Checklist for College Planning
|When to Begin||What to Do||How to do it|
|Freshman and Sophomore years||
Learn about college requirements and continue exploring careers. Which high school courses satisfy college requirements? Have you taken ACT’s tenth grade test, PLAN? Are you involved in extracurricular activities?
|Create a four-year high school curriculum plan. Review your PLAN test results. Try job shadowing. Get involved at school and in your community.|
|September - March of Junior year||Think about your reasons for going to college. What are your goals? What learning opportunities’ are most important? Do your college plans include career plans?
||Talk with your parents, counselors, teachers, and friends. Investigate possible career options and degree level required.|
|March - August of Junior year||List colleges you are considering and collect information. Have you included all possible choices? What information do you need? How can you get it?||Attend college fairs and college night programs. Prepare for and visit colleges. Take appropriate college admission test.
|August - December of Senior year||Compare the colleges on your list. Have you weighed pros and cons carefully? Which colleges will meet your needs?
||Continue visiting colleges. Organize information into detailed useful comparisons.|
|September - December of Senior year||Apply for admission to your “choice” colleges. Do you have all the necessary forms? Are you sure of the application deadlines?
||Obtain application forms. Observe deadlines. Submit transcript and test scores (retest if necessary).|
|January - February of Senior year||Apply for financial aid. Have you investigated all possible sources of aid? When should you apply?||Consult financial aid office. Secure forms and not deadlines. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1.|
|November - May of senior year||Make some final decisions. What additional preparation might be helpful? Should you consider summer school? Do you feel comfortable with your final choice?||Confer with parents and counselors. Confirm your decision, and decline other admission offers. Show initiative.|