College Planning

Graduating Seniors: Get Started!



Step 1: Meet with your advisor. College planning can be done during your regular advising appointment each semester, or email your advisor to schedule a separate appointment. Check CECI's Graduation page for important deadlines.


Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Colleges and most scholarship applications require that you submit a FAFSA. The Application for the 2021-2022 school year is open now!


Step 3: Order transcripts through Parchment. Create a Parchment Account here.


Step 4: Take the SAT and/or the ACT. CEC Inverness offers the SAT for free in the spring. Many students take the SAT or ACT more than once to improve their scores. Additional tests come with a fee, but you can register to take them again through the College Board.


There’s help available in reaching your academic and career goals!


The scholarship search and application process are tailored to each student's academic and co-curricular interests and future post-graduate goals. The advising team is here to guide students through the financial aid and scholarship process. We want to help you reach your goals. Please contact your advisor if you have any questions!


Listed below are several resources to help students with the college decision and application process.




Big Future by the College Board

National Center for Education Statistics

Trade Schools, Colleges and Universities

National Center for Education Statistics

College Confidential

Colorado Community College System

College in Colorado


The College Board                                   


NCAA Eligibility Center for College Sports 



Occupational Outlook Handbook


My Colorado Journey



Before you start looking for scholarships using a scholarship search service, you may want to read this article by that reviews some of the search services.

FAFSA 4Caster

FAFSA YouTube Channel

FastWeb Scholarship Search


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)






The University Network

Colorado College Opportunity Fund (COF)



  • Must be female, attend high school and in senior year and reside in Colorado.
  • Must be a S.T.E.M. major with an intent to study or pursue a career in energy
  • Must have an average 3.5 GPA with proof from high school transcript and high school administrator’s contact information.
  • Must plan to attend an accredited 4-year university.
  • Must have proof of registration prior to disbursement of scholarship funds.
  • Must have two (2) letters of recommendation that include contact information for them and are not relatives. References must be 21 or older.
  • If you meet the above requirements, please complete the application no later than April 9, 2021, by clicking here. If you have any questions, email
  • Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2022 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).
  • Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. Today’s competitive academic culture regrettably sometimes drives students to hype their accomplishments and pursue ambitious efforts merely to attain credentials. The Coolidge Scholarship pushes back on this trend. Successful candidates are indeed accomplished, but exhibit humility with respect to their achievements and pursue things of genuine interest to them regardless of the perceived prestige associated with the activity.
  • A complete description of the scholarship’s criteria is available here.
  • The submission deadline is 5:00 PM EST, Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $30,000 over four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need
  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
  • Show leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
  • Present evidence of financial need;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21;
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship.
  • Have graduated or will graduate with a high school or GED diploma or a community
    college associate degree by the end of the 2021 Spring term;
  • Have a current DACA or TPS authorization or you meet TheDream.US immigration
    eligibility criteria; and
  • You must qualify for in-state tuition* at one of our public Partner Colleges (or are admitted
    to one of our private Partner Colleges).
  • The submission deadline is February 25, 2021
  • Is a Colorado resident;
  • Has demonstrated a commitment** to caring for our environment's natural resources within their personal, educational, and/or professional time. Ideally, students can show that they have volunteered with outdoor stewardship/environment organizations, such as VOC or other Colorado stewardship organizations or land agencies;
  • Is pursuing a degree program with an environmental, natural resource, climate, or outdoor industry emphasis at an accredited 4-year college/university, 2-year community college, or a certificate program offered by an accredited*** college/university within the state of Colorado; and
  • Must provide two (2) professional letters of recommendation and a copy of the transcripts from their highest level of education completed.
  • The submission deadline is 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship
Please see your Academic Advisor for information for students who may be the child of a worker who was injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident in Colorado and who was entitled to benefits under the Colorado Workers' Compensation Act. Students must be a high school Senior with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Graduating high school seniors in the United States, where that state has an active JCI
Senate program. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this scholarship. Each year (April) $1,000 grants will be awarded to graduating high school seniors in the United States, who plan to continue their education at accredited postsecondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. 
Your application must be postmarked no later than January 29, 2021 to the State Scholarship
Chairman listed under your state.
Grades 9-12, simply create a portfolio with CirkledIn and be entered in to the scholarship drawing. Due December 31, 2020.