ü Work with one of your parents to update your information in FAFSAcasterat www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov and continue to save for college.
ü Take challenging classes in core academic subjects. Most colleges require 4 years of English, at least 3 years of social studies (history, civics, geography, economics, etc.), 3 years of mathematics, and 3 years of science, and many require 2 years of a foreign language. Round out your course load with classes in computer science and the arts.
ü Stay involved in school- or community-based activities that interest you or let you explore career interests. Consider working or volunteering. Remember – its quality (not quantity) that counts.
ü Talk to your school counselor and other mentors about education after high school. Your counselor can answer questions about what classes to take in high school, how to sign up for standardized tests, and where to get money for college.
ü Make a list of your awards, honors, paid or volunteer work, and extracurricular activities. Consider participating in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts, and science.
ü Check out KnowHow2Go: The Four Steps to College, which suggests some actions you can take as you start thinking about education beyond high school. The online version of the brochure is at www.knowhow2go.org.
ü Get answers to common questions about college: Read “college q&a question of the week” at www.college.gov.
ü Learn about managing our money in the “Financial Literacy” section of www.Federal StudentAid.ed.gov/preparing.
ü Visit www. College.gov for some reasons to consider college and ways you can get help.
ü Continue to talk to your child about college plans as if he or she will definitely go to college.
ü Keep an eye on your child’s study habits and grades – stay involved.
ü Encourage your child to take Advanced Placement and other challenging classes.
ü Watch videos for parents on the “News Parents Can Use” page at www.ed.gov/parents.
ü Use the College Savings Calculator at www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/myfsa to determine how much you should be saving to meet college expenses and to find tips on maximizing your saