The College and Career Center along with Bellevue High School Counselors use the Naviance program to provide resources, tools and information to guide students through the college application process. This program allows students to define their strengths and post-secondary interests, search a comprehensive database of colleges and scholarships and track their college application process.
Resources from in class counselor presentation and parent information night are stored in the document library in Naviance. Students and parents may access these tools at anytime during their college planning and application process.
Naviance is also used as a primary tool for communication between the college + career center, counselors and students. Notices and reminders about upcoming college visits, community college events and due dates will be sent to student using Naviance.
Paying for college can come from a variety of resources including financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans. Below are some resources to help you put together your college financial plan. Please remember, you should never have to pay for scholarship information. Avoid any websites that require payment for information.
- Scholarship information on Naviance. Click on the COLLEGES tab, at the bottom you will see “Scholarships & Money.”
- The FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) is the first step to receiving aid for college and is used by most schools to award financial aid. The FAFSA is available beginning January 1st of your senior year. Many financial aid deadlines are in mid-January so complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st.
- CSS/Financial Aid Profile is used by some colleges in addition to the FAFSA to determine financial aid which can be offered from sources outside of the federal government.
Student athletes need to register with the NCAA and submit transcript waivers to the counseling office. Please bring in two copies of the signed waiver along with two envelopes with postage & addressed to the NCAA Clearing House – one copy for the beginning of the year and
the 2nd copy for the end of the year.
College Application Workshops
Each fall seniors are encouraged to utilize the College Application Workshops which are offered every Tuesday and Thursday after school in the College + Career Center. The workshops are staffed by the College + Career Specialist along with volunteers who have extensive training and experience in college admissions. Students can seek assistance with choosing schools, The Common App, generating essay topics and essay review.
“I could not afford any college application tutor; having college workshop officers, so dedicated, helped me an incredible deal. I was very grateful for this experience.”
– BHS student at the University of Washington
“The college workshops gave me confidence in my essays and my application overall…the biggest support I got from the college workshops is the mental support to help me submit my applications with confidence.”
– BHS student at Swarthmore College