College Information


The first day to complete is October 1.  Don't wait too long or money will run out.

When should I apply to college?

Completing your applications by Halloween (October 31) of your senior year ensures meeting all early action and early decision deadlines, however many schools have rolling admission and will accept applications into the spring.

How do I apply to college?


  1. Complete an online application at the university's Undergraduate Admission page.

  2.  Click on the Parchment link to create an account and request your transcripts to be sent electronically. 

  3. Submit any required forms such as letters of recommendation, personal statements, counselor forms to your counselor for uploading to your Parchment account.


Need help completing your applications?

Counselors are available anytime to meet with students in their offices upon request.  In addition, students can report to the Counseling Office during all lunch periods or early release time to get assistance with college applications and financial aid.

ISAC (Illinois State Assistance Commission) and the guidance department have partnered to provide seniors with college application and FAFSA completion.  Please sign-up in the guidance office to meet with our ISAC representative at TFS.


Looking for a Great College?


Career Cruising

Career Cruising is an online portfolio to research careers, colleges, and financial aid.  All TFS students and parents have account access.

Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC)

IACAC provides various publications including "12 Reasons to Stay in Illinois" and "State Universities in Illinois - at a Glance." provides general information for all 12 state public universities.

User-friendly guides and rankings that lead students of all ages on their personal path to a college degree. We are dedicated to helping students find the school that best meets their needs.

College Week Live

This site offers online college fairs to get more information on several colleges and universities.


This site offers a student-college matching service. First, you create a profile of your academic and extracurricular interests. Then, you'll hear from colleges that think you'd be a good match for them.

College Board

This is one of the most comprehensive college-search sites based on specific criterion of student interests.

Colleges of Distinction

This site focuses on 240 colleges that emphasize engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community, and successful outcomes.

College View

College View's website offers a lot of details about colleges across the country, including information on admission, financial aid, majors, and student life.

Educational Theatre Association

Contains a wealth of information about more than 270 college theatre programs.

My College Guide

This site offers advice for navigating the search process, getting into college and surviving college. It also allows you to browse institutions by region, cost, size, community, or type of college.

National College Fairs

Free and open to the public, National College Fairs and Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of post-secondary institutions.

NACAC Step By Step

College awareness and planning.

Peterson's Guide

Peterson's offers information on colleges' location, enrollment, test scores, tuition, and entrance difficulty.

Princeton Review

Here you'll find statistical information about a variety of colleges, but also a more subjective view. A “student says” section provides unedited student comments about various colleges, while the “school says” section gives you the college's version.

What's Next Illinois?

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) provides planning for high school, career, college, and financial aid.