Helpful resources for college and career planning, SAT/ACT prep, financial aid, volunteering, summer programs and jobs.

Students and parents can find more resources in our Schoology course for Student Services, GCM College & Career Center folder. Here are some highlights: Notes from more than 120 college visits with GCM students, Fall 2020 (for questions on notes, email gkhumphreys@fcps.edu); SAT/ACT free prep and registration with directions and tips. List of local test prep companies compiled by FCPS (FCPS does not endorse any company). Help find colleges that fit your plans with My College Search - a Quick Start;

Also: Saving Money in the College Process and questions you need for Focusing Your Scholarship Search to maximize your time/chances. Plus an overall guide to Making a Financial Aid Plan to try and close the affordability gap. A general Scholarship Guide on how to search and apply. Look here for colleges that give a lot of aid to "international students" if you don't qualify for aid as a US Citizen or permanent resident. For college searching: a Quick Guide to Creating Your First Draft List of Colleges that fit your priorities and chances of admission. Examples of Colleges with Better-than-Average Admissions or Financial Aid to GCM (found schools of your own to add to this list? Email them to gkhumphreys@fcps.edu). Are you a GCM graduate? Check these tips that help paying for your undergraduate 4-year, community college or job and career training. 

A great college guide for Virginia and for college help in general, with financial aid info and worksheets for searching and comparing schools. Also en espanol.

Common App and Coalition App Tip Sheet - find answers to many of the frequently asked questions for the two major online college applications, including how to handle recommendations, how to list GCM classes, GPA and credits and tips for the Virginia Tech app. 

NOVA: Northern Virginia Community College 

GCM's contact at NOVA for help: Marshall has a staff member at NOVA who is assigned to our school to help with questions, registering, financial aid and getting started. Her name is Ms. Viri Acosta and she is at vacosta@nvcc.edu.

Here is the checklist of things you need to do to enroll at NOVA. It is open admissions - meaning you can enroll if you are on track to get your high school diploma or GED. If you have already taken a "Dual Enrollment" NOVA class at GCM, you will already have an account, so don't make a new one, login with that info.  Here are the 6 steps to starting at NOVA: https://www.apply.vccs.edu/applications/vccs/apply.html?application_id=4089.

NOVA aid advice: https://blogs.nvcc.edu/financialaid/

NOVA scholarships: https://nvcc.academicworks.com/

FAFSA federal aid form: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

NOVA Information to GCM Students from 10/28/21 slide presentation in English. Audio to listen to with slides is in Schoology, under Marshall Student Services course and College & Career folder, NOVA section. Info in Spanish from 10/27 parent/student session (audio also in Schoology). 

Scholarships in Naviance that you can use at NOVA or any college (make sure the scholarship can be used for a community college before applying). Go to https://www.fcps.edu/naviance (or Naviance link in Schoology under apps icon on homescreen). In Naviance, go to Colleges then Scholarships & Money then Scholarship List and Local & Regional Scholarships.

Gap Year - thinking about taking time off before attending college? Check out this sheet of information, tips and resources and the FCPS site https://www.fcps.edu/resources/college-and-career-planning/college-and-post-secondary-planning/gap-year. Colleges handle gap requests in different ways, see an example here https://www.wm.edu/admission/undergraduateadmission/how-to-apply/freshmanapplicants/gap-years/index.php and look at he process for schools you might apply to.