College Planning

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.

December 2017 - Are all college applications completed? Have transcripts been requested? Has the FAFSA application been submitted? Are you aware of upcoming deadlines?

Winter 2018
You should be receiving college decisions and award letters. Now is the time to compare and work on your decision.

May 1, 2018
Decision Day - This is the day most students will need to let colleges know of their decisions for fall 2018. 

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.

Winter/Spring 2018
Use days off to visit college campuses—just be sure that they are in session and that you call ahead for a tour.

May 2018
Help the seniors celebrate their decisions! There's a lot for YOU to do before your Decision Day 2019!

May-June 2018
Look for an email from Parchment. Create your account. This is how you will request transcripts to go to your colleges next fall as you apply.

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.


- Scores available December 12, 2017
- Official SAT practice using the PSAT results
Students who used these tools saw improvement—20 hours of practice using the free Khan Academy program was associated with an average 115-point increase from the PSAT/NMSQT® to the SAT.
Differences between the (new) SAT & ACT

- SAT & Khan Academy Test Prep

- ACT test prep

- Arizona College & Career Guide
- Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education
- WICHE Western Undergraduate Exchange
- CollegeBoard's BigFuture
This site was created to provide students and parents with the know-how to plan and pay for college. It offers a variety of resources and tips.​
- 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


Scholarship Listing (College Depot)   
- ASU's Scholarship Resources 
Also some good general info on searching for scholarships

- UA Alumni Scholarships 
- CollegeBoard's Scholarship Search
- fastweb
One of the leading online resources for finding college scholarships.
- Scholar Snapp
Use Scholar Snapp to help organize all of your scholarship applications and make the most of your time!


  • 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

FAFSA Guide - How to fill out the FAFSA (a resource for students & parents)

Filling out the FAFSA - link to the site
What to expect AFTER the FAFSA - Q&A and video on
Award Letter Breakdown

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


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  


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.


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.

Big Future is a college and career planning tool created by CollegeBoard.

ACT Profile is a college and career exploration tool created by ACT., powered by,  was created to provide students and parents with the know-how to plan and pay for college. This website offers a variety of resources and tips to help you through each step of the process and provide you with the power to plan your future. is a one-stop source for detailed information about US college programs, courses and costs, served directly from official online college catalogs.

Search & compare thousands of US college degrees and certificate programs by state, institution, degree type, and area of study.

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