Skip to main content

College Planning

College Planning


College planning starts now! Whether you are in 9th grade or a rising senior, it's never too early to start planning for life beyond high school! Please review the below links to checklists that will help you as you journey through this process. Find the one that fits you best and happy planning!


Need guidance on using Naviance? See the Naviance Info page on our website!


College foundation of NC Logo

 College Checklist


  Naviance logo

NEW IN 2019-2020: NAVIANCE



College Research Tools


College foundation of NC Logo


Explore this site for info on colleges, financial aid, SAT/ACT, majors, and more (for NC only)




bigfuture logo


Input your criteria and find colleges that match YOU




college greenlight logo


FREE online college and scholarship database designed for first generation, underrepresented students and the organizations and counselors that support them. By building a student profile, College Greenlight can match you to college and scholarship opportunities that reflect your accomplishments and interests. You can also connect to your counselor so that they can better support you through your college and scholarship searching efforts.




College Navigator Logo


Search and analyze colleges nationwide




Peterson's logo


Search here for info on colleges, scholarships, and entrance exams




Quest bridge logo


Connects low income students with colleges and universities




NC Community college logo


See all that NC Community Colleges have to offer!




NC Independent Colleges & universities logo


Explore private NC Colleges and Universities




UNC System logo


Explore public NC Colleges and Universities




Virtual Campus Tours


UPDATE: Utilize these virtual resources in light of COVID-19-related cancellation of prospective student events at colleges. Tour college campuses virtually!



You Visit

ecampus tours logo


Financial Aid


Federal Grants

  • Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) senior year to qualify for federal grants. Colleges, Universities, and scholarships also use your FAFSA data to award financial aid
  • Scholarships
    • Check the financial aid web page of the colleges and universities to which you are applying for scholarship opportunities offered by that school. Some consider all students who complete an admissions application, and some require separate scholarship application materials.
    • Check the Scholarship tab under the NCHS Student Services website.
    • Check
    • Check community organizations, such as parents' or student's employers, church groups and denominations, civic organizations.