College Planning

Where do I start?

The counseling office is great place to start planning your life after high school. McLain students have many options, and the sooner students begin planning, the easier it will be to transition into a college
or tech school.

Contact your counselor by phone or email.

Community college - a great deal!

Many McLain students start their college or career education at one of the local public community colleges. Use a link below to go directly to the college admissions page.

Red Rocks Community College
Front Range Community College
Arapahoe Community College

Red Rocks Community College


The Red Rocks campus is just down the hill from McLain.

What can I study in Colorado?

Colorado has a huge number post-secondary education options, in a variety of fields.

Check out this list.

Colorado needs YOU to go to college!

Why? Because of the
Colorado Paradox

How does Colorado help me?

Colorado helps state residents pay their college tuition through its College Opportunity Fund (COF). As soon as 

you decide to go to college,

Apply for your COF money.
You will need your social security or driver's license number to complete this application.

I've always wanted to be a...


The US Department of Labor Statistics maintains a huge database of careers and jobs, called O*net. You can search careers by industry, job family, and skillsets! You can even find entry-level salaries and learn if positions are predicted to increase in the near future.

Will the federal government help?

The US federal government also provides financial help for college students, through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, application process.

Get started by applying for your

FAFSA personal identification number (PIN).

I'm not going to community college. How do I apply to a different school?

Many in-state and out-of-state colleges
use a single admissions application,
called the Common Application.

See what colleges use the Common Application
and find out how to apply

Use the documents below to request a letter of recommendation or request to have your transcripts sent to a college

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