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Post Graduate Center                                                                   7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.                                                                        (720) 886-1981​


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Applying for College

Trail to College Financial Aid Presentation

Financial Aid Presentation

Tasks to Complete Before 12th grade:
  • ​​Complete college search through Naviance 
  • Sign-up for college visits through Naviance 
  • Attend college-fairs 
  • Schedule Junior conference in Counseling 
  • Register for the ACT or SAT (research which tests are required for specific colleges) *CTHS is not a national testing center *CEEB (high school code): 060-086 
  • Visit colleges you are considering applying to 
  • Narrow your list of colleges you are thinking about to colleges you are applying to (summer before senior year) *Make note of application requirements (including letters of recommendation) and deadlines
  • Complete the College Opportunity Fund (see below for link) 
  • Check Creek mail and Naviance often for communication from your counselor and Post-Grad                 


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Tasks to Complete During 12th Grade:
  • Narrow down colleges you are interested in to a list of 3-5 colleges to which you will be applying
  • Attend college visits in the Counseling office-check Naviance for upcoming visits
  • Attend college fairs
  • Update your list of "colleges I am applying to" in Naviance
  • Create a list or calendar of college application and scholarship deadlines
  • Schedule your senior conference with your counselor in the fall of your senior year (after counselors present to your English class)
  • Request letters of recommendation; allow at least 4 weeks for teachers and counselors to complete your letters (pay attention to deadlines!). Don't forget a thank you note to your recommenders!
  • Complete college applications
  • Complete transcript requests through the CT Post-Grad/Counseling department. Review Post-Grad deadlines for transcript requests. Complete a pink form and submit $5 payment per transcript requested
  • Research and apply for scholarships
  • Complete the FAFSA beginning October 1st
  • If necessary, revisit college campuses to help determine where you will attend

Resources & Links:






Cherokee Trail Master Scholarship List​

Fastweb (Scholarship Website)​

Scholarship Search​​

Federal Resources for Funding College​


FAFSA Information for Class of 2017​

CSS Profile​

Planning to Pay for College for 9th-12th Grade​



Community College
Attending a 4-year university is not always the best option for all students. Many students are better fit to attend a community college after completing high school. Students who attend a community college can eventually transfer to a 4-year college/university, or complete an Associate’s degree and begin a career. Click for more information and benefits of community college.

Community colleges in Colorado partner with 4-year, public institutions in Colorado to transfer as many credits as possible. Community colleges offer “Guaranteed Transfer Pathways” or “gtPathways” to allow students to transfer into specific programs at Colorado public universities at junior level standing. gtPathways are not available for all programs of study. Get more information about gtPathways here. ​


Please visit for more information or learn about community colleges in Colorado​ here. Below are links to community colleges in the metro-Denver area:​


Joining the United States military is a common alternative to attending college after high school. There are many benefits of joining the military, including: career exploration and development; a steady income and benefits; tuition assistance for college after service. There are five branches of the military: Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. Resources to enlist in the military are below.

Air Force




Coast Guard​

*Students interested in attending a military academy (Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Westpoint, etc.) should discuss this goal with their school counselors beginning in 10th or 11th grade.​

Career Exploration
Summer Progra​ms​
Video: Benefits of Skill Based Education​







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