1. Good grades and test scores are your ticket to get free money to go to college
2. Take the SAT and ACT at least 2-3 times begin studying before you take each test. You can begin taking these test as early as 7th grade, however it is a great idea to take the SAT and ACT at least once by June of your 9th grade year.
3. Start searching for scholarships that fit your profile,
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4. Make a list of colleges. Choose up to 10 colleges, because 10 colleges can fit on your FAFSA form. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid
5. Visit some college campuses as early as you can, but at least by 10th and 11th grade
6. Get involved on your campus like join a club, play a sport, start a club, run for office, get involved in student government
7. Start working on your essay, for two things, for your personal statement for your college application, and/or for scholarships. A Career Essay is a really good place to start.
8. Start working on logging the volunteer hours you have been doing in your community and this is a good thing to include in your essay
9. Prepare an Academic Resume and a Personal Resume
10. Start thinking about what teachers, administrators, and community leaders you are going to ask for Recommendation letters. Pick people who will say great things about you
11. If you are a Senior Start apply for colleges August 1st
12. Proofread everything before you submit
13. Then also look at applying to accredited private and independent colleges. Many of these colleges have endowment funds and additional funding resources to provide scholarships and grants to help you attend college. Remember there are over 7,000 colleges in the United States, and there is a fit for everyone.
14. October 1st apply for financial aid by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov you can select up to (10) colleges. Also look for scholarships available at their college by going on each college website. Every student has to fill out a FAFSA to get any kind of aid, scholarship, grant, etc.