Naviance is being phased out. This email was sent by Ms. Schlicker on June 25, 2020:
"Many of you are aware that the district is changing college and career online systems, so we will no longer have access to Naviance after July 31st. This is how I send out my mass emails, so I'll send information until then. This is a great resourse available in August. ARROW (Association for Regional Representatives of Oregon and Washington) is a non-profit organization that connects regionally-based college representatives in Oregon and Washington with students and counselors in the area through events and other opportunities. In an effort to help students, families, and counselors during this time, we are planning a late summer Virtual Introduction to College Application Workshop week August 17 - 20. I have attached the Save the Date for this event, which includes the schedule. We will host 8 unique webinars about the college admissions process, featuring presenters and panelists from numerous different institutions to offer tips and advice to students and families. Webinars will include tips on writing the college essay, financial aid basics, WUE, and much more. In addition, individual colleges will be offering 20-30 minute informational sessions on their institution each day. Students, families, and counselors like yourselves are encouraged to attend for free, whether you attend just one session or all!We intend for this to be informative and helpful, so please share this with your students (especially rising seniors). Registration information and additional details will be available at www.admissionsarrow.com during the first week of August. All are welcome! Mark your calendars now since I will not be able to send reminders... "Megan Schlicker
Colleges that Change Lives Virtual College Exploration Week August 15-18
College planning, personal statement essay workshops, athletic recruiting, how to communicate with an admissions office, and more! Free. Registration required for each individual workshop.
Register for upcoming Live Session from Delehoy Consulting:
Financial Aid and Scholarship Fundamentals: Tuesday, August 11, 6:00 pm
Past session recordings:
College Planning 101: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/2-JwE7PVpmNJb8_34Wv7a6AGHbblaaa8hCBL_aVcnhzhZZzpz4BWiTlwEY2T1Y1h
Writing a Dynamic College Essay:(this link seems to be down, we're trying to find it) https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlcOGtrjoiGNRKQJQPBeEsVkd01rRNhoBc
References to Naviance below will be updated when we have more information:
Colleges Visiting Grant
..postponed until at least November...please reference the Covid resources articles linked on this right side of this page (scroll down for mobile browsers), starting with College Selection Resource Guide. Virtual visits, college fairs and other opportunities of note are posted on the @ghscollegeandcareercentral Instagram account.
What should I be doing about college?
Check out the planning links on the right side of this page, read EVERY email from your counselor, Ms. Schlicker, and the Friday News Notes. The Career Center has a lending library with books on topics ranging from test prep to college admissions; HBCU resources; directories; career finders and lots more. While school is closed we recommend downloading from the Multnomah County Library's vast online college guide holdings.
Where do I find out about scholarships?
Check out the links on the right column of this page (scroll to the bottom for mobile browser).
Visit the Career Center to get hard copies of information (currently on our Instagram feed @ghscollegeandcareercentral).
The counseling office includes local and Grant specific scholarships and other important information in the Friday emails. Read them!
How do I find out more about a college?
The best place to start is by signing up for college reps that visit the Career Center, where we also maintain their files with hard copies of brochures, catalogs, and more. Pay attention to the emails from Ms. Schlicker, which announce College and Gap Year Fairs as well as special opportunities. These are also posted on our Instagram: @ghscollegeandcareercentral. While colleges welcome visitors year-round it is not necessary to visit in person to make a successful college choice. There are several helpful search sites, blogs, and articles about the college search process and visiting colleges on the right side of this page (scroll to the bottom for mobile browser).
UPDATE: Read our Spring 2020 update for info on college searches in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic.
Oregon Private Colleges Week Typically held each summer, is a great way to tour a selection of different campuses with minimal cost, especially for rising juniors and seniors. Even if you plan to study elsewhere it's a great way to find what type of campus feels good to you, get a sense of what questions to ask, tour dorms, and find out what type of resources colleges can offer. There is usually a future admissions fee waiver for these schools if you visit four or more campuses during the week. See the website to register and for details on their virtual offerings for 2020.
Portland Community College hosts many open houses and high school visitation days, as do most area institutions.
How do I get college credit while in High School?
It is not uncommon for college students to need more than 4 years to complete the necessary coursework to obtain their college degree, so any extra credits you earn now can make a big difference in terms of both time and money! Look through the Grant course guide to find out which classes offer college credit. Options include AP courses as well as dual-credit courses through PCC and Portland State University that you take at GHS. When in doubt contact your counselor.
