Get Ready for College - LCHS North

Not sure about college? Apply for the money now and decide later. If you wait, chances are you’ll get less.

Click here for a College Planning Checklist. Beginning in Sophomore year, this printout walks you through what you should do to prepare for college sophomore year, junior year and senior year.


Macomb Tuition Advantage

How it works:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Apply for and receive all financial aid benefits you qualify for
  • Macomb Tuition Advantage covers what is left after #2
  • You’ll automatically qualify/nothing to fill out
  • The award is eligible for renewal for up to 3 years for Michigan adults without college degrees to pursue a Pell-eligible associate degree or industry-recognized certificates.


  • Annual family income of $70,000 or less
  • Must be a Michigan resident.
  • $50,000 or less in assets
  • Attend Macomb full-time (minimum 12 credits per semester)
  • Maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Make continued progress toward an associate degree
  • Must fill out the FAFSA each year you’re eligible
  • Must not have previously earned an associate or baccalaureate degree.
  • Ready to get ahead of college debt with Macomb Tuition Advantage?
  • File your FAFSA today to get started!

Macomb’s Federal School Code: 008906 




Potential College Athlete Guide

In order to play college sports, you must be eligible through the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) or the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).  We advise all potential college athletes to aim for NCAA Division 1 Eligibility, so they can accept all offers.  Here are the steps to help you through the process of initial eligibility.  


  • Talk with your coach about your interest in playing college sports.
  • Meet with your counselor to discuss your plans.  
  • Check the NCAA Division 1 minimum eligibility requirements.
  • Count your Core high school classes taken.
  • Schedule your classes to meet NCAA Division 1 eligibility requirements.
  •  Schedule your classes to meet eligibility requirements.
  • Calculate your Core GPA.  Retake classes to raise your core GPA (if needed).
  • Decide which college you will sign up to play with.
  • Complete an online application to the college of your choice.
  • Create a Parchment account to view and send your transcripts.
  • Register with or
  • Request your ACT or SAT scores be sent directly to NCAA or NAIA.
  • Request your transcripts be sent to NCAA or NAIA.




Fair Opportunity Project - This is a wonderful resource for students and parents.  Check it out!

Table of Contents

  • Section I: The College Application
  • Chapter 1: College Application Timeline
  • Chapter 2: Starting Your College Search
  • Chapter 3: Standardized Tests
  • Chapter 4: Creating a College List
  • Chapter 5: Organizing the College Application
  • Chapter 6: Letters of Recommendation
  • Chapter 7: The Application
  • Chapter 8: The College Essay
  • Chapter 9: Optional Interview
  • Chapter 10: Update Letter
  • Chapter 11: Post Submission
  • Section II: Affording College
  • Chapter 12: Financial Aid
  • Chapter 13: Scholarships
  • Section III: Before College Applications
  • Chapter 14: Timeline Before College Applications
  • Chapter 15: Picking High School Courses
  • Chapter 16: Taking Initiative and Starting Projects
  • Chapter 17: Summer Experiences
  • Section IV: Essays that Worked: From Common App to Supplements
  • Chapter 18: Experience Essays
  • Chapter 19: Reflection Essays
  • Chapter 20: Strict Prompt Essays
  • Chapter 21: Short Response
  • Section V: Feedback and Additional Tools