Junior Information

Long Term Planning - Presentation for Juniors & Parents 2-10-2016

Financial Aid Preparation - FAFSA

Students… To Do:

All Year

  • Review “Every Year in High School” of this checklist.
  • Explore careers and their earning potential in the Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/oco.
  • Log on to your MyFSA account (see 9th Grade) at www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/myfsa and look at the information for any colleges you saved if you completed the College Matching Wizard (see 10th Grade) in the past. Try the college search again if you've changed your mind about what you want from a school.
  • Go to college fairs and college-preparation presentations by ollege representatives.

Fall

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT.* You must take the test in 11th grade to qualify for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Spring

  • The school day SAT date for Juniors is on Tuesday, April 12th.
  • Register for and take exams for college admission.* The tests that many colleges require are the SAT Reasoning Test, the SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT. Check with the colleges you are interested in to see what tests they require.
  • Use www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/scholarship to find scholarships for which you might want to apply. Some deadlines fall as early as the summer between 11th and 12th grades, so prepare now to submit applications soon.

* REMEMBER: Register for all tests in advance and be sure to give yourself time to prepare appropriately! If you have difficulty paying a registration fee, see your school counselor about getting a fee waiver.

To Explore:

  • Visit www.college.gov and click on “how to pay” to see how other young people paid for college.
  • Learn how to avoid scholarship scams and identity theft from Save Your Money, Save Your Identity at www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/lsa.
  • Familiarize yourself with ways to pay for college at www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/guide. The following sections of Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid will be especially useful to you right now:
    • Federal Student Aid at a Glance
    • Other Financial Aid Sources
    • It's a Jungle Out There

Parents… To Do:

  • Review “Every Year in High School” of this checklist.
  • Take another look at your financial situation, and be sure you're on the right track to pay for college.
  • Talk to your child about the schools he or she is considering. Ask why those schools appeal to your child, and help him or her clarify goals and priorities.
  • Attend college fairs with your child, but don't take over the conversation with the college representative. Just listen, and let your child do the talking.
  • Take your child to visit college campuses, preferably when classes are in session.

To Explore:

  • Get in-depth information on federal student aid programs fromFunding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid at www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/guide.
  • Learn about student and parent loans in Your Federal Student Loans: Learn the Basics and Manage Your Debt atwww.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/repayingpub.

General Reminders

  • Focus on grades and maximizing learning
  • Maintain and update personal profile/resume
  • Attend college presentations in the Counseling Center by visiting college representatives
  • Check high school bulletin and counseling office regularly for new scholarship applications
  • Register for ACT/SAT if not yet taken or you can to improve your score
  • Register for SAT II if required by schools to which you intend to apply
  • Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if there is a chance you may want to participate in collegiate athletics
  • What facilities should ask about financial aid.