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)



  • Applications are due October 31st.
  • Apply at
  • Current high school (or home-schooled) student attending a school in the U.S. (or select DoD schools) who will graduate during the 2020-2021 academic school year
  • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees - based on the guidelines utilized by U.S. Department of Education for Federal Financial Aid eligibility
  • Will receive high school diploma during current academic year
  • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Students are selected based on academics, leadership, and service. 
  • Applications for the Daniels Fund Scholarship open October 1st.
  • Apply at
  • For students who were unable to take the SAT or ACT due to COVID-19 cancellations, they are eligible to apply with a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.3 in high school (on an unweighted 4.0 scale), and do not need to provide standardized test scores. Otherwise, students should have a 3.0 GPA and a minimum SAT math score of 490 and writing score of 490 or minimum ACT score of 18 in each category.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Applicant's parent(s) must have an Adjusted Gross Income of $85,000 or less.
  • Application deadline is November 15 at 4:00 pm.
  • Applications for the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship open September 1st.
  • Apply at
  • Test scores will be optional, but strongly encouraged for the class of 2021
  • Application deadline is Nov 1st (or Dec 1st for those who choose to submit test scores)
  • To update your school profile talk to your Academic Advisor then enter into your browser and enter Colorado Early Colleges Inverness.

LAEF Scholarship

  • The LAEF Scholarship application will open on 11/27 this year!
  • Students will have the opportunity to apply until 1/10/2021.
  • We encourage all of your Latinx-identifying students to apply!
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must attend HS or work in the State of Colorado.
  • Applicants must have a copy of their transcript to upload.
  • Applicants must have completed the FAFSA and prepare to submit a Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • Applicants must have 2 letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants should have a resume or a list of their volunteer/community services, extra-curricular activities, leadership roles and other pertinent participation.
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.