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9th Grade

Action Plan: High School Freshmen Fall Plan for the Year Ahead

  • Meet with your counselor to discuss your college plans. Review your schedule with him or her to make sure you're enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, history, math, science, and a foreign language.
  • Use College Search to find out the required courses and tests of colleges that you might be interested in attending.
  • Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
  • Get more involved with your extracurricular activities.
  • Go to college fairs in your area. Winter Learn about Colleges.
  • Learn about college costs and how financial aid works.
  • Use the College Savings Calculator to see how much money you'll need for college, whether you're on track to save enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal. Talk to your parents about financing college.
  • Visit colleges while they're in session.
  • Find out about college firsthand from college friends who are home for the holidays. Prepare for Tests.
  • Talk to your counselor and teachers about taking SAT Subject Tests™ in your strong subjects this spring. Take Subject Tests such as World History, Biology E/M, and Chemistry while the material is still fresh in your mind. Spring Stay Focused.
  • Sign up for college preparatory courses. Consider AP® courses.
  • Study for May AP Exams. Get free AP preparation. Explore Summer Opportunities.
  • Look for a great summer opportunity — job, internship, or volunteer position.
  • Check with your counselor and search online for summer school programs for high school students at colleges. Summer Make the Most of Your Break.
  • Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books.
  • Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you.
  • Finalize your summer plans.

10th Grade

Action Plan: High School Sophomores Fall Plan for the Year Ahead

  • Meet with your counselor to discuss your college plans.
  • Review your schedule with him or her to make sure you're enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, history, math, science, and a foreign language.
  • Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
  • Get more involved with your extracurricular activities.
  • Use College Search to find out the required courses and tests of colleges that you might be interested in attending.
  • Go to college fairs in your area. Consider Taking the PSAT/NMSQT®.
  • Sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT, which is given in October. Ask your counselor which date is offered at your school. Get free online PSAT/NMSQT practice.
  • If you're taking the PSAT/NMSQT check 'yes' for Student Search Service® to hear about colleges and scholarships. Winter Prepare for Tests.
  • Use the access code on your PSAT/NMSQT score report to sign in to My College QuickStart™. With this personalized planning kit, you can prepare for the SAT using a study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT results and explore lists of suggested colleges, majors, and careers.
  • Talk to your counselor and teachers about taking SAT Subject Tests™ in your strong subjects this spring. Take Subject Tests such as World History, Biology E/M, and Chemistry while the material is still fresh in your mind. Learn about Colleges.
  • Learn about college costs and how financial aid works.
  • Use the College Savings Calculator to see how much money you'll need for college, whether you're on track to save enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal. Talk to your parents about financing college.
  • Visit colleges while they're in session.
  • Find out about college firsthand from college friends who are home for the holidays. Spring Stay Focused.
  • Sign up for college preparatory courses. Consider AP® courses.
  • Study for May AP Exams. Get free AP preparation. Explore Summer Opportunities.
  • Look for a great summer opportunity — job, internship, or volunteer position.
  • Check with your counselor and search online for summer school programs for high school students at colleges. Summer Make the Most of Your Break.
  • Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books.
  • Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you.
  • Finalize your summer plans.

