The college process
Check out the school counseling department's College & Career Planning Guide to find important information and timelines for juniors and seniors to prepare for college.
Are You Ready for College? A guide to college planning for Connecticut high school students.
College planning begins long before senior year. Check out Peterson's College Planning Timeline to find out what steps you can take to plan for college throughout all stages of high school.
Click here to download a transcript release form.
The Common Application
The Common Application serves students and member institutions by providing an admission application – online and in print – that students may submit to over 800 post-secondary institutions.
Parent College Prep — This checklist is designed to guide you and your college-bound student through the college application process.
Questions to Ask When Choosing A College — This article explores variety of questions students and parents may have for college admissions officers or while visiting college campuses.
APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID: FAFSA vs. CSS Profile - what are they?
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid: To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.
Is there a cost to apply? NO
Attention HS Seniors attending college in 2019–20 year: You will be able to apply between October 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
- How to obtain federal codes for Colleges
- Filing the FAFSA: Free book download
- FSA ID: Your electronic passport to financial aid
CSS Profile: The CSS PROFILE is distributed by the College Board, the organization that administers the SAT and Advanced Placement Program. The CSS PROFILE is used by private colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for their non-government financial aid, such as grants, loans and scholarships.
Is there a cost to apply? YES
Additional Financial Aid Resources:
Tuition Break for New England Students: NEBHE's Tuition Break program enables thousands of New England residents to enroll at out-of-state New England public colleges and universities at a discount. Students are eligible for the RSP Tuition Break when they enroll in an approved major that is not offered by the public colleges and universities in their home-state.
CT Dollars & Sense: Connecticut’s one-stop shop for helping you plan, save and pay for college. They have the information that you need – whether you’re trying to save, looking for scholarships, considering a loan, or just want to figure out how to put it all together.
Paying for College: Your Guide to State & Federal College Aid Programs (PDF download)