College Preparation


Q:  What do admissions officers look at when I apply to college?

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Difficulty of course load

ACT/SAT scores

Class Rank

High School and community activities, involvement

Counselor and teacher recommendations

Application Essays

Q: How do I know when to complete the steps necessary for college admission?

Check out the The Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (KASFAA) Junior and Senior Pre-College Calendar and Checklist on the website. Pre-College Checklist

Q: How do I know which college is right for me?

Check out these resources!

US College Search

Best Careers for your College Major

ACT’s “Get Set for College Student Guide”

ACT’s “Get Set for College Parent Guide”

Know How 2 Go –

Best Colleges

College Guide for Undocumented Students

Q: How do I pay for college?


Federal Student Aid - THE source for free information, guidance and tools for federal student assistance

Finaid - The SmartStudent guide to financial aid  

Paying for College (pdf, 174.52KB)

Fafsa4caster - Estimate your eligibility for federal student aid

FAFSA Time (pdf, 156.59KB) - quick guide to beginning your FAFSA application

Lendedu - Find the best private student loans with this resource!

Scholarship Fund - Tuition assistance for needy families

Guaranteed Scholarships: List of scholarships guaranteed by individual colleges to ALL admitted students meeting the criteria listed.

College Scholarships, Colleges and Online Degrees: Links to 32 FREE online scholarship searches, college admissions and financial aid office email addresses and toll free numbers, links to college websites and online applications (by state), a free college admissions and scholarships email newsletter, and a list of the web's best college and scholarships websites.

Great books to read!

Paying for College Without Going Broke, 2018 Edition: How to Pay Less for College (College Admissions Guides)

The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2019: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Prizes

Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents

Countdown to College: 21 'To Do' Lists for High School

College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania


Graphic of important dates for college