11th Grade

Action Plan: High School Juniors Fall

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT
  • At school, sign up early to take the PSAT/NMSQT® in October. Get PSAT/NMSQT tips and a free practice test. Start Your College Search.
  • Start with you: Make lists of your abilities, preferences, and personal qualities. List things you may want to study and do in college.
  • Jumpstart your college planning by reading about majors and careers.
  • Use College Search to find colleges with the right characteristics. Start Thinking about Financial Aid.
  • Talk to your counselor about your college plans and attend college night and financial aid night at your school. Use financial aid calculators to estimate your aid eligibility and college costs. Winter Plan Your Spring Testing Schedule.
  • You can take either the SAT Reasoning Test™ or up to three SAT Subject Tests™ on one test day. Plan your testing schedule carefully if you want to take both types of SAT®. See the SAT schedule of test dates and register online for the SAT.
  • Use the access code on your PSAT/NMSQT score report to sign in to My College QuickStart™. With this personalized planning kit, you can prepare for the SAT using a study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT results and explore lists of suggested colleges, majors, and careers. Spring Get Ready for the SAT.
  • Visit the SAT Preparation Center™ to take a free full-length official practice test and get a score and skills report. Be sure to sign up for The Official SAT Question of the Day™ for daily practice. Explore Colleges.
  • Start visiting local colleges: large, small, public, and private. Get a feel for what works for you. Develop a list of 15-20 colleges that interest you. Search for colleges and use My College List. Prepare for AP® Exams.
  • Do well on AP Exams and receive credit or placement at most colleges. Get AP Exam preparation. Plan Ahead for the Summer & Senior Year.
  • Review your senior year class schedule with your counselor. Challenge yourself with honors and AP classes and stick with sequences you've begun, in the languages, for example. Read about how to select your courses.
  • Plan summer activities early. Enrich yourself by volunteering, getting an interesting job or internship, or signing up for special summer learning programs. Summer Keep Your Momentum Up This Summer.
  • Visit colleges. Take campus tours and, at colleges you're serious about, schedule interviews with admissions counselors. Be sure to bring your campus visit checklist.
  • Request applications from colleges to which you'll apply. Check important dates; some universities have early dates or rolling admissions. Consult the College Application Calendar and the Financial Aid Calendar for a basic idea of the applications timeline.

12th Grade

Action Plan: High School Seniors Fall

  • Pulling Your Applications Together.
  • Narrow your list of colleges to between 5 and 10 and review it with your counselor. Get an application and financial aid info from each. Visit as many as possible.
  • Make a master calendar and note:
  • Test dates, fees, and deadlines
  • College application due dates
  • Required financial aid applications and their deadlines
  • Recommendations, transcripts, and other necessary materials
  • Your high school's deadlines for application requests, such as your transcript.
  • Ask for recommendations. Give each person your resume, a stamped, addressed envelope, and any required forms.
  • Write application essays and ask teachers, parents, and friends to read first drafts. Applying Early Action or Early Decision?
  • November 1: For early admissions, colleges may require test scores and applications in early November. Send your SAT® scores at collegeboard.com.
  • Ask if your college offers an early estimate of financial aid eligibility Get Financial Aid Info.
  • Attend financial aid info events in your area.
  • Talk to your counselor about CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® and learn about it with Completing the PROFILE.
  • Use Scholarship Search at collegeboard.com, review scholarship books, and ask your counselor about local and state funding sources. Winter Application Details.
  • Most regular applications are due between January 1 and February 15. Keep copies of everything you send to colleges.
  • Have your high school send your transcript to colleges.
  • Contact colleges to make sure they've received all application materials. Financial Aid: Apply Early. Apply Right.
  • You and your family should save this year's pay stubs to estimate income on aid forms that you'll file early next year.
  • Submit your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible. Men 18 or older must register for the selective service to receive federal financial aid.
  • Many priority financial aid deadlines fall in February. To get the most attractive award package, apply by the priority date. Keep copies of everything you send. Spring When the Letters Start Rolling In.
  • You should get acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April.
  • Use Compare Your Aid Awards to compare awards from different colleges. Questions? Talk to financial aid officers. Not enough aid? Ask if other financing plans are available.
  • If you haven't already, visit your final college before accepting. May 1: Making Your Final Choice.
  • You must tell every college of your acceptance or rejection of offers of admission or financial aid by May 1. Send a deposit to the college you choose.
  • Wait-listed? If you will enroll if accepted, tell the admissions director your intent and ask how to strengthen your application. Need financial aid? Ask if funds will be available if you're accepted. Summer Next Steps.
  • Ask your high school to send a final transcript to your college.
  • Start preparing for the year ahead.
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