Academic Considerations Part 2
- Stay focused on your schoolwork and take the most difficult classes you can handle. .
- Take career interest assessments and determine the education needed for careers that interest you.
- Participate in extracurricular activities.
- Volunteer in the community.
- Be sure to visit to those schools that interest you. It's okay to go more than once.
- Take or retake SAT/PSAT in the fall.
- Meet with your school counselor to review your high school class plan.
- Select the schools to which you will apply. Make a list of deadlines for each school.
- Create a resume of your academic, athletic and work activities as well as other achievements. Prepare a portfolio if you're interested in the arts.
- Ask for recommendations (if required) from teachers, counselors and others who can comment on your abilities and talents.
- Attend a financial aid event. Review a copy of ‘Paying for College’
- Check if there is still time to sign up for spring classes that will earn college credit through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Postsecondary Enrollment Options or College in the Schools.
- Apply to at least five Colleges that interest you. Some may have earlier or later deadlines. (Make copies of each application.)
- Attend a financial aid event if you haven't already done so. Review a copy of ‘Paying for College’ if not done already.
- Apply for scholarships offered by the colleges to which you have applied.
- Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. You and your parents will need the previous year's income tax information to complete the it.
- Review you Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy.
- Have your final high school transcript sent to the colleges to which you've applied.
- Choose a college and notify in writing those you don't plan to attend.
- Send in any required forms or deposits.
- Get a job to earn money for college
- Review orientation materials from the college you selected. If living on campus, check with the college for a list of what's provided by the school and what the school expects the student to provide. Contact your roommate