Be aware that colleges have varying requirements when granting transfer credit. For instance, some colleges won't accept AP credit if your test score isn't a 4 or even 5, while many accept a score of 3 and above. Information on transfer credits can be found on individual college websites or ask the college rep when they visit Grant.
CURRENT/COVID19 issues affecting college-bound students:
Redesigning College Admissions: Covid19, Access and Equity, Forbes Magazine
Here's How College Admissions Are Changing This Year, Money Magazine
How to Ask a College for More Financial Aid, New York Times
Gap Year Ideas for College Students in the wake of Covid19, New York Times
What to Know Before You Take a Gap Year From College During Coronavirus, Money Magazine
A Gap Year? Do it Here Taking a gap year at home can be as meaningful as doing one abroad, New York Times
Be sure to visit our gap year page for more information.
PPS College Search Guide
Explore options at Community Colleges, 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, HBCUs, Military Colleges, NCAA student-athlete opportunities and more.
Detailed information from U.S. Dept. of Education on all U.S. schools, including "net price" as well as 4-year graduation and retention rates; an essential college search resource.
College Board is more than just tests. It's a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success. Essential AP resources! Link test scores to the free, personalized, Khan Academy test prep; research schools and financial aid + major search, career finder, and more.
The College Search blog
News and opinions regarding school choice, admissions, financial aid, liberal arts educations, and so much more from Colleges That Change Lives.
National Listing of LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities with a searchable database.
HBCU CONNECT Browse the 100+ Historically Black Colleges and Universities sorted by state, size, tuition, conference, and ranking. Postgraduate networking and social, lots of helpful links.
Oregon CIS A scholarship and a financial aid database: national, state, and local awards/sort the entries based upon an individual’s characteristics.
Every post-secondary program of study or training offered in Oregon. More than 150 topics of information, from admission requirements and costs to services for students with disabilities. Similar information is included about national two-year, four-year, and graduate institutions.Current employment, wages, outlook, hiring practices, preparation, and licensing, in addition to the skills, abilities, and knowledge required, for each of over 600+ occupation titles covering over 95% of the labor market in Oregon. CIS also includes information about self-employment, job search, industries, and the military as an employer.
Set up an account: click on "Single Sign On" in the upper right hand corner
- choose school district:PPS
- sign in with your Grant username and password.
- then click on "Explore Resources"
Look for the blue box and Create my own Portfolio >Then Find Scholarships: Education tab > Financial Aid Sort. Use star to save lists and favorites. Find these later in the My Portfolio tab.
Oregon Goes to College Essential free resource that helps students and their families prepare for education after high school, step-by-step.
Resources for undocumented students in English and in Spanish. Checklists for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.
Download the "It's a Plan" app that sends timely reminders and important notifications to your device.
Khan Academy free SAT/ACT Test Prep tailored to you.
College Essay Guy is a comprehensive website students should start exploring as Juniors (Seniors, don't fret, just get on it!). Hours of inspiration, prompts, ideas, and more about arguably one of the most fraught aspects of the college application process. You can access a lot of great advice before entering your info or optioning into paid services.
Financial Aid Tip Sheet from the GHS Career Center and
UNDERSTANDING MERIT AID figuring out the "real" tuition vs. "sticker price"/Some expensive schools could actually cost less
scholarships360.org Quickly see which scholarships are a match for your profile, academic and extracurricular interests, and future career plans! Updated continuously. Not for profit.
PAYING FOR COLLEGE 2019-20 presentation from The College Place (also presented live at GHS in the fall, watch your emails).
SCHOLARSHIPS via Oregon Goes to College
Tips for Decoding Financial Aid Offers
Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Spreadsheet download and personalize to compare your acceptance packages
Student Loan Calculator or Parent Debt Calculator Figure out how much your family can really afford to borrow. Have this conversation before you apply to schools.
PARENTS: When filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) your income is based on your tax returns from two years prior to college! For instance, a student entering in the fall of 2021 would have their estimated family contribution based upon 2019 tax filing information.
Read Maximizing Your Aid Eligibility for more information and check with a financial advisor since the rules regarding federal financial aid are always changing and could do so again in the wake of Covid19.
Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be
An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
How to Survive the College Admissions Madness
An abbreviated version of the book above
College Advice I Wish I'd Taken
Useful for high school students too
When a Friend Chooses a College Be Happy or Be Quiet
This advice is useful if a student decides not to pursue college as well