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My name is Kaci Griffith and I am the counselor at Colorado High School. Along with my counseling responsibilities, I will also be teaching Pre-Calculus and Algebra 2 Honors. I have been working for CISD for 27 years and I am proud to call Colorado City my home. I am here to help students with scheduling, scholarships, college applications, financial aid, and various other things. 

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Financial Aid FAQs

Q: How do I get money for College?

Students usually combine a variety of sources to pay for college expenses.

*State & Federal Aid: Based on income and assets, you may be eligible for assistance in the form of grants, loans, or work study programs. You must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine your eligibility.

*College Based Aid: Many colleges can offer assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, etc. Most colleges require that students file the FAFSA in order to determine eligibility for various programs. Once you have been admitted, it is important to work closely with the Financial Aid Office at your college.

*Local Scholarships: Many local scholarships are offered through PHS. These may be applied for by filling out one local scholarship application due April 1 st each year.

*Scholarships, Grant & Loans: Visit the Financial Aid link of the counselor's web-page to access many on-line sources for college financial aid assistance.

Q: What forms do I need to file?

You should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is highly recommend that you complete the FAFSA online. This form can only be completed after October 1st of your senior year. You will need to secure a pin number to complete the process.

**Please note that filling out the FAFSA is now a graduation requirement. Therefore this must be done prior to graduation. If you are not going to college, you MUST sign an opt-out form. More information to come on all this.**

Q: What happens after I file the FAFSA?

Shortly after you send your form to the processing center, you will receive a report reflecting the information you supplied. You will be asked to review it for accuracy & make any necessary corrections. The report will also be sent to any colleges you requested when you completed the form. This report will indicate your eligibility for state and federal programs.

Q: When are the deadlines?

You should send the form in as soon as possible after October 1st of your senior year to allow amply time to process.

Q: Our income seems too high to qualify for state or federal aid. Should I file anyway?

Yes! Most colleges request that students file the FAFSA regardless of eligibility for state or federal aid. Also, depending upon your individual circumstances, you may be eligible for more than you thought. You'll only find out if you apply.

Q: What about scholarship recommendations?

It is important to give sufficient lead-time to those whom you ask to write letters for you. Requests should be made in writing, or if you have a form, be certain that your name is on the form. Be sure to include deadlines and other important information that would be useful in the letter. Also include an addressed, stamped envelope. Finally, a thank-you note to teachers, counselors, principals, employers, etc. who helped you is always appreciated.

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There are many scholarships available to all students. Colorado High School will provide information about local scholarships after spring break. There will be a senior class meeting to distribute the material along with an explanation of how to fill out the forms. For outside scholarships, I will put information in senior boxes as I receive it or I will add a link to this page. Below are some links to other outside scholarships for which you can apply. Pay close attention to deadlines and all requirements for each scholarship. They are all different. 

Don't forget to check with each college or university for their scholarships. Check the university specific websites to find out what they offer.


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HSF: Home (Hispanic Scholarship Fund)- links to several scholarships for graduating high school seniors. Once you begin filling out the online application, the site automatically tells you which scholarship programs you qualify for. 

Tuition Funding Sources - posts a new scholarship every day.


Test Prep Courses


This link takes you to March 2 Success, a free on-line test preparation course that will help students prepare for the SAT, ACT, state assessments, college placement, and military entrance exams.

It is a free, no-obligation tool that provides educational content to help anyone improve their knowledge and test scores.

ACT Prep

This is the official ACT preparation website. It is full of helpful links with study guides that help students prepare for the ACT.


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This link takes you to, an online test prep site for students interested in the ACT, SAT, or GRE.

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This link takes you to a SAT practice website maintained by the College Board, the same group that administers the SAT.

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Check out this website to help prepare for the PSAT.

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 ACT Information

Our high school code is 441420.




