Planning Your Future

The Franklin High School counseling center is here to assist you with your college and career planning needs. The counselors focus intently on the process of preparing for testing and college applications, getting to know your strengths and creative passions, and encouraging you to expand your academic and extracurricular interests to strengthen your college resume.

  • The Common App website offers one application for over 400 colleges and universities across the country, including  University of Tenessee Knoxville, Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb, Ivy Leagues schools, and more.
  • The Common Black College Application website offers one central application for all Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • The Universal College Application website offers one central application for 45 colleges, including several that are not listed through The Common App website.
  • The Coalition for College is a diverse group of more than 140 distinguished colleges and universities across the United States that is committed to making college a reality for all high school students through its set of free, online college planning tools that helps them learn about, prepare for, and apply to college.
  • The College Scorecard is a great resource for choosing colleges, helping students to broaden their college search and compare their top-choice schools. By using the College Scorecard to compare costs and outcomes with their future degrees, students are better equipped to make these critical life decisions.
  • Fastweb allows students create a profile to qualify for scholarships based on their strengths, interests and skills. Students may also find colleges based on their interests and budget, or take advantage of the sites resources to help them with tough financial aid decisions.
  • Going Merry   Get matched with college scholarships instantly and apply online with a common App for students and tools for counselors and providers.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics   Students may find it helpful to use the Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Career Outlook page while researching careers.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form to apply for financial aid for college or grad school
  • FSA ID Use this website to create FSA ID, which is a username and password that gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature.
  • Complete a free profile, then get matched to scholarships and grants you’re qualified for from colleges, universities, organizations, foundations, corporations, government and more at

Check out the list of summer programs available across the country. These programs provide opportunities for students to possibly earn college credit while still in high school, be involved in a residency program, explore an area of interest on a deeper level, push themselves academically while experiencing college life, make friends with fellow students, and engage in social activities on a college campus.

  • Tennessee HOPE Scholarship is Tennessee’s educational scholarship program. Graduating seniors must have either a 3.0 GPA on the state Uniform Grading Policy scale (indicated as HOPE Scholarship GPA on WCS transcripts), or a 21 or higher ACT composite. FAFSA completion is required and is also considered the scholarship application as well.
  • High School graduates can become eligible for two years of free college at one of the state’s community colleges through the Tennessee Promise. Students must fulfill the requirements of the program, including community service hours.
  • College for TN gives access to information on public and private 2-year and 4-year institutions, as well as the Tennessee College of Applied Technology centers. The website also offers career exploration activities and links to help guide you through the process.
  • The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) provides over 20 different state student financial aid programs, including the HOPE scholarship, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Student Assistance Award, and the Dual Enrollment grant.
  • Students following one of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway options will earn their Associate’s Degree at a Tennessee community college, while having guaranteed admission to one of Tennessee’s 4-year colleges or universities to complete their four-year degree.
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) has 27 locations throughout the state. They are the state’s premier providers of state-of-the-art technical training for workers to obtain the technical skills and professional training necessary for advancement in today’s competitive job market. Tuition for most programs can be paid for through the TN Promise scholarship and/or the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant.

Need a transcript? Follow the instructions below.

Option 1: Classes of 2018 – 2021, you may submit your request online. No fee. (Test scores are not included and should be ordered through the testing agency.)

Option 2: Classes of 2017 and earlier, submit a request form and pay online. (Test scores are not included and should be ordered through the testing agency.)

Option 3: Visit the FHS Counseling Center and make the request in person. (Test scores are not included and should be ordered through the testing agency.)  Please allow several days for processing.

Need a duplicate diploma? Please download and complete the form. Mail it to the State of Tennessee, Department of Education.