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).

Site Visit

Are you interested in learning more about opportunities and experiences in the healthcare field? Douglas County offers the ability to participate in pre-apprenticeships for students.  You can view it here!

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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!

Going to College With Mild/Moderate Needs

Presented by Douglas County Special Education Advisory Committee (DCSEAC).

Monday, February 3

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Cresthill Middle School, Highlands Ranch

Free event

Do you have a student with accommodations who wants to go to college? Learn which questions to ask, what services colleges generally provide, and the role of parents in this journey. Presented by the Douglas County Special Education Advisory Committee (DCSEAC)

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...........

Check out the full article here:


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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