Group of High School Graduates

Preparing for College

Based on a series of previous face-to-face events held in Chesterfield libraries, the CCPS Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) and the CCPS Office of School Counseling Services have collaborated to share information through videos, links to websites, and virtual sessions to respond to frequently asked questions and provide other information.

Please review FAQ’s and the Timeline for an overview and general information.

If you cannot find the answers you are looking for, we recommend that you make an appointment with your student’s school counselor.

College Preparation Series

Quick Tips for Applying for College

Testing, letters of recommendation, applications, essays, and transcripts can seem daunting. We are here to help.

Faqs and Deadlines


A general timeline shows what action is typically needed or required during high school and each month of senior year.  Please review and forward all questions to your school counselor.  Start by considering what college is best for your child.

College Fair and Virtual College Visits

High school juniors, seniors and families are invited to attend the 2022 college fair. More than 80 colleges and universities will be in attendance.


Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6-8 pm 


Monacan High School
11501 Smoketree Drive
Richmond, VA 23236

College Essay - Tell Your Story

Emily Stains, Chesterfield County Public Schools curriculum specialist for secondary literacy, explains some basic concepts and ideas for writing the college essay.

Additional Resources

Crafting an Unforgettable College Essay

Grasp Information

Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP) is a career and college access organization with a goal of ensuring every student has an equal opportunity for continuing education after high school, regardless of financial or social circumstances. GRASP helps all students and their families, with a focus on financially disadvantaged households, by

  • Giving inspiration and hope that their goals are attainable

  • Assisting with the financial aid process and awarding scholarships

  • Supporting the attainment of post-secondary goals at the lowest possible cost

The program encourages high school seniors to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as a first step toward their postsecondary education/training goals. GRASP Advisors can assist students/families with FAFSA completion, virtually and free of charge.

GRASP’s financial aid advising services are available throughout the academic year. For more information, visit the GRASP website, email, call 804-923-0059 or contact your school’s counseling office to make an appointment with the school’s GRASP Advisor.