• Timeline for High School Juniors  

    September
    • Plan a family college discussion.
    • Review your courses with your high school counselor.
    • Prepare a list of questions to ask college reps.
    • Sign up to take the PSAT.
    • Get and stay organized.  Create files to keep copies of applications and correspondence.  Set up a calendar to track important dates and deadlines.
    October-November
    • Attend college fairs and financial aid nights.
    • Take the PSAT.
    • Start searching for scholarships and ways to pay for your education.
    • Learn what components make up the cost to attend college.
    • Begin to understand the basics about federal and private loans.
    • Plan and make college visits.
    • Make sure to use a Campus Visit Checklist to aid in your research.
    December
    • Review your PSAT results with your counselor.
    • Talk with your college friends home for break.
    • Take the ACCUPLACER test OR both the SAT and ACT at least once.
    January
    • Identify characteristics you want in a college.
    • Attend college fairs and financial aid nights.
    • Clear up the financial aid myths about paying for college
    • Let your parents know that the IRS could save them money through education tax deductions and credits.
    February
    • Run free scholarship searches.
    • Register and study for the ACCUPLACER OR for the SAT and/or ACT.
    March
    • Select your senior year classes--check with your advisor to ensure your courses meet necessary graduation requirements.
    • Plan campus visits.
    • Narrow your college list to a reasonable number.
    • Contact the financial aid office for each college on your list to discuss payment options.
    • Keep up college discussions with your family and counselors.
    • Get answers to your "going to college" questions.
    • Estimate how much various colleges will cost.
    April-May
    • Start visiting colleges
    • Take the ACCUPLACER, SAT, ACT, and/or AP test.
    • Ask about college prep programs and workshops offered during the summer.
    • Search for scholarships and ways to pay for college.
    • Get a summer job to save money college.
    • Talk with friends who are home from college for the summer.
    June-July
    • Improve your reading and vocabulary skills.
    • Create a list of schools you would like to attend.
    • Schedule college visits and interviews
    • Register and prepare for the college entrance exams offered in the fall.
    • Talk to people in career fields you find interesting.
    • Continue to search for scholarships and ways to pay.
    August
    • Request college applications.
    • Give thought to essay topics.
    • Consider whom to ask for letters of recommendation.
    • Schedule a family meeting to discuss your college plans.

     

    (Special thanks to www.CollegeAnswer.com for the timeline)
Last Modified on December 7, 2018