Your test scores need to be sent directly to the NCAA Clearinghouse whose code is 9999. The test scores that are listed on your official transcript are not accepted by the NCAA. Monitor your progress by checking the website and talking to your counselor about any questions you may have.                

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College Financial Aid

FAFSA

FRCC FAFSA Fun Day Flyer - Novermber 12, 2017, 1 to 3 p.m.

January 1st is the first day students can start completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2015-16 school year.  We recommend ALL students apply for financial aid even if you haven't heard back from the colleges you have applied to. Everyone can qualify for some type of financial aid  which includes student loans and work studies. 

Before completing your FAFSA which is a FREE application (DO NOT PAY FOR THIS APPLICATION), students AND their parents/guardians will need to apply for their PIN numbers so that each can sign their electronic forms.  Using the electronic application for FAFSA is the preferred and quickest way to apply.

The due dates to complete your FAFSA is different at each college, please check with your college for the application due date.  If the date is prior to when your family will have completed their taxes, then most colleges suggest that you file your FAFSA using estimated data from your prior year taxes ( and would like this competed prior to the individual college due dates for Financial Aid).  

If you would like help completing your FAFSA or have questions, plan to attend the annual College Goal Sunday on Sunday, February 21st at Front Range Community College 1:00-3:00PM (You will want to bring income tax information with you). You can also find help on the FAFSA webpage, talk to your counselor or contact the school to which you are seeking admission for additional support.

  • Don't forget to check Naviance Family Connection, the FCHS website and the Career Center for scholarships.
  • Remember, FAFSA is a FREE APPLICATION and we recommend ALL seniors complete the application regardless of income level.

There are many resources available for students when it comes to managing the cost of post-secondary education. Managing College Cost* provides video seminars, articles and links to help with the process of applying for financial aid. Financial assistance is offered in several types from the federal government, state government, private sources and from colleges and universities themselves.

College Opportunity Fund (COF)

The State of Colorado is Investing in Your Education

  • Are you planning on attending a private or public college in the state of Colorado?  Here is your opportunity to receive this stae benefit if you attend a participating college and meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Current Stipend Amount
    • Public College $75 per credit hour
    • Private College $38 per credit hour

The types of financial aid that are available are:

Scholarships and grants are gifts of money that can be awarded based on financial need, for academic excellence or special achievements. Naviance is a great tool for researching scholarships.

How to ACE College and Scholarship Applications*

Scholarship Search Tool*

Loans are typically a significant part of the financial aid that is awarded. Loans must be repaid though often they do not have to be repaid until after a student has graduated or is no longer in school.

Work Study positions might also be available for students. These are part-time jobs that are on campus.

Go College* is a comprehensive website providing an assortment of tools for college bound students including a student budget analyzer*, college comparison calculator* and cost of college calculation tools*. Saving for College* and SallieMae both offer comprehensive information regarding 529 Educational Saving Plans and loans.

All students should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) beginning on January 1st of the student's senior year. Students can apply for a FAFSA Pin Number prior to this date but will need current tax information to complete the FAFSA. Financial Aid Assistance is available through College Goal Colorado which sponsors events where students can get expert assistance in completing their Financial Aid application. Eligibility for financial aid is determined according to a variety of factors including family-size, income, assets, number of family members enrolled in postsecondary institutions, in addition to other factors. The FAFSA Forecaster* can aide in estimating what types and the amount of financial aid might be available for students.

Please view the following Channel 10 shows if you are interested in learning more about Financial Aid and Post-Secondary Preparedness.

Post-secondary series: http://epresence.psdschools.org/1/Page/Published/30.aspx

Western Undergraduate Exchange Schools (WUE):

Many schools are part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) WUE Handout which is a scholarship program that allows students to attend other western out-of-state schools at a lessened cost. The WUE website* can provide further information on participating institutions and the application process.

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School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP)

  • Open houses for students and parents to learn about opportunities in FRCC career/technical eduation programs
  • Click on the above link for programs, times and dates
  • For more information contact:  Jean Greuel at (970)490-3286 or jgreuel@psdschools.org

Larimer County Workforce Center

Youth Services - Youth Friendly Employer List*

  • If you are between the ages of 14 and 18 and are looking for a job, click on the above link to find an updated "Youth Friendly Employer List"
  • This list is a helpful resource for students and identifies local business that hire youth
  • This list also tells you how old you have to be to work at certain business, how to apply and local business websites

Resources for Students with Disabilities

Going to College* is a comprehensive resource that can assist students in identifying strengths and set post secondary goals. It also includes information on academic expectations in college and accommodations for students as well as resources for preparing and applying. This article* outlines how students can go about accessing assistive technology in the college and what kinds of accommodations might be available. DREAM* (Disability Rights, Education, Activism and Mentoring) is a site dedicated to promoting a national disabilities agenda for post-secondary students and includes valuable links related to a full range of disabilities. The Autism Self Advocacy Network* provides a guide for autistic students written by autistic adults who have navigated the higher education experience. Think College* is another excellent resource for students and families considering post-secondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.

Additional Resources:

Getting Accommodations at College Tips Sheet

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