College and Career

One of the most important decisions our students will make is what to do after graduation.  Our College and Career Success work focuses on encouraging students to explore their options for post-secondary education, and provides them with support and access to tools to help them accomplish their goals.

Resources for Parents and Students

Planning for college can begin as early as middle school, but don’t worry if you’re just getting started! We’ve put together some handy checklists and a downloadable guide to help you through the college process. We’ll start with preparing for college, lead you through choosing the college that’s the best fit for you, the application process and help you determine how you’re going to pay. Once you’ve made it through all these steps, be sure to take a look at the recommendations we’ve put together to help you be a successful college student.

Start with contacting the College Access & Career Adviser at your high school – your adviser has special tools and expertise to help you on the road to college.

There are many online search tools that can be helpful, including the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine, FastWeb, Chegg and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. Be suspicious of any scholarship or financial aid opportunity that requires you to pay a fee to be eligible.


College Goal Tennessee

PEF was proud to co-sponsor the 2016 College Goal Tennessee conference at UTC.

Here are some resources from the 2016 conference:

Career Development: What Do You Want to Do When You Grow UP?

College HATS: Which College Hat Will You Wear?

Financial Aid 101

Getting Involved: Making the Most Out of Your College Experience Through Involvement

Mythbusters: Uncovering the Truth Behind the Competitive Admissions Process

Career Construction: Don’t Be Basic



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