Resources for Filing the FAFSA:
FAFSA GUIDE: Nerd Scholar advice on how to complete the FAFSA from creating your
COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY: Events in Minnesota to help fill out the FAFSA:
QUESTIONS? CALL FAFSA: 1-800-433-3243
Raise.Me is a resource that helps students explore colleges, build a portfolio and get
rewarded for their achievements both in and outside of the classroom.
USDA 1890s Scholars Program:
· Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
USDA 1994s Scholars Program:
MN Masonic Charities Scholarship
National Scholarship Search Tools
The following is a list of good websites to search for national scholarships. Consider an
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Post High School Options
Your options for 4-year colleges are many, including private and public schools. These
types of schools offer bachelor’s degrees, which are usually completed in four years of full-time study. Some 4-year colleges also have graduate schools that offer master’s and doctoral degrees.
These 2-year options can also be private or public schools. The most common types
of 2-year colleges are community colleges. Typically a 2-year college is less expensive
than a 4-year college. Two-year diplomas, certificates and degrees are offered through
these schools. Many students will begin at a 2-year college and then transfer to a 4-year
university to pursue an advanced degree.
Most technical colleges offer certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in many fields.
Your typical length at a technical college will depend on your program choice and if you
choose to be a full-time student. Most students attend technical colleges for two years. The
programs and degrees offered at a technical college are very specific and great options for
those students who want to enter the work force quickly.
The military offers many educational opportunities for students in return for their service
to their country. Once you have decided the military is something you may want to
pursue, you must meet all the requirements at the Military Entrance Processing Station.
Our counselors and the College and Career Center (CCC) can connect you with the
recruitment officers, who can ensure you meet all the necessary requirements before high
Students may choose to go directly into the work force after high school graduation. If
you know you would like to pursue a career that requires no further education, or have
been offered a job within a company that will provide you the training you need, this may
be an option for you. A meeting with your counselor will help you in planning, if this is
the route you wish to take.
When choosing to do a gap year, students should consider what they would be doing to
advance or enrich themselves both personally and professionally. Students can choose
from an array of opportunities, including things like – learning a trade, volunteer work,
travel, internships and sports. Gap year opportunities should assist in improving students’
knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership, independence and self-sufficiency.