College Prep - Checklist for 10th Graders
February 16, 2015 governmentgrants.info Staff
As a student preparing for college, arrange a meeting with your school counselor to discuss your options. To prepare, you may want to take a practice PSAT, NMSQT or PLAN exam. While summer offers a break from school, spend it wisely by volunteering, working or taking a course at a nearby college or elsewhere. As you consider career options, attend events that offer information on various vocations. Referencing your results from the U.S. Department of Labor's career search, explore majors that suit your various interests, abilities and ambitions. In regard to financing options, study the differences between loans, grants, scholarships and work-studies.
As for parents preparing to send your child to college, explore their school's college-prep programs, such as financial aid or college nights. If it offers such meetings, attend them along with your child. To instill independence and responsibility, encourage your child to properly balance homework with other activities like a part-time job. Also, familiarize yourself with the standardized tests your child will take during their sophomore through senior years. For a quick look at financial aid, read "Do You Need Money for College-Federal Student Aid at a Glance."