- Make a list of your abilities, social/cultural preferences and personal qualities. List things you may want to study or do after high school.
- Explore career and college opportunities on www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org
- Make a file to manage your postsecondary plans search, testing, and application information.
- Register for PSAT at your school (cost – about $15).
- Take the PSAT in October.
- Participate in test prep for ACT/SAT.
- If interested in going into the military make sure you talk to a recruiter and take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude battery (ASVAB).
- Contact your counselor about eligibility for ACT/SAT fee waivers (free and reduced lunch as well as several other criteria).
- Register for ACT and/or SAT for the spring (check current costs on website or in school counseling office) www.act.org, www.collegeboard.com Make sure to use your school code so results come to your school!
- Ask your school counselor about taking the SAT Subject Area Tests.
- Review your PSAT score report with your parents (Dec/Jan).
- Sign on to My College Quick Start after receiving your PSAT scores.
- Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in March and July www.flvc.org .
- Take the ACT and/or SAT (tests are on various Saturdays Sept-June).
- Take the PERT for postsecondary readiness.
- Apply for Dual Enrollment courses (if eligible).
- Begin your search for financial aid sources: on the district website, in your school counseling office, on college and university websites, and on various scholarship websites.
- Scan local newspapers to see which civic, cultural and service organizations in your area award financial aid to graduating seniors. Start a file.
- Develop a list of 10-15 colleges or other postsecondary opportunities that attract you. Request view books and information about financial aid and academic programs that interest you.
- Visit colleges you might be interested in. If you are considering a service academy or ROTC scholarships, contact your counselor before leaving school for the summer. If you want a four-year ROTC scholarship, you should begin the application process the summer before your senior year.
- Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in March and July.
- Meet with your counselor to develop next year’s schedule, progress towards graduation requirements, and review postsecondary plans.
- If you are an athlete planning to play sports in college, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
- Turn community service hours forms in to your school counseling office so they can be entered in the system and sent to Bright Futures in the summer.
- Check YOUR Bright Futures eligibility online in March and July www.flvc.org .
- Create a resume of your accomplishments, activities and work experience since you started high school.
- Download applications (or request paper copies) from colleges to which you will apply. Check application dates- large universities may have early dates or rolling admissions.
- Put aside money for college or other post secondary plans.