Paying for College - Going Merry Financial Aid 101

    Financial Aid 101 is a free webinar event for 2024 seniors and their families. The 30-minute presentation will touch on student loans, scholarship strategies, grants, appealing financial aid offers, and more! The event will conclude with a live Q&A session with Going Merry Financial Aid Specialists. We invite seniors and their parents to register here for one of the four times below. Space is limited!

    • September 26, 2023 at 6 PM or 8 PM CT Via Zoom 

    • October 12, 2023 at 7 PM CT Via Zoom 

    • November 9, 2023 6 PM or 8 PM CT Via Zoom


    Portland NACAC College Fair: Sunday, October 8th from Noon to 4 pm, and Monday, October 9th from 9 am to Noon, at the Portland Convention Center

    Students and families are invited to attend the in-person fair and meet one-on-one with admission representatives from various colleges and universities. Click HERE for details and registration information.


    UC Application Workshop with UC Davis Admissions Counselor on Monday, October 16th at 10:15 am

    The presentation will primarily cover the UC application, UC requirements, and tips and guidelines for filling out the application, as well as 5-10 minutes about UC Davis and 10-15 minutes at the end for Q&A. Students need to register in MaiaLearning -> Events -> Actions -> Attend. 


    FAFSA/ORSAA Paying for College Virtual Events: Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 pm in English & Jueves 26 Octubre 6:30 pm en español

    Attending college in the next few years? Do you need help understanding your options when it comes to paying for and affording college? Join the experts from ECMC's The College Place Oregon, the Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA), and colleges across Oregon as we explain the financial aid process. You’ll have the opportunity to privately ask questions and interact with a financial aid officer via a secure chatroom during the presentation. This FREE paying for college event is available so that families across Oregon can learn how to pay for college, and is appropriate for high school students and their families as well as adults continuing their education after high school.




    MaiaLearning: Grant High School uses the MaiaLearning University & Career Research Tool to help students plan their futures. You can use Maia to discover and explore careers; build academic, college, and career plans; create portfolios that tell your story, and manage the college visit and application process. Access your account by clicking Sign In with Google and using your PPS username and password. 


    How does my high school experience make me college & career ready?

    Make a plan for your high school years.


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    Explore your interests and discover career opportunities out there for you. Start here!

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    How does Career Related Learning happen at Grant?

    We build in lots of infrastructure for students to explore careers, from their Freshman Community Career Fairs and working alongside professionals in Career Technical Education (CTE) classes to attending the NW Youth Careers EXPO in Sophomore year and then, as Juniors and Seniors, students actually visit workplaces. Information on registering for events is on the College & Career Center Instagram and in the Friday Bulletin - posted on the Grant website homepage and emailed to students and parents/guardians every Friday during the academic year.


    It’s important to start exploring careers now so students can think about what they might eventually like to do and understand the pathways to get there. The Oregon Department of Education has added emphasis on Career Related Learning: it's a graduation requirement. By the end of Senior year, all students will need to participate in two Career-Related Learning Experiences (“CRLE” for short–reflect on them with forms on the left-hand side of this page), build a resume (we do this in ​Junior English class), and write a “My Plan Essay” (during Senior English class).



    We can help you feel more confident about finding post-secondary options and exploring possible careers, internships, colleges, apprenticeships, workforce training programs, and/or military opportunities. This is a great PPS resource


    PPS has partnered with GetSchooled to offer resources for college planning, including quick videos regarding colleges, advice, essays, and scholarships. 

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