“College prep” is about more than the just the classes taken in high school. It’s also about developing the skills students need to succeed in college and life. The guides and checklists in this section are intended to help students and parents focus on succeeding academically and learning more about college, career schools and financial aid.
Ninth grade is an important year in the college-preparation journey. Here are resources to help students have a well-rounded experience in high school that prepares them for their future path.
Federal Student Aid’s 9th Grade Checklist (https://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/checklists/9th-grade)
There’s a lot a 10th-grade student can do to stay on the right track toward college. This is the time students should study a little harder, work on raising their grades, retake any courses they may have failed, and start making a list of colleges and careers they want to pursue.
Federal Student Aid’s 10th Grade Checklist (https://studentaid.ed.gov/node/144)
It’s crucial for students and parents to stay on top of college preparations during a students junior year and the following summer. These next few months should be taken very seriously. Students need to get good grades, finalize their college search and do their best on standardized tests.
Federal Student Aid’s 11th Grade Checklist (https://studentaid.ed.gov/node/145)
Now is the time that all the hard work students put in during high school starts to pay off. This is no time to let senior slump take over. 12th grade is the time to apply for admission to college and then to apply for federal student aid by filling out the FAFSA.
Federal Student Aid’s 12th Grade Checklist (https://studentaid.ed.gov/node/146