Post High School Planning

Senior Year
Senior year can be a very busy time, with schoolwork, activities, and special events. There is so much to do to get ready for fall 2021! 

August to December are the dates to take or retake your SAT or ACT.

Early fall is the time to start applying to four-year colleges. Part of the application process is requesting a sixth-semester transcript from ALA through Parchment.

Soon after October 1, you will start the FAFSA. Be sure to apply for your FSA ID before sitting down to do the application.

If you plan to attend a Community College, start that process during the second semester.

May 1 is Decision Day. This is the date that most schools will want your decision—and deposits!

Junior Year
This is a key year in the college planning process. You’ll be taking standardized tests, exploring careers, 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. Colleges will look at freshman through junior years on your transcript to determine school acceptance as well as scholarship qualification. Make your junior year count!

14 Steps in College Planning (from College Board)

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.


Current and previous students must order transcripts via Parchment. Click on the link button below. A $4 Parchment fee will apply.  Mailing a copy will incur additional fees.

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  

Order Credentials from Parchment


- Arizona College & Career Guide (2018-19 is the latest available)
- 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 Scorecard (searching for colleges)
- ACT Guide to Planning for College and Careers
   Sign up to receive the e-book from ACT
- College Depot This college & career planning resource is both a website and a location (at the Burton Barr Phoenix Public Library and also kiosks at select Phoenix Public Libraries).
- KnowHow2Go A site for middle and high school age students
- Road Trip Nation / Career Finder Find your match based on interests, passions, and abilities


- NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III - information about all three
--- NCAA Eligibility
- NAIA - school list, eligibility, and more


- Financial Aid 101 by NACAC
- FAFSA Dos & Don'ts
- Federal Student Aid at a Glance


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! This will be under the CollegeBoard umbrella after October 1, 2020.


  • 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 attending college in 2021-22 opens October 1, 2020 (class of 2021)

FAFSA Tips for Parents - video
How to Create Your FSA ID - video
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

RoapTrip Nation  Career Finder
BigFuture  Career & College Major Exploration   Education & Career Planning
Career Outlook   U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Registered Apprenticeships  Learn a trade while earning
- Scores available in December 2020
- Official SAT practice using the PSAT results
Differences between the SAT & ACT
ACT/SAT Concordance - compare scores

ALA will be administering the SAT School Day on 10/14/2020. Registration for this test date is closed. (SAT, PSAT, AP)  
- SAT & Khan Academy Test Prep
- SAT Fee Waiver information
- Registration & Test Day Checklist

- ACT test prep
(Scroll down for free options)
- ACT fee waiver info
Planning - Parents & Students
ACT Academy

Advanced Placement (AP)
- AP Students


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

Arizona Christian University
Grand Canyon University
Ottawa University
and others...

Arizona Public Universities

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

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.

The Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) is the foundation of a community college degree.
Learn about seamless transfer from Arizona community colleges to Arizona universities at

College Depot

College Depot is a free, full-service college access center located at the Burton Barr Central Library located at 1221 N. Central Ave. 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.

USA Today College Guide 2020
Check out the articles in this publication, especially p. 7, a great overview of Post-Secondary Paths (not all roads lead to a four-year college)., 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.

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