Advice foryour Junior year of High School To Do: All Year
Keep your grades up! Maintain a high GPA and visit with your counselors often to ensure you are on track for graduation. Ask about college fairs and internship opportunities.
Go to college fairs and college-preparation presentations hosted by college representatives.
Apply for scholarships and internships. There are many scholarships available, start by taking a look at our scholarship page here. Use a free scholarship search to find scholarships for which you might want to apply. Prepare now to submit applications before the deadlines.
Prepare for and take thePSAT/NMSQT. You must take the test in 11th grade to qualify for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program. Participate in our SAT School Day and prepare for the exam in advance. You can find practice materials here.
Summer Before 12th Grade
Have a productive summer. Remember colleges look at more than your grades. They want to know that you are a well rounded student and that you will make a contribution to their campus. Stay involved and be productive- participate in an internship, attend a summer program, volunteer.
Create a username and password called an FSA ID that you’ll use to confirm your identity when accessing your government financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. Help your parents create their FSA ID too.
Narrow down the list of colleges you are considering attending. If you can, visit the schools that interest you.
Contact colleges to request information and applications for admission. Ask about financial aid, admission requirements, and deadlines.
Use the FAFSA4caster financial aid estimator, and compare the results to the actual costs at the colleges to which you will apply. To supplement any aid FAFSA4caster estimates you might receive, be sure to apply for scholarships. Your goal is to minimize the amount of loan funds you borrow so you have less to pay back later.