Sept 11, 2021 Aug 6, 2021 Aug 20, 2021
Oct. 23, 2021 Sept 17, 2021 Oct 1, 2021
Dec. 11, 2021 Nov 5, 2021 Nov 19, 2021
Feb. 12, 2022 Jan 7, 2022 Jan 21, 2022
Apr. 2, 2022 Feb 25, 2022 Mar 11, 2022
June 11, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 20, 2022
July 16, 2022 June 17, 2022 June 24, 2022


The ACT will be given to seniors at CHS on October 5, 2021 (date subject to change).

The ACT will be given to juniors at CHS on February 22, 2022 (date subject to change).

You will need to create an account online at the ACT website. This is where you will register for any test you take other than the two listed above. This is also where you will go to check your scores.

SAT Information

Our high school code is 441420.

Aug. 28, 2021 July 30, 2021 Aug 17, 2021
Oct. 2, 2021 Sept 3, 2021 Sept 21, 2021
Nov. 6, 2021 Oct 8, 2021 Oct  26, 2021
Dec. 4, 2021 Nov 4, 2021 Nov 23, 2021
Mar 12, 2022 Feb 11, 2022 Mar 1, 2022
May 7, 2022 April 8, 2022 April 26, 2022
June 4, 2022 May 5, 2022 May 25, 2022

More information can be found on the SAT website.

Be sure and check out the March 2 Success page for free test preparation.

Timeline for Juniors & Seniors

Junior Timeline


Become familiar with Mrs. Griff's webpage. There is A LOT of pertinent information here for you. (From the district website, click on "High School," then "Counselor.")

Make sure that you attend all scheduled Financial Aid/College Application Help nights.


Sign up and take the ACT or SAT. Check the Mrs. Griff's webpage for dates. Use the Test Prep materials available on the webpage to help you prepare. You can also check with Mrs. Bazany in the library. She has some study materials you can check out. (Sign up for the SAT Question of the Day, take practice tests.)

Narrow your list of possible colleges to your top 3 to 5 choices. Juniors are allowed two “college days”. Make an appointment to visit one of the colleges on your list. Be prepared for the visit by making a list of questions ahead of time.

Compose a list of your accomplishments while in high school (extracurricular activities, awards, recognition, clubs, organizations, offices held, volunteer activities, work experience, etc). If you don't have this started already, I would suggest you get started as soon as possible. You will need this information for college applications and scholarships. Use this information to create your resume'.

Senior Timeline



Memorize your social security number and school code. (441420) You will use these many times this year. Re-take the SAT and/or ACT to improve scores. (Check the colleges you plan to attend. Many have merit scholarships based on your SAT and/or ACT score.) Use the test prep materials available on Mrs. Griff's webpage to help you prepare.

Update your resume'. Ask for letters of reference from school personnel, employers, or church leaders. Be sure to give the person you are asking a copy of your resume', so that they can include specific examples of your experience.

Apply to the top 2-3 colleges that you have chosen. If you are applying to Texas colleges, go to Apply Texas. This will allow you to use one common application for several colleges.

Seniors are granted two "college days". Make an appointment with one of the colleges on your list. Prepare for the visit with a list of questions you would like to ask while there.

Become VERY familiar with Mrs. Griff's webpage. There is MUCH information here to guide and help you. Make plans to attend the Financial Aid Night. I will be available after school by appointment only during the fall to help with FAFSA, college applications, and scholarship applications. Take advantage of this time as there will be little time during the school day for me to help with these things.

Sign up with a scholarship search engine to receive scholarships that fit your profile. (Available on Mrs. Griff’s webpage.)


Plan a second "college day" to visit a school of choice.

Check Mrs. Griff's webpage for new scholarship opportunities. I will add any information as I receive it. Also, make a point to check your senior box on a regular basis. Some scholarship information will be found there as well.

Important Dates

August 1-Apply Texas opens for the 22-23 school year

August 12-First day of school

August 11-WTC classes begin

August 30-TSTC classes begin

September 20-FAFSA night, more info to come

October 1-FAFSA opens

October 5-ACT for seniors at CHS (date subject to change)

December 1-college applications should be completed

To provide a student-centered environment that cultivates character, promotes academic excellence, and embraces diversity. Students will achieve their maximum potential and become productive citizens that provide a lasting contribution to our society.

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