College and Career Websites


  • College Board – the SAT test website, but also very helpful for college and career planning
  • MN Career Information System – a great source for career aptitude is the test found on the bottom left side under Assessment Tools titled IDEAS.  Students rate over 100 activities on a scale of “Like it very much” to “Dislike it very much” and then the results are attached to specific career groups.  You can also search specific careers for average salaries, training and education needed, etc.  Another fun activity on this site is the “Reality Check” in the middle of the left side menu.  It lets students choose a lifestyle – where to live, what to drive, entertainment options, cable/internet, etc. – and gives them an estimated yearly salary needed to support that lifestyle.  This is a favorite activity for students!
    • – see the Appendix or contact the high school guidance office for a username and password to access this information
  • – college searches, career exploration
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) – from the Bureau of Labor Statistics helps you research careers – the training and education needed, job duties, average salaries – and gives statistics on the growth or decline of the job field.


ACT and SAT tests are required for college or university admission.  Generally, either test is accepted for admission, but some colleges prefer one over the other.  Check the website or talk with an admissions representative from your preferred college before registering for the test.  Also, the SAT has separate subject tests that some colleges prefer, so be sure to register for the required test/s for your college.

Every high school has a school code that students use to register.  When CLA receives score reports, the scores are transferred  to the student transcript to help speed the college admission process.  Please register under code 240-817 to ensure that CLA receives the results in a timely manner.


There are many tools to use to find financial aid.  Be cautious when signing up for information, however, as there are also many scams.  NEVER pay for financial aid or scholarship applications – financial aid “finders” that ask for payment are typically scams.

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – this is the main federal website used for all federal and state grants as well as federally funded student loans.  You will need to fill out tax information for parents and students, if they’ve worked in their senior year.  This application should be completed as close to October 1 of the senior year as possible – be sure to meet your college financial aid deadline, too.  The second site listed below is a link to tips for completing the FAFSA, including what tax information you will need.  There have been a lot of changes to the FAFSA process in the last few years, so the final link below answers any questions you may have about those changes.
  • In order to fill out the FAFSA electronically, you will also need a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) that will act as your official signature on the application.  You can obtain this FSA ID anytime, so apply for it early in the senior year
  • A source for scholarship searches that is nationally recognized is Fastweb.  It is affiliated with, the job search organization.  Each student fills out a personal profile of family background, interests, skills, possible areas of study, etc. and the site will email scholarship opportunities that the student may qualify for.
  • Other scholarship and student loan search sites:
  • Some corporations have scholarship opportunities for children of employees – parents can check with the Human Resources department at their jobs for applications or more information.
  • Be sure to check with your churches for scholarship opportunities, too.  Some denominations have scholarships available for students that are members of a congregation.