Your Annual Plan to Pay for College
If you’re in 8th Grade
- Make sure you’re taking college-prep classes.
- Find out about jobs that sound interesting.
If you’re in 9th Grade
- Talk to a guidance counselor.
- Choose classes that challenge you, and that meet college entrance requirements.
- Get involved in special activities at school or in your community.
- Learn how to plan and organize your time.
If you’re in 10th Grade
- Create a file about colleges that interest you.
- Take the lead on a volunteer project at school or in your town.
- Get ready for the college entrance tests. This year, you can take the PLAN, a pre-ACT test.
- Discuss college costs with your parents, and see how you can help save money for college.
If you’re in 11th Grade
- Visit college campuses.
- Narrow your choices of colleges.
- Take the Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test(PSAT/MNSQT).
- Take the spring ACT test or SAT test.
- Get a summer job or internship in a field that interests you.
If you’re in 12th Grade
- Request recommendations from your teachers or other adults who know you well.
- Send your college applications out early.
- Keep taking advanced college-prep classes.
- Beginning in January, get those financial aid forms finished.
- Apply for scholarships available in your community or through your college.
- Take your AP Exams.
- Send your final high school transcript to your college.
- Attend the freshman orientation at your college.
SUMMING IT UP
Even if you haven’t done some of the steps above, don’t quit. Focus on a few colleges, find out the requirements to attend and get your applications in.