College Preparation

College Preparation Steps (Taken with permission from College Possible)

The steps you should complete are listed in order below. Click on a step to find more resources. Good luck!

1. Take the ACT or SAT
Learn about the contents and requirements of the ACT and SAT and find free online practice tests that will help you prepare and get tips on how to do your best.

2. Look for colleges that would be a good fit for you, both academically and socially
Find the college that is right for you! Explore colleges based on surveys of their academics, quality of life, extracurriculars, demographics and politics. Be sure to look into careers and majors, too.

3. Start looking for private scholarships
Scholarships are a form of financial aid that doesn’t have to be paid back, and it can be a big help when paying for college. Find out where you can look for scholarships and how you can apply.

4. Apply for colleges, including writing essays
Learn how to apply to college, including tips on writing a college application essays and general information on college admissions.

5. Apply for financial aid
Learn how you can request financial aid from the government and from your school.

6. Compare financial aid packages and make a decision
Learn more about what’s in your financial aid package and find out how to compare different financial aid packages from two or more schools.

7. Enroll!
Figure out what you’ll need to enroll at the college of your choice.

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