Welcome to CHS College and Career Center
Here you will find information about college representatives coming to CHS, Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA), scholarship opportunities, military branches and career options.
Do you have a plan for college?
Having a plan for college has never been more important! Early planning for college is essential for student success.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Do You Have a Plan for College? guides for 8th-10th and 11th-12th grade students – now available exclusively online – provide tools to help students and parents:
Prepare academically and financially for college.
Explore campus and degree options.
Navigate the admission process.
Utilize OKcollegestart.org, our comprehensive college planning portal for students, parents and educators.
Research careers and salary expectations for various jobs.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
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In the United States, everyone has the right to a free public education, but not a free college education. The Federal government and most colleges agree that students and their parents are the ones most responsible for paying for college.
The philosophy behind financial aid is that everyone should pay what they can out of income and assets (your EFC), and then financial aid, including any outside resources, makes up the difference. The only way you can pay less than your EFC is if you get so many outside scholarships that they exceed your financial need. This is highly unlikely.
At many colleges a “B” average can put you in the running for merit money. Sometimes a separate application is required; sometimes your application for admission is enough. Don’t count yourself out by not applying; apply and let the college decide!
Private colleges give more financial aid than public ones, but their tuition is usually higher as well. Public colleges award less aid, but taxpayer support keeps their tuition lower. Since a high-priced college often awards more assistance than a low-priced one, a particular student might end up paying the same out of pocket cost at both, or even less at the college with a higher sticker price. That’s why you shouldn’t rule out your “dream college” as too expensive until you find out if it wants you and what kind of financial aid package it will give you.