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Counselors' Corner » Post-Secondary Planning/College

Post-Secondary Planning/College

CPS's Learn.Plan.Succeed website outlines the various post-secondary planning options available to students including College, Military, Apprenticeships, Employment, Gap Year and Job Training. 
Our handbook is an overview of the JCP college planning process with a focus on the student/counselor/family responsibilities and expectations junior/senior year. 
The JCP School Profile is shared with colleges/university partners as part of the college application process.  
A list of resources helpful in preparing for a post-secondary plan
A list of college informational workshops available to students. 
An outline of information regarding the ACT/SAT 
Please visit the following link for scholarship resources. The scholarship list is updated on an ongoing basis and scholarships are added regularly. 
Scholarship Websites:
CPS Academic Works (Application cycle opens September 15, 2023)
Additional Scholarships:
What is it? A needs-based scholarship for high-achieving students from low-income families.
Eligibility: Rigorous courseload, Top 5-10% of graduating class, strong student academically and overall, has financial need and other personal circumstances that would prevent them from pursuing college without aid.
Application Process: Rigorous process with different stages.
Deadline: September 26, 2023
Award Amount: Full cost of attendance  
Information at:
Posse Foundation 

What is it? Posse’s four program components are designed to ensure our Scholars’ success. With support from Posse, Scholars excel at school, win competitive internships, and earn prestigious awards. After graduation, many of our alumni are admitted to elite graduate programs and hired for top jobs.

Eligibility: Students must be nominated by their high school or a community-based organization; be in the first term of their senior year in high school; demonstrate leadership within their high school, community, or family; and demonstrate academic potential. The Posse Scholarship is neither a minority nor a need-based scholarship. It is open to students of all backgrounds.

Application Process: Students participate in the Dynamic Assessment Process, Posse's unique nomination program.

Deadline: Nominations are due mid-June (School Nomination or Alumni Nomination)

Award Amount: Tuition only

Information at:

An outline of the financial aid process