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Planning for life after high school can be stressful and confusing.

There are so many things that should be done from 9th grade-12th grade which will help students make a more informed decision regarding final choices and leave a longer list of options available. Deadlines and grade requirements in order to apply to colleges and scholarships exist. Exploring careers, knowing how to apply to jobs, and explore military options takes time and information.

College Recruitment Process for High School Athletes

NCAA Eligibility Center

~1st step, register with the NCAA eligibility center.

Read rules and understand academic eligibility requirements.

Initial Eligibility Standards

Division I Academic Qualifier

Division II Academic Qualifier

For all students, create a check list of what to accomplish in high school each year.

Student Check List by grade level


Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

When students apply to 2 yr, 4 yr colleges, and Trade Schools government financial assistance is available. How do you complete the application process?

If you plan to begin school summer 2024 then follow the directions for the 2023-2024 FAFSA application. The money you receive covers you for summer 2024 only. You would then complete the 2024-2025 as well. 2024-2025 FAFSA is money for Fall 2024 through Summer 2025. Plan ahead!

If you plan to begin Fall 2024 you follow the directions for the 2024-2025 FAFSA application. Application opens December 31, 2023.

Pay attention to your school start dates and this will help you determine which FAFSA application to complete.

While enrolled as a college student, for example, you will complete FAFSA every year. The 2024-2025 FAFSA, for example, is money available to you for one year only. Please keep in contact with your school regarding yearly FAFSA application deadlines and how to complete the application each year.

Step 1: Create your FSA ID account.

  • Students and parent(s)/guardian(s) need to create different FSA ID accounts. If you are legally considered independent for tax purposes, you are the only person needing to create an account.
  • You must know your full name shown on your social security card and SS# in order to create an account.
  • Date of birth
  • Your own valid email address and phone number. Use your own personal email address, not school email.
  • Your valid residential address
  • If your parent(s)/guardian(s) has a child who went to college they may already have an FSA ID account

Step 2: Gather the information you need

Step 3: Prepare your list of schools.

  • You can send FAFSA information to up to 20 schools if you have not confirmed attendance at one school. This means you did not tell a college “yes”, for example, when you received an acceptance letter. If you want to tell a school “yes” do so and inform all other schools you will not be attending their school.
  • Completing a FAFSA and sending financial information to many schools helps you better understand what your final costs for attendance will be. You may qualify for grants/work study programs. This is financial help you do not need to pay back. Apply to many scholarships as well.

Step 4: Attend FAFSA presentations/events.

School District of Philadelphia FAFSA event, 1/9/2024

  • The School District of Philadelphia will host its 8th annual FAFSA kickoff featuring Dr. Watlington on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 from 3:30pm to 7:00pm!
  • This event will be held in-person at The School District of Philadelphia, 440 North Broad Street
  • The FAFSA Kickoff is open to all Philadelphia students in grades 11 and 12 and their families
  • The focus of the event is to provide live support to students and families completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Explore various videos provided by Federal Student Aid

Attend Senior Seminar classes and Teachers will keep you posted on specific in-class FAFSA days.

Reach out to your School Counselor, Dr. Russell