College Planning
STUDENT TIMELINE


Senior Year
Senior year can be a very busy time, with schoolwork, activities, and special events. Stay on track with the college admissions process. Get organized, be aware of deadlines, and don’t procrastinate.

Junior Year
This is a key year in the college planning process. You’ll be taking standardized tests, narrowing down your college list, and learning about financial aid. In addition, you’ll need to stay involved in your high school courses and activities.

Sophomore Year
Stay on track with your high school classes and activities and begin to narrow down the plan for your future.

Freshman Year
At this stage, you’re laying the foundation for your high school career. This is a time to establish your academic and extracurricular credentials. You should also begin to explore options for your career or further education.

 

TESTING

PSAT/NMSQT
- Wednesday, October 11, 2017
- Optional for gr. 11
- Reasons to take the PSAT/NMSQT
1.   NMSQT = National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
2.   Free SAT practice - link PSAT results to Khan Academy (video)

NEW! Differences between the (new) SAT & ACT

SAT
CollegeBoard.org (SAT, PSAT, AP)  
- SAT & Khan Academy Test Prep

ACT
ACTstudent.org (ACT) 
- ACT test prep
 
COLLEGE PLANNING WEBSITES

- Arizona College & Career Guide
- Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education
- WICHE Western Undergraduate Exchange
- CollegeBoard's BigFuture
- College Preparation Checklist
- College Scorecard (searching for colleges)
- ACT Guide to Planning for College and Careers
   Sign up to receive the e-book from ACT


COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship Listing (College Depot)   
- ASU's Scholarship Resources (also some good general info on searching for scholarships)
- UA Alumni Scholarships 
- CollegeBoard's Scholarship Search
Scholarship searches should be FREE. You may need to create an account and give some basic information to find scholarships that match your needs.
 


FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
FAFSA for 2018-19 opens October 1, 2017
 

Filling out the FAFSA
What to expect AFTER the FAFSA

Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education: Proud sponsor of the American mind.
 


ORDER YOUR ALA TRANSCRIPT

Current and previous students must order transcripts via Parchment. Click on the link button below. A $3.50 Parchment fee will apply. 

Please keep in mind that your tuition account must be current. If it is not, the transcript fee cannot be returned to you. If you are not certain, you may contact the ALA Financial Office (602-268-8686 ext. 13 or Mueller@ALAcoyotes.org).  



 
COLLEGE LINKS

WELS & ELS Affiliated Colleges

Martin Luther College
MLC is the college of ministry operated by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, located in New Ulm, MN.

Wisconsin Lutheran College
WLC is a liberal arts college located in Milwaukee, WI.

Bethany Lutheran College
BLC is a private residential liberal arts college in Mankato, MN.
 

Private Universities in Arizona

Grand Canyon University
Ottawa University
Arizona Christian University
 

Arizona Public Universities

Arizona Board of Regents
Arizona State University
University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University
 

Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa Community College District, is one of the largest community college districts in the United States, serving more than 220,000 students each year in Maricopa County, Arizona.
ENROLLMENT STEPS

 

PLANNING ASSISTANCE
College Depot

College Depot is a free, full-service college access center temporarily located at the Emmett McLoughlin Community Training & Education Center, located at 1150 S. 7th Avenue in Phoenix. A team of college planning advisors and assistants offer one-on-one appointments and workshops regarding admissions, financial aid, and scholarships.