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Xello - This is a tool available to all MMSD students to explore and plan for college and career.

Log in through your school's home page (Log in Instructions).

Big Future - College Board provides their Big Future website to help students navigate the college application process. This is a resource that includes college searches, planning tools, scholarship opportunities, assessment resources, and many other tools to help you plan and put into action your college application process.

College Planning Guide For Parents

Apply to College

Madison College Application Apply to one of the 150+ career programs or liberal-arts pre-majors for transfer to a 4-year institution. See your school counselor for an application fee waiver

Common Black Colleges Application For $35 students can apply to any number of the 55 member institutions of the CBCA!  

Common Application  A college application for students to apply to multiple institutions at once. Students can create a Common Application account to apply for the institutions of their choice.

Paying for College

Types of Federal Aid

  • Grants—financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund)

  • Work-study—a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school

  • Loans—borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest

FAFSA - Apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form

And remember, the first F in “FAFSA” stands for “free”!

Scholarships - Free money available through an application process. Many scholarships are available for students who can not apply for aid through the FAFSA.

Scholarship Resources

Ordering Your MMSD High School Transcript

Transcripts may be ordered at Parchment.com by MMSD graduates, parents and guardians of students, and by current students (who are over the age of 18). This electronic service allows you to order transcripts online at any time and track the status of the transcripts that you have requested to be sent.

Capital High Post-Secondary Planning Website

Capital High College and Career Planning website (must be logged into your MMSD email to view)

School District College Planning

https://secondary.madison.k12.wi.us/college-planning