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List: College Prep Checklist – Don’t Forget About These!

  • Apply for as many scholarships (especially local grants) as possible.
  • Ask as many questions as you can – your guidance counselor, parents, mentors, etc.
  • Contact college admission representatives to make sure your application isn’t missing any information.
  • Ensure your high school graduation requirements are on track.
  • Fill out the Common Application; this single app allows you to apply to hundreds of colleges, both private and public.
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  • Firm up your financial aid; find out how much grant & scholarship money you’re getting, what types of loans you need, etc.
  • Follow up with your guidance counselor and look at additional career choices.
  • Go to as many college fairs as you can, especially ones sponsored by your high school.
  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss possible career choices.
  • Narrow down college choices to less than five.
  • Register for the ACT and SAT tests.
  • Sign up for AP (advanced placement) courses, if you haven’t already done so.
  • Sign up for the PSAT. If you’re following this college checklist, you’ve already completed a few practice rounds.
  • Start a log of all your accomplishments and accolades; continue this until your senior year.
  • Start looking into grants and scholarships; next year at this time, you’ll be eligible for actual college money!
  • Take a few informal visits to colleges.
  • Talk to your parents or guardians about how you’ll pay for college.
  • Try to take academically challenging courses – this is the perfect way to prepare for college’s rigorous and challenging schedule.
  • Visit all the colleges on your wish list.
  • Take practice tests for the SAT, PSAT and other college-level entry exams.
  • Talk to professionals that work in the fields you’re interested in.
College Prep Checklist – Don’t Forget About These!
Scott Adkins
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