Archive for College Planning

College Boot Camp – Weds. July 13

College Boot Camp is designed for high school graduates and young adults transitioning into a college setting. In this 3-hour program, participants learn such things as campus life, how to connect with peers, how to decode a syllabus, how to set healthy boundaries and navigate difficult conversations with roommates, and how to access resources.  One of our aims is to enhance participants’ self-advocacy, time management, organizational and communication skills.  Participants also become aware of the dangers of substance abuse on college campuses (particularly the abuse of Amphetamines, such as Adderall and Ritalin) and dating/partying safety. To learn more about the curriculum or to register, please contact Silvia Acosta at 847-492-1778 or email at

College Boot Camp – Sat. Aug. 8


Presentation by Frank Bruni – Thurs. April 9


“It’s OK” presentation by Frank Bruni, author of Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be:  An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania (sponsored by Family Action Network)

Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

New Trier High School, Northfield Campus
Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield
For more info, visit

Shimer College Early Entrance Program for Gifted High School Students

Need more challenge than high school is offering? Shimer College can help.

Join us for a conversation on the Early Entrance program at Shimer College. Shimer’s small, discussion-based classes have been providing a haven for gifted students prior to high school graduation for over 60 years. Speak with current students and alumni, faculty, and staff while enjoying refreshments at the Creative Coworking lounge in downtown Evanston. Interested students, family, counselors and more are welcome.

WHEN: Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 3-5pm
WHERE: Creative Coworking Lounge, 922 Davis St, Evanston, IL
RSVP: Not required, but contact Adrian Nelson (, 312-235-3549) or online at

College Planning Workshops @ EPL – Sept. 7 & 14

A new series of programs designed  in partnership with the ETHS College and Career Center to help teens and their families learn more about finding the right pathway for them in terms of careers and colleges.Please register for each session you plan on attending.

Session 1:  What Do Colleges Want Anyway?
Participate in an admission activity where you learn the value of all the necessary parts required of an applicant.  Register.
Saturday. September 7, 10:00-11:00am, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Session 2: Community College- You Might Be Surprised
Take a closer look at the financial, academic and career benefits of community college as your Plan A. If you don’t think Oakton Community College is for you, consider a community college outside of your community. Register.
Saturday, September 7, 11:30am-12:30pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Session 3: How Do I Start? Preparing for College for Juniors
With priority deadlines and early action plans looming, get organized and know what’s expected at the start of the application season. This class will also address essay writing.  Register.
Saturday, September 14, 10:00am- 11:00am,Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Session 4: P.A.S.S.: College- Who’s Going to Pay for All of This?

Learn about various financial aid programs available, scholarships, saving, and differences in assistance. Get planning now! Register. 
Saturday, September 14, 11:30am-12:30pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Opportunity to Mentor an ETHS Student

Want to make a big difference in the life of an ETHS student? Become a mentor for Evanston Scholars.  You get matched with a highly motivated student who is the first one in their family to go to college. Mentor them, guide them through the application process, the selection process and then stay in touch to help them through college. It’s a great way to give back and make a big difference in the life of two families in our community -the student’s and your own!

FAFSA Assistance at EPL – Thurs. Jan 10

Not sure how to fill out the FAFSA form to apply for college financial aid?  The Evanston Public Library will host representatives from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) who will walk you through the FAFSA applications step by step. ISAC mentors will also help you navigate the forms and offer advice on preparing your FAFSA application for submission.

Filling out FAFSA: Step by Step
Thursday, January 10, 7-9 pm, Third Floor Computer Lab, Main Library
You will need to bring:

  • Your Social Security Number (or alien registration number);
  • Your Driver’s License (if any);
  • Student and parent(s) 2011 or 2012 tax and W2 forms;
  • Child support paid or received or any other untaxed income;
  • Student and parents’ current balances of cash, savings and checking;
  • Student and parents’ asset information (stocks, bonds, 529 savings plans and all other investment information);
  • Parents’ birthday, date of marriage/separation/divorce (if applicable);
  • A 4 digit PIN to act as your electronic signature.

Bilingual assistance will be available at this program.  If all of your questions aren’t answered at this program you can sign up for one-on-one sessions at the Library with an ISAC mentor on January 11 or 19. For teens and their parents.

Please register – space is limited!
FAFSA Step by Step 1-10-13.pdf