11-12th Grade

Tips for 11-12th Graders

Junior and senior year make up the most critical time in the application process. Colleges want to see students on an upward trajectory as they prepare to leave high school. They expect students to begin enrolling in college level courses (AP or DE) and to continue to earn high grades (As and Bs). We are here to support you with planning out a college preparatory schedule and selecting colleges that are a good match for your career interests, academic performance, and personality. We will walk with you through the process of filling out applications, brainstorming and editing essays, submitting scholarship and financial aid forms, and more.

Please see the links below for more information:

  • Links to handouts coming soon…


Senior College Planning Meeting at T.C. Williams, cohosted with T.C. Williams School Counseling Department (for families of seniors on September 26, 2017)

School Counselors, the College & Career Center, and the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria will discuss:

Navigating the College Application Process – Naviance and Common App
College Entrance Exams – SAT/ACT
Choosing Match/Fit Colleges (academically, socially, and financially)
How to Pay for College – FAFSA, Institutional Aid, and Scholarships

  • Register for interpretation services
  • PowerPoint Presentation from 2016
  • Event Handouts from 2016

FAFSA Completion Workshops at T.C. Williams (for families of seniors on October 4, 2017 and on November 14, 2017)

Need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Drop by any time between 4 and 7:30pm for free, confidential assistance from financial aid professionals. Every senior should fill out the FAFSA to qualify for money from the federal government, the state of Virginia, and colleges. Filling out the FAFSA is free and takes less than 30 minutes. It does not include essays, consider students’ grades, or obligate families to take out loans. Please click here for a list of documents to bring with you to the workshop.

  • Register for interpretation services
  • Event Handouts from 2016

Scholarship Fund Application and FAFSA Completion Workshop (for families of seniors on January 23, 2018)

SFA staff will offer a brief presentation on our scholarship selection process and then students will have time to work on their applications or brainstorm essays with the help of SFA staff members. Can’t make the workshop? Please stop by A-121 or A-115 with any application questions!

  • Register for interpretation services
  • Event Handouts from 2016

National Decision Day at T.C. Williams

Seniors, stop by the Titan Den during your lunch block to decorate a free t-shirt with your post-secondary plans, enjoy a cupcake, and enter for a chance to win a gift basket full of supplies for your dorm room. We look forward to celebrating you and your plans for after high school!

College Planning for Juniors at T.C. Williams

School Counselors, the College and Career Center, and the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria will provide an overview of everything you need to know about the college application process, including:

Choosing colleges that are the right fit for you
Paying for college – scholarships and financial aid
Student, counselor, and parent responsibilities
Step-by-step application checklist
Answers to your technical questions about admission essays, SAT/ACT, letters of recommendation, Common App, NOVA, and more

  • Register for interpretation services
  • PowerPoint Presentation from 2017
  • Event Handouts from 2017

College Success Workshops (for Class of 2018 Scholarship Fund of Alexandria recipients in May)

Workshops are designed to help graduating seniors prepare for the transition to college and to ensure that the Scholarship Fund not only supports you in applying to and paying for college, but also in becoming a successful student once you’re there. Scholarship Fund of Alexandria recipients in the Class of 2018 will have the chance to register for the workshop(s) of their choosing.

Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Awards Program (for Class of 2018 Scholarship Fund of Alexandria recipients and their families on June 6, 2018)

Class of 2018 recipients will be honored with their scholarship certificate and have the opportunity to meet supporters of the Scholarship Fund. Families and friends are invited to attend and to stay for a dessert reception following the program.

Ready to Learn More?

Reach out to Margaret Feldman, Director of College Advising for grades 11-12 and T.C. Alumni.

(703) 824-6730
T.C. Williams High School
Room A-115