College & Career Center
College/Career Information Coordinator (CCIC): Mrs. Latasha Kelly
The Paint Branch High School Career Center is designed to help students explore areas of interest as they prepare for their future endeavors. This helps students understand the relationship between what they are learning in high school and other experiences to their post high school choices in business, the military or further educational opportunities. The extensive array of information available in the Career Center is intended to be used as an adjunct to the curriculum for all grade levels. Guest speakers and college representatives are frequent visitors to the Career Center.
The Career Center offers information about careers and colleges including: college majors, essays, and applications; financial aid; scholarships; resume writing; SAT, PSAT, ACT and other tests; and much more. It houses a wide variety of books, catalogues, computer programs with specialized guidance material, test registration forms, videos and other information resources.
Follow PB College & Career Center on Twitter @PB_CareerCenter
2023 Annual MCPS/NACAC College Fair
The 2023 Montgomery County National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) National College Fair will be held April 18, 2023, and April 19, 2023, at the Maryland SoccerPlex and Adventist Healthcare Fieldhouse in Germantown, from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., for students in Grade 11. Students from Paint Branch will go from 9:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Junior College Fair Letter & Permission Slip
The NACAC College Fair is free and open to the public.
2023 Annual MCPS/NACAC College Fair
The fair is open to all high school students and their families on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 from 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Included are workshops covering “How to Finance College” and “Applying to College 101-Simple Steps to Get You Started”.
Checklist for Seniors (Class of 2023)
Please review the following checklist that will assist with the college process and help you prepare to apply to colleges.
Seniors, please click here to create a MDCAPS account
Class of 2023 - Create Your FSA ID
Use the link below to create your FSA ID (parent & student).
Remember the FAFSA application opens on October 1, 2022.
Click here to access the FAFSA application
Need assistance with completing the FAFSA? CLICK HERE
Financial Aid Letter Comparison Sheet
FAFSA & Maryland Scholarships
FAFSA Step-by-Step Guide that walks students and families through each question of the FAFSA, including screenshots and explanations and a FAQ page for students with special circumstances. Here is the link https://www.standoutcollegeprep.com/fafsa-questions/
Maryland Scholarship Directory, a list of 100+ vetted scholarships for students across the state, broken down by month. Here is the link: https://standoutcollegeprep.com/washington-dc-and-maryland-scholarships/
Calling 9th, 10th & 11th grade students:
CLICK LINK TO APPLY TO EDISON!!!!
UPCOMING 22-23 SPRING COLLEGE VISITS
Juniors & Seniors, please be sure to use Naviance to sign up for the upcoming springcollege visits.
IMPORTANT SAT FEE WAIVER INFORMATION
Information for SAT Fee Waivers with College Board can be found below.
Also, if you have not done so yet. Please go to https://www.myschoolapps.com/ to complete the online lunch application to see if you are eligible for the SAT fee waiver.
Princeton Review: Free SAT Practice Test & Events
Please click the link to register for SAT, ACT, PSAT and AP strategy sessions.
22-23 SAT & ACT Test Dates*
2022-2023 SAT & ACT Test Dates
*Dates are subject to change.
DUAL ENROLLMENT: MCPS AND MONTGOMERY COLLEGE (MC) PARTNERSHIP INFORMATION
College Application Process
NAVIANCE - Naviance Student College Search & Application/Recommendations
Do you need access to Naviance? Go to https://clever.com/in/mcpsmd
Select "MCPS Students - Log In With Google" then click on Naviance.
Matching Common App & Naviance Tutorial Video
NEW Common App/Naviance Matching Tutorial
Requesting Letter of Recommendation Reference Guide
Student Letter of Recommendation Reference Guide
ACT / SAT Testing
- Click here for the most current list of scholarship opportunities!!!
- Common Black College Application - Apply to 63 HBCUs with one application for $20!
- UNCF Scholarships
- MCPS Web Scholarships
- Bold.org Scholarships
- Hispanic Scholarships
- Montgomery College Website
- Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) "College 411:Student Guide to Higher Education & Financial Aid In MD"
- NEW: MDCAPS Application Video
- 12th Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU College Fair)
- Choosing a Major
- The Common Application | Common App Tips | Common App PowerPoint
- The Coalition Application | Coalition App PowerPoint
- MCPS College & Career Center resource
- Maryland Colleges and Universities
- Maryland's Academic Common Market : Receive in-state tuition for unique majors at out of state colleges
- FAFSA Link https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
NEW: How To Get An FSA ID Video:
NEW: Line by Line FAFSA Completion Instructional Video:
- Financial Aid Calculator - Fafsa4caster
- MHEC Financial Aid Presentation
- Empowering Hispanics and Latinos in Finance
- A Guide to Credit for Hispanics & Latinos
Scholarship Search Sites
- www.fastweb.com - Great site! Profile-based database
- www.tuitionfundingsources.com - Lots of info! Profile-based database
- Best Online Guide to Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students
- EduMed: A Medical Student's Best Education Resource
NEW!!! Open Education Database is a great, extensive resource featuring information about MD schools, scholarships, loans, and more! Check it out: oedb.org/maryland/.
The College Scholarship Guide has many great tips and information about the scholarship application process. Check it out: www.thesimpledollar.com/college-scholarship-guide/.
NCAA Clearinghouse Link: https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/