Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Student's College Planning Guide


Student’s College Planning Guide

Use this Planning Guide to help prepare you for educational opportunities after high school

 

In the 9th Grade

o  Take the most difficult classes you can handle

o  Take interest and skills assessments to help you explore careers that interest you

o  Develop good study habits

o  Practice setting and reaching goals

o  Volunteer in your community

o  Participate in extra-curricular activities

 

In the 10th Grade

o  Investigate career options and the education required for those careers

o  Talk with your family about paying for college

o  Take the PSAT to prepare for the SAT, and to identify areas where you need improvement

o  Explore internships

o  Stay focused on your schoolwork, review your high school graduation plan, take the most difficult classes you can handle, volunteer in your community and participate in extra-curricular activities.

 

In the 11th Grade

o  Request materials from colleges that interest you, and visit their websites

o  Attend college and financial aid fairs

o  Take the SAT to identify areas where you need improvement

o  Sign up for classes that will earn you college credit

o  Develop your skills through an internship or apprenticeship

o  Stay focused on your schoolwork, review your high school graduation plan, take the most difficult classes you can handle, volunteer in your community and participate in extra-curricular activities.

 

In the 12th Grade

o  Stay focused on your schoolwork, review your high school graduation plan, take the most difficult classes you can handle, sign up for classes that will earn you college credit, volunteer in your community and participate in extra-curricular activities.

o  Arrange campus visits to those schools that interest you (if you haven’t already done so)

o  Search and apply for private scholarships

o  Retake the SAT

o  Make a list of important admissions and financial aid deadlines

o  Ask for recommendations (if required) from teachers, counselor, and others who can comment on your abilities and talents

o  Apply to four to six colleges that interest you, do not wait until just before the deadline

o  Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible

o  Review your SAR (Student Aid Report) and if you make corrections return it as soon as possible

o  Get a summer job to earn money for college

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