College and Career Specialists are located at all five of the high schools in PVSchools. Our specialist is located in the guidance office and works closely with our guidance counseling team. They assist all students with deciding on their college or career path choice that is right for them. The specialist is here to serve students and parents that have any concerns about and applying for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), scholarships, colleges, and more. For students and parents seeking more in-depth and detailed information on college or career options are welcome to schedule an individual appointment with our specialist.
Naviance is a web-based resource that is utilized by the students and available to parents. Shadow students are able to access Naviance Student through the Authentication Portal. This system offers many college and career planning tools such as:
- Interest Surveys
- Career Exploration
- Free Test Preparation (SAT & ACT)
- College Searches
- Scholarship Searches
- Ordering Transcript
- College Visit Schedules
- Many More Helpful Tools
Maricopa Community College
Shadow is in contact with the admission representative for 8 of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges' (MCCCD). The MCCCD Programs have been nationally recognized in assisting more than 200,000 students to achieve their academic goals. These accredited colleges offer a diverse range of programs at their convenient locations throughout the Valley. The main goal of all MCCCD colleges is student success. There is wide variety of programs that include:
- Two-Year Associate Degree
- Occupational Certificates
- Online Classes
- Dual Enrollment Programs
There is a $15 registration fee when signing up for courses. Tuition for Maricopa County residents is $86 per credit hour for the 2019-20 academic year.
Our specialist collaborates with representatives from the top four universities in Arizona. These four universities work with the Maricopa County Colleges' to secure that credits and two-year associates are transferable to the university level.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
This is an application for current and prospective college students to complete in order to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. If FAFSA qualifies a student for federal grants, loans, or a work-study programs, the money is disbursed directly to the college of your choice. The grant or loan money received by the school will be applied towards the student's tuition, fees, room and board (for students living on campus). FAFSA is good for one academic school year and will need to be filled out each academic year the student is attending college.
Students have the opportunity to apply to a wide variety of scholarships. Scholarships are an award of financial aid that applies for student to further their education. A scholarship is awarded depending on the criteria of the award, which reflect the values and purposes of the award donor/founder. The repayment of scholarship money is not required.
College Essay Resources
Students applying to college may have to submit an essay as part of the admission process. The purpose of the essay is for the institution to gain more insight about the student than just their test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. The student is able to share their personal views of the themselves and of the world to see if the student would be good fit their campus.
For students that have acquired a certain set of skills in that fall in the trade fields will still need the education and experience. Students have the option to go to trades schools that provide tools for students gain mastery level of their trades area.