high school kids

9–12th Grade

Get Ready for Life After High School

Do you need help figuring out what your next steps are? Are you thinking about going to college, finding a career? You are in the right place to figure out what you should be doing right now to prepare for the future.

We strive to:

  • Increase the percentage of high school students who complete high school with a postsecondary plan
  • Increase the percentage of high school students who graduate with a financial plan to successfully complete some postsecondary education
  • Increase the percentage of high school students who successfully complete a college course/credit by high school graduation




Jana Reenders

Our college adviser works within the school to foster a college-going culture and increase the number of students pursuing their education after high school. Our adviser is part of the school community and work closely with the school counselors to open the eyes of students and their families to the possibility of college.

From navigating the college admissions maze to identifying and making students aware of available TIP funding that may pay for their tuition and assisting students and their families with FAFSA applications, our adviser is an expert, mentor, champion, and guide for students. Visit Guidance Office or Student Services for more information.  




College Application Week

This is a national initiative with the goal to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply to a post-secondary option. // DETAILS

College Application Week is a national initiative with the goal to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply to a post-secondary option. Special focus is placed on assisting students who would be the first in their families to attend “college” and students who may not have otherwise seriously considered applying to “college”.

College Application Week is held in October at Grand Haven High School and Spring Lake High School. Talk to your counselors or TCAN college advisor if you have questions beforehand.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Help Event
TCAN will host its annual FAFSA Help event, formerly MI College Goal event, on November 9, 2016 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at Grand Haven High School. Any families looking for FREE help to complete the FAFSA from local college financial aid reps should come!  See your school counselor for more details or questions. 


College Goal Sunday Website

Decision Day

The goal of College Decision Day is to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary educational plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for postsecondary education. College Decision Day is held annually on or around May 1 and is designed to coincide with the date that most seniors must inform a college of their plans to enroll.




College Survival Kit
Every high school student, especially Juniors and Seniors, should take the time to go through this helpful kit as they prepare for life after high school! [ZIP file]


The kit provides resources to help students keep track of their personal college choices 9th – 11th graders in the Tri-Cities. 


All documents can be found at the link below or in the pdf under resources. Parents and students should print the appropriate documents and file them for future use. 


Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Filling out the FAFSA can be a straightforward and easy process. FAFSA on the Web (the online FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov) will guide you through the application.

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is an incentive program that encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond. [PDF]

9-11th and Senior Year Timeline/Checklist

Planning for college may seem overwhelming for many families. Whether you're a student or parent, the following college planning timelines will keep you on track and in the know throughout high school. [PDF]




Feel free to navigate through these helpful websites and learn about steps to a brighter future.

KnowHow2Go – You have big plans. Big dreams. You know college is where to start. But a dream is not enough.  You know why to go to college; we’re here to tell you how. There are specific steps you need to take and these sites can help you along the way.

MI College Goal – Get free, on-site professional assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid),; Talk to financial aid professionals about financial aid resources and how to apply; Get information regarding state-wide student services, admission requirements, and more!

Common Application – The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding over 35 years ago, has been committed to providing reliable services that promote equity, access, and integrity in the college application process. We serve students, member institutions, and secondary schools by providing applications that students and school officials may submit to any of our nearly 500 members. Membership is open to colleges and universities that promote access by evaluating students using a holistic selection process.

FuturePrep – Future Prep Educational Services is a Charlotte based company specializing in Standardized Test (SAT, GRE, & LSAT) preparation, curriculum development, and academic tutoring. Established in 2010, the company is dedicated to providing quality educational programs at an affordable price.

FAFSA – Complete Your FAFSA Now for Federal Student Aid. By Phone or Online.

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