Post-Secondary Planning Resources
Applying to College
Planning for College
What if I'm Undecided?
Xello is an online program that helps you create your own unique road map for college, career and future success. Interactive assessments highlight career pathways aligned with your skills, interests and unique personality.
To login, go to https://tinyurl.com/CSCSXello and choose your MCPASD email account.
CSCS Family Perspectives
Choosing a College
Finding a "Good Fit"
Applying to College
College Application Checklists
Resources to Support the Process
College Admissions Tests (ACT & SAT)
Juniors should plan to take the ACT through CSCS on Tuesday, March 8. This is a state required assessment so it is free and all juniors are automatically registered.
Students who would like to take the ACT an additional time will need to schedule this through ACT.org. These tests will not take place at CSCS, but there are locations within Dane County. If the testing fee is a barrier, please contact Sarah Estrella or Kim Gauen for information about fee waivers.
Most colleges will accept both the ACT and the SAT so make sure to check school admissions requirements before deciding whether or not to take the SAT.
The SAT is not offered at CSCS so students will need to register independently through the College Board website.
Test Prep Options
The most effective way to "study" for standardized tests is simply attending and engaging in your CSCS seminars and workshops! Although we cover content in a different way, the knowledge and skills you gain align with topics covered on all of the high school standardized tests.
We've gathered additional information, resources, test-taking strategies and access to online test prep in the slides below.
Financial Aid Planning
Completing the FAFSA is the first step in the college financial aid process. This is a required form for any student seeking federal aid including: grants, loans, scholarships and work study opportunities.
Complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov.
The FAFSA opens on October 1, 2021. While there is no deadline, many colleges require the information before providing your financial aid package so the sooner you complete it, the better.
This can be a complex application to complete so look for free FAFSA support sessions in Upcoming Events for help from the experts.
Other Financial Aid
There are many options for additional aid to make college affordable.
Here are some available Financial Aid Resources to help navigate questions around public and private loans, understanding your college financial aid letter, comparing and understanding loan options and FAQs for filling out the FAFSA.