Career and College Planning

  • Believe it or not, if you’re in high school right now, you’re at a great point in your life. You have your whole life in front of you. And now is a good time to start thinking about your future, to make some initial plans; just remember that plans can be easily changed. Remember too, that experts predict that the average person will change careers — not just jobs — more than five times in his or her lifetime. Now is the time to pursue your dreams!

    As you start thinking about one or more potential educational and career paths, here are 10 things to remember in the days ahead.

    • Take time to think about what you like to do; dream and imagine ideal careers.
    • Challenge yourself in high school, but don’t overwhelm yourself.
    • Work, volunteer, or otherwise gain some experience.
    • Get as much education as you can.
    • Talk with as many adults as possible about careers and colleges.
    • Remember that everyone must follow his or her own path in life.
    • People change; don’t feel locked into any college or career now.
    • Don’t let anyone control your dreams and ambitions.
    • It’s never too early nor too late to get organized and begin making plans.
    • Never stop learning… read, grow, and expand your mind.


    High school is a real transition time for teens, as you move into adulthood and the more adult issues of work, careers, and college. It should be a time of growth as well as a time of challenge. Have fun, but get the best education you can so that you are positioned to take advantage of further educational opportunities… and no matter where you go after high school, never stop learning and growing.

Financial Aid



    *The FAFSA will open on October 1st for those planning to attend college in the fall of 2019.*

    Completing and submitting the FAFSA® is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.

    To get started, check out 



    Student Loan Calculator

    Click here for some useful tools in calculating student loans. 

Free Application Opportunities

  • Many colleges and universities charge a fee to apply, which can be up to $50. However, several colleges in Minnesota offer fee waivers for a variety of reasons. Check out the list below to see if your school offers any waivers, or see the school counselor to see if you qualify for educational benefits and/or are eligible for a waiver. 

    2018-2019 Minnesota Free Application Opportunities

    If you qualify, please fill out the application for the NACAC Fee Waiver

    Planning on applying to a school in another state? You can check in directly with that school, or stop in and see the school counselor to see if you are eligible. 

NDSU Tuition Discount

  • If you identify as Native American/American Indian, check out a great opportunity to get a tuition discount at North Dakota State University (NDSU) through their Cultural Diversity Tuition Discount. Stop in and see Carol Vik, Director of Indian Education, or the counselor for more information! 

College & Military Visits

    • College & Military visits will be listed in the Guidance Office calendar
    • Students will need to sign-up in the Guidance Office for visits that are taken place during class periods.
    • The calendar is updated after every scheduled visit.
    • For any questions please contact Noelle in the Guidance Office.