Post Secondary Resources

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As you know, financial aid can be a big deciding factor for students. We don’t want them to miss an opportunity to receive as much aid as possible, which is why we’re reminding you the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available starting Oct. 1. 

We recommend students complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1 to be considered for the most financial aid. 

Pass along the important information below to all students you know will benefit!


  • Create a FSA ID (separate for student and parent).
  • Fill out the FAFSA, available Oct. 1. Priority deadline is March 1.

Additionally, FAFSA forms can now be completed from mobile devices with the myStudentAid app (tips for using this app can be found here).

A reminder that MOUNTAIN VISTA is the proud home of Greater Denver College Fair's BIG college fair on 
SATURDAY, October 5th from 10:00 a.m - 12:00 pm.    There will be over 225 colleges and universities from around Colorado and the country here in our gym and commons eager to talk to you and your student.  I will be sending some common questions to ask college reps in the next week but wanted to remind you of this fantastic opportunity and encourage you to get it on your calendar as well as remind all of your friends, neighbors and anyone you know that has a current high school student in the surrounding areas.  The colleges are asking that students sign up for the fair through the website . .. and print off your barcode so that colleges can scan it at their tables to get your information more quickly into their system. We are proud to announce there will be scholarships awarded at the fair for students that have registered for the fair as well as opportunities to apply for two other scholarships through this organization.

Attached to the bottom of this e-mail is the list of colleges as well as break out sessions on :  Scholarships, Financial Aid,  Private Schools, SCHOLARSHIPS SEARCH, and NCAA eligibility.  Please note that colleges are still registering for this event.  Also attached is a list of questions that students should look over before the fair to have some idea about what they would like to ask a rep from that school.

This is a fantastic opportunity.  DON'T miss out!!!

Janda Bliek

Counselor, eDCSD

Member on the Board of Great Denver College Fairs

Colorado Free Application Day - October 15

Students planning on applying to any of the 32 public colleges or universities in Colorado may want to participate in Colorado Free Application Day. This program waives application fees for students who apply to these colleges between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. on October 15, 2019. 

Hello from the CU Denver | Anschutz Department of Bioengineering!

We are excited to invite you all to the Fall Bioengineering Open House, coming up on Friday, October 4, from 4-6pm.


This is the best event to meet current bioengineers and students, learn about some incredible biomedical research, tour labs, and talk with college advisors. School/family groups are welcome! 

The Bioengineering Open House is held in the Bioscience 2 Building on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO (12705 E. Montview Blvd., Aurora, CO 80045). The event is unstructured, but RSVP is requested as we will be serving light snacks and refreshments. 

Please visit the below link for more information and to RSVP for the event:

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you on October 4!

Want to learn how to navigate the college application process?

The University of Pennsylvania is offering a free course walking you through the steps! Click HERE for more info!

How to Trim Your College Application Essay

By Kim Lifton, WOW Writing Workshop

5 Tips to Trim Your College Essay

Recently, I reviewed a student's personal statement for Michigan State University, which requires that each student submit a short essay of up to 400 words from a list of designated topics.

The draft, which he assumed...........

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You go to an online school, so why not explore online college fairs?

Click HERE for a link to a site that puts on college fairs online and a schedule of upcoming schools, dates, etc.

Questions to Ask a College Rep

Click on the link above for a list of questions to help "break the ice" when meeting with a college rep!


College Express

The Ultimate Guide to the College Search: How to Find Your Perfect College Match covers everything your students need to know about finding the right college, including:

  • When and how to start their college search
  • What to look for in their schools
  • Where and how to research colleges
  • How to make their college list
  • All the questions they should be asking
  • Tons of insider tips
  • Lists of helpful resources
  • And more!


A great resource for students to help build a digital portfolio while working to create a positive digital footprint and identity online.


the National Association for College Admission Counseling: an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.

Info for Online Colleges in Colorado

This resource contains:

  • Answers to the most common student questions about scholarships, accreditation and the prevalence of online education in Colorado

  • A curated list of the best scholarships available to Colorado students, both distance learners and those interested in a traditional campus education

  • A detailed description of every accredited online college in Colorado

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Transportation Opportunities

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Your student can #DiscoverWestern.

We understand choosing the right college can be a challenging and big decision for most families, which is why we host Preview Days at Western Colorado University!  

Preview Days give students and their families the chance to experience Western like a true Mountaineer. Professors and department heads from different academic programs are available to share information about their program, courses and innovative research that Western students participate in throughout their college career. Students and families will meet with representatives from different Western student groups and tour our beautiful campus.

View the full Preview Day itinerary.

All visitors who attend a Preview Day are eligible for a night of free lodging in town (while supplies last)!

Encourage your students to sign up today for one of the upcoming Preview Days where they’ll discover everything Western has to offer them during their collegiate experience!