College Planning

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All PCHS families are encouraged to use Naviance Student for college planning.  Naviance is a portal for students and parents which includes goal-setting, college search tools, career exploration and more.  We also post the schedule for college reps and all scholarship information here.  Students receive their Naviance login credentials during their Freshman year. Contact the student’s counselor for more information on accessing Naviance.

Download the Naviance mobile app.

Meet the Colleges

All college rep visits will be held virtually under further notice.
Log into Naviance > Colleges > Colleges I’m Thinking About to view the list. Select Register Now for the visits you would like to attend. The meeting link will be available on the registration page 15 minutes prior to the meeting. (Watch the step-by-step screencast by Mr. Murphy.)

  • Spring College Fair: TBD

This fair is open to all current PCHS sophomores, juniors and their parents. List of colleges attending will be listed here when available.

Virtual Presentations

Application Procedures for Seniors & Parents:

We highly recommend that you watch this video BEFORE you submit any college applications.

Part 1 – Explanation of the College Application Process (by Mr. Palmasani)

  Part 2 – College applications through Naviance (by Mr. Murphy)

Freshman & Sophomore Parent presentation

Video coming soon

Junior Parents presentation


Conquering College Costs by Mr. Palmasani

Handouts to accompany presentation

Junior College Planning Meetings

Spring 2021 – More information to come

ACT  Test

IMPORTANT: Providence Catholic will be a testing site on Saturday, October 10, 2020.

This location is open to PCHS students ONLY.  The registration deadline is September 11, 2020, and you must use the special testing center code that was emailed to all PCHS seniors and their parents.

  • ACT Registration
  • ACT Test Dates
  • PCHS School Code:  142-375  (This is also referred to as the CEEB code or ACT code.)
  • PCHS Test Center Code:  170-600 (List this as your first choice of ACT test locations for the April test.)

SAT Test

Test Preparation

Information for College Applications

  • PCHS School Code:  142-375  (This is also referred to as the CEEB code or ACT code.)
  • School Profile Document contains other info you may need for your application.
  • provides resources and tools to help students create resumes that can frame their current life experiences in a way that highlights them as well rounded, quality individuals for college applications or employment.  A basic resume template is also available on Naviance > About Me > My Stuff > Resume.

Financing College Costs

  • Conquering College Costs Presentation: Frank Palmasani, one of our senior/college counselors and author of the book “Right College, Right Price,” will share ways to reduce college sticker price and show families how to find affordable college options.  This information is appropriate for parents of all grade levels.  See video above on this page.
  • FAFSA on the Web  Answers to  questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • ISAC   The Illinois Student Assistance Commission site provides information on the most popular methods to finding financial aid, including scholarships, grants and loans.
  • Scholarships: Scholarship opportunities and applications are posted on our Naviance site, under the “Colleges” tab.  Scholarships are added as they are received.
  • Scholarships & Resources for Catholic Students: This site offers unique scholarship opportunities for Catholic students including many in public service fields where they can make a positive difference in the world.  It also provides a list of valuable academic and career resources to further help Catholic students throughout their college and professional journey.


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