The College & Career Center provides many resources for students and their parents for post-high school college and career planning. Our resources cover information on:
- Career exploration
- College planning
- College visits
- College applications
- Scholarships & financial aid
- Sno-Isle TECH
- Non-college options
- Military visits
- Resume writing & interview prep
- ACT/SAT testing
- ASVAB Testing
- Work/School Authorization Form
- And more!
Patty Stapleton, College & Career Center Specialist
CEEB School Code 481210
Monday - Friday: 7-3 p.m.
The College & Career Center offers individual meetings for students and/or parents/guardians to discuss post-high school planning.
Student Canvas Invitation
Students, please accept the Canvas invitation from the College & Career Center to receive information and opportunities all year long! Seniors will receive multiple Canvas announcements weekly to keep them informed about opportunities, scholarships and post-high school planning! This tool is used to help guide them through their senior year!
College Application Deadlines
Seniors, make sure you are aware of college application and FAFSA deadlines for the trade/technical schools, community colleges and universities you are applying to!
In-person College Visits are Held in the College & Career Center!
College visits will be in-person at SHS starting in September and continuing into November! These visits will take place during Panther Period and right afterschool. It is suggested that you attend at least one college visit here on campus. By attending a college visit, you are not committed to the school and you can attend as many as you like.
How to Apply to College Guide
This How to Apply to College Guide is from Best Accredited Colleges.org and is full of information on everything that you need to know during this college application time!
This guide includes:
- Deciding on a college
- An outline of the full college application process
- Tips for completing the application and writing an essay
- Interview tips and sample questions
- Applying for financial aid
There are always scholarships available, but "Scholarship Season" runs from November and continues through April/May. This is the time of year when an abundant number of scholarships become available. A few scholarship resources are listed below! Check out GearUp Washington....a Washington scholarship resource! This site is updated monthly with a wide variety of scholarships. Continue to check back monthly for their updates! GoingMerry is a newer scholarship clearing house. Next, make sure you fill out a profile on the Washboard.org....this is a scholarship search engine that matches students to scholarships. Your profile can be updated whenever necessary. This is also the website SHS/GP/AIM use for the Local Scholarship Program that runs from February to March in the Snohomish School District. For more scholarship opportunities, visit the SHS Scholarship page.
FAFSA or WASFA
Seniors, if you are applying to colleges/universities and tech/trade schools, you should be applying for financial aid in the fall. Financial aid is money that is available to students to help cover the cost of attending a college/tech or trade school (tuition, fees, books, room/meals, supplies). Filling out the 2024-25 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the best way to apply for financial aid. The FAFSA used to open on October 1 each year, but this year there is a change and it won't be opening until December. For most financial aid, a student does not need to know where they are going to school. The earlier you apply ... the BEST shot you will have at receiving the most financial aid.
The FAFSA is the method the federal government uses to determine how much you and your family can afford to contribute to your education, and then how much in grants, scholarships, loans and work study the federal government will offer you the student. It is also how the college you will be attending, determines what need-based scholarships and grants, as well as loans and work study they can offer you.
If you’re not eligible to submit the FAFSA and you’re a Washington resident (i.e. if an undocumented student), you can fill out the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA), which will be used instead to determine state and university need-based financial aid options.
The biggest misconception is that students are not going to fill out the FAFSA, because they won’t be eligible for financial aid... this may be true regarding receiving aid from the Federal Government, but the FAFSA is used by colleges to determine merit / need-based/other scholarships. In December, it will be time to fill out the FAFSA or WASFA!
Need help filing? Check out the Financial Aid page for more FAFSA & WASFA information!
- Filling out the FAFSA information Direction Page
- Guide to FAFSA and Financial Aid (Complete Financial Aid Guide from Study.com)
This is an in-depth guide which offers information about:
- The different types of financial aid available, including grants, loans, and scholarships
- Steps for how to gather documents and fill out the FASFA
- Expert financial aid advice for getting the most aid
- Tips for how to successfully pay back student loans
- An infographic breaking down the rising costs of college
Some colleges have decided to drop the SAT/ACT requirement going forward. This website includes a sortable list of all the test optional colleges in the U.S. This list is updated frequently.
Please check the college's website that you are planning on applying to, to see if they are requiring one of these test for admission or for any of their scholarships. Deciding to take one of these tests is now truly the student's decision!
If you decide to test, here are some test prep websites
Free SAT Prep: https://www.testgeek.com/free-sat-prep.html
Best Online Guide to SAT Test Prep - https://www.edumed.org/resources/sat-test-prep/
Free ACT Prep: https://www.testgeek.com/free-act-prep.html
Terms to know:
Test Optional: Students may choose to submit test scores to strengthen an application. Submission of a test score does not disadvantage or advantage students in the admission review process if a student chooses not to submit. In place of a test score, students who choose to apply as test optional will be required to submit additional and alternative measures of college readiness.
Test Blind: Test scores are not looked at or considered at any point in the admissions review process, even if a student chooses to submit a test score. No additional, alternative measure of college readiness is required in place of a test score.
Test Not Required: Test scores are not considered in the admissions review process, even if a student chooses to submit a test score. However, test scores are considered for placement, entry into an Honors program, and/or scholarship awards.
Info on Cyber Security, Computer Science Degrees and Artificial Intelligence
Are you interested in a career path in cyber security? This website will provide information on the types of careers in cybersecurity available, potential salaries, job duties, top cities and industries to pursue! It will also explain how to prepare for a career in this field.
Are you interested in a career in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation? The website below defines artificial intelligence, lists various types of automation and discusses how to land a job within the field.
Free test preparation tools
- CollegeBoard - ACCUPLACER practice
- ACT Academy
- Preparing for the ACT Test
- ASVAB - Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
- Khan Academy - Official SAT Practice
- Khan Academy - Making High School Count
- Free SAT Prep: https://www.testgeek.com/free-sat-prep.html
- Free ACT Prep: https://www.testgeek.com/free-act-prep.html