In the Fall of Your Junior Year:
Meet with your school counselor or adviser to make sure you are taking the correct classes for the education option you want. If you need to make changes you need to know it now.
Take the PSAT to practice for the SAT which you should take in the spring. If you already took it, take it again. Statiscally, every time you take the test you improve.
In the Winter of Your Junior Year:
Look around for a financial aid night that is put on by a local college or high school. Even if it is put on by a school you have no interest in attending, the information is probably the same.
You can get an idea of how much financial aid you will be eligible for by going online and filling out the FAFSA ForeCaster. If you fill this out now you will save yourself a lot of work next year when you fill out the FAFSA. The information you enter will transfer right over to the FAFASA. This form must be completed to receive federal financial aid.
In the Spring of Your Junior Year:
Sign up with your school and take the SAT or ACT. If you have a preferred college, find out which one they prefer by calling the admissions office. Your school counselor may also know.
Narrow the list of colleges you would like to attend. If you only have one college on your list then EXPAND it to 4 or 5. You should apply to several colleges so get a list of ones that interest you. Even if you have your one “dream” school, get more.
In the Summer After Your Junior Year:
Contact college admissions offices to get information about apply such as deadlines and requirements. This is also a good time to ask about financial aid and scholarships.
Start doing these things now and don’t leave it all until your senior year. The time is going to start going really fast!
© 2013 Roger D. Chamberlain