Central Catholic - Find Your Path

Class of 2022 - College, Life & Career - October 6, 2021

Senior To Do List

Determine Your Path - If you aren't sure about whether you want to go to college or would like to explore other options such as apprenticeships, military, work, etc. Contact your counselor or Mr. Blue (dblue@centralcatholichigh.org) for an appointment.

Career Exploration - Check out potential career paths through Naviance Student. Login and go to "Careers" and select "Explore Roadtrip Nation Videos" to get started looking at options.

College Search - Learn more about two- and four-year colleges by attending college visits at CC or research colleges on your own through college fairs and campus visits.

College Applications - If you are applying to four-year colleges, begin to work on applications. Make sure all colleges you are applying to are in your "Colleges I'm applying to" list in Naviance Student. Do you need help with your early application? Email collegecounselors@centralcatholichigh.org to request an appointment if you haven't already contacted Ms. Calcagno directly.

Letters of Recommendation - If you have a November 1 application deadline for a college requiring a recommendation you should have the formal request started already. See below for the process.

Parent/Guardian To Do List

Watch the Senior College & Career Planning Night video - If you were unable to join us in person on September 22, you can access the recording HERE.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - Begin working on the FAFSA. If you were unable to participate in the virtual Financial Aid Night, check out the recording linked below.

Net Price Calculator - Work with your student to complete a Net Price Calculator for each college on their list. This will give you an estimate of what each one will award in financial aid and scholarship. Search for the Net Price Calculator on each college's financial aid page or search HERE.

Virtual Financial Aid Night Recording

FAFSA (Federal Application For Federal Student Aid), outside scholarships, OSAC scholarships

Pagar la Universidad

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Getting Started with FAFSA

Here's how to start!

  1. An FSA ID is needed to sign and submit your FAFSA. Students will need their own FSA ID plus one parent must also create a FSA ID.
  2. Use your legal name exactly as it appears on your Social Security Card.
  3. Use 2020 tax return data!
  4. Complete the FAFSA for the 2022-2023 school year.
  5. Add all the colleges you are applying to this year. If you add colleges to your list after you have completed the FAFSA -- just edit it and add to your FAFSA.

FAFSA and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

You can save time and effort if you qualify to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. It will transfer your income tax data directly from the IRS to your online FAFSA.

You may be eligible to use this tool if:

  • Your income tax returns were filed electronically at least two weeks before you complete the FAFSA.
  • Your income tax returns were mailed to the IRS at least eight weeks before you complete the FAFSA.

If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and choose to do so, you’ll be transferred from the online FAFSA to the IRS website, which will guide you through the transfer of your tax information. When you’re done, you’ll be sent back to your FAFSA.

If you do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and your FAFSA is selected for verification, you will be required to complete IRS Form 4506-T (Request for Transcript of Tax Return) during verification. It is no longer sufficient to provide a photocopy of the federal income tax return.

What is the CSS Profile?

The CSS Profile is an online aid application used by some colleges and scholarship programs to award their own institutional aid. It asks for information in addition to what you provided on the FAFSA.

Check each colleges’ information to determine whether they require the CSS Profile. A list of participating colleges is also found on the CSS Profile homepage. Some colleges may also require divorced or separated parents to complete separate applications.

The CSS Profile is free for domestic undergraduate students whose family income is at or below $100,000.

Portland Area HBCU Virtual College Night on October 20 from 5:30 to 7 pm

Learn about Historically Black Colleges and Universities from HBCU alums in the area and current HBCU students. Attendees will also learn about admission and financial Aid. To attend, register HERE in advance.
College Visits at CC

Seniors and Juniors are invited attend college visits with college representatives during school. Please note: The virtual visits on October 7 & 22 will not be on-campus.

Requesting A Recommendation Letter

Once you have determined if your college requires a recommendation letter, what do you do after your teacher agrees to write a recommendation for you?

First, you will need to complete the Letter of Recommendation Info survey under the "Important To-Do's and Tasks" section in Naviance Student. Then, submit the Recommendation Request form (also linked in Naviance Student) to finalize the process.

What if I need a counselor recommendation?

Complete the Letter of Recommendation Info survey and we also expect students to provide a resume of activities. There is a Resume tool in Naviance Student or students may email their resume to collegecounselors@centralcatholichigh.org and we'll upload it into Naviance for them.

What about transcripts?

Once a Recommendation Request form is submitted for a college, the transcript will be sent to the same college.

What if my college does not want recommendations?

If a college does not require any recommendations, students may request an Initial Transcript through the "Colleges I'm applying to" section in Naviance Student. If you haven't added colleges to your list, go to "Colleges I'm thinking about" and add them. Then, move the colleges to "College I'm applying to" and request transcripts at the same time.

Scholarship Searches - Where to start!


Let EVERYONE know you are looking. Your parent, guardian or grandparent might work for a company or belong to an organization that offers scholarships to dependents or descendants; it never hurts to ask! Check out the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, churches, foundations and other local organizations, which often offer scholarships based on a variety of factors. There is often less competition for these, since they have to be awarded locally.
  • OSAC Scholarships (OR residents only) -OSAC awards more than $10 million in scholarships annually. Oregon residents planning to attend a two- or four colleges as well as trade schools will find potential scholarships HERE. The application will open in November but cannot be submitted until after first semester. You can also check out Oregon Promise - Community College Grant - HERE.
  • The WashBoard (WA residents) - Washington residents have access to a database of scholarships that might be a good fit. Create an account and start your search HERE.


There are lots of free search sites for scholarships. You should never have to pay to find or apply for scholarships. Here are some helpful sites:


Oregon Gear Up Scholarship List


It can challenging to keep track of all the different scholarship deadlines and requirements. Check out the scholarship tools including the Scholarship Tracking Worksheet developed by the University of Portland HERE.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarships

WUE is an agreement among 16 states through which 160+ public universities provide nonresident tuition savings. Students can choose from undergraduate programs outside their home state, and pay no more than 150% of the resident tuition rate.


Interested in aerospace, astronautics and related fields? Check out these scholarships through the Nation Space Club and Foundation scholarships at National Space Club and Foundation: Youth Education.

  • Olin E. Teague Scholarship - Deadline: October 15

  • Keynote Scholarship - Deadline: December 3

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