College & Career Planning
College Resources Even Counselors Use
- College Board (collegeboard.org). You'll recognize CollegeBoard from the PSAT, the SAT or the AP tests. But they're so much more! CollegeBoard has everything A-to-Z to help you with the college process. TIP: Create your account now and make sure to use one (professional) email address for everything college related.
- HESAA or the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (hesaa.org) is "the only New Jersey state agency with the sole mission of providing students and families with financial and information resources for students to pursue their education beyond high school". You'll end up here eventually to apply for New Jersey state aid but there is so much more here than just financial aid.
- The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa.ed.gov or fafsa.gov) is the federal government's site to apply for financial aid. Everyone should complete the FAFSA -- even if you don't think you'll be eligible for any assistance!
- The National Association for College Admission Counseling has a variety of resources for student use. Go to https://www.nacacfairs.org/rightfitcollege for great resources.
Step One: What to Be Doing Grades 9-11
Step Two: Explore Careers & College Majors
- What are your interests & strengths?
- What kids of careers are out there for you?
- What education or training do you need for that career?
Step Three: Finding the Right College
- How to find the right college(s) for you?
- College lingo that you need to know
Step Four: Preparing for & Applying to College
- Being organized and keeping your eye on the deadlines
- Asking for recommendations
- The college essay
- The college visit & interview. Why not sit in on some classes and talk to a professor?
- The college application
- What will your counselor do for you? And what do you need to do for yourself?
- Early Action? Early Decision?
Step Five: Paying for College
- Researching college costs in advance
- College Cost Estimators
- Financial Aid & Scholarships
- Other sundry stuff
Step Six: The Acceptance Letter & What Comes Next
- The acceptance letter & deposit
- Stay the course in your senior year ... you're not done yet
- Hackettstown's Senior Survey & High School Transcrips
- Dual Credit Transcripts from Warren County Community College
- Do you know what to take to college?
Not Going to College? We Have You Covered
- Trade Schools
- The world of work