College Planning

College planning is an exciting and somewhat stressful endeavor. A worldwide pandemic may increase anxiety and stress as you pursue your postsecondary plans. This site is meant to be a useful tool to support you as you continue to plan for and reach your post high school goals during this time. A website is never a replacement for meaningful conversations, reach out to your school counselors and other trusted adults to guide you through this process during this time. 

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MMSD Grading and Adjusted Graduation Requirements During Spring 2020

Know that colleges and universities WILL NOT penalize you for the grading shift our school district put into place for the Spring 2020 semester  MMSD moving to a Pass/No Pass grading system will not impact your chances of getting in to a college. Your transcript will indicate this adjustment by stating "Second Semester COVID 19. Pass/No Pass grading in place".  If a college, scholarship funder or other third party requires you to submit your GPA from Spring 2020, MMSD will support you with this.


COVID-19 Updates from Colleges and Universities

  • NACAC COVID-19 (National Association of College Admissions Counselors) - This site will give you updated information on deadlines from most colleges and universities in the country.

  • Madison College COVID-19 Info for Seniors - Madison College is here to help you continue to meet your post high school goals. 

  • UW HELP COVID-19 Resources - Check out the Campus Resources link to find current information from every UW System School (UW Madison, UW Whitewater etc)

  • WAICU  COVID-19 (WI Association of Independent Colleges and Universities) - Find COVID-19 19 information from each of the WI Independent Colleges and Universities (Edgewood, Ripon, Marquette etc)

Paying for College during COVID-19

  • Paying For College Checklist - this will support you in creating a strong financial plan for college.
  • You MUST still complete a FAFSA if you are planning to attend college in the fall and you'd like to qualify for grants, work-study or low interest rate federal loans. Tis opened on October 19. See our "Paying for College" tab for more information
  • Check your email often - you may receive Financial Aid information from your college. 
  • Scholarships  - this is a great time to keep searching for money for college. Search for local scholarshiops though your Xello account and check our Paying for College page. 
  • Look for scholarships directly through the college you are planning to attend as well. They usually have a page linked from their Financial Aid office page. 

College Testing during COVID-19

Student Athletes - NCAA COVID-19 Information

  • NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 Response - Given the unprecedented events due to COVID-19, the NCAA Eligibility Center has partnered with the NCAA membership to identify adjustments to the initial-eligibility certification process. adjustments.

Class of 2021 and Beyond Helpful Hints

  • Stay as engaged in your coursework as possible during this time. Colleges understand we are all in stressful situations, however,  do your best to stay involved in your learning. 

  • Continue to explore colleges virtually to help you find your fit. Xello is a great tool to help you discover what you are looking for in a school and to determine if it is a good fit for you. (Log in through your school's website)

  • Virtually visit colleges. YouVisit, Campus Tours and YouTube are great ways to get a feel for a campus. Many schools offer tours right through their websites.
  • Take advantage of your FREE Subscription to Method Test Prep to prepare for the ACT Exam. You can access this directly through your Xello account. 
  • Stay involved in your extracurricular activities and hobbies as best you can during this time. 
  • Find innovative ways to give back and volunteer in your community. Volunteer Crowd has several great ideas for how to give back during COVID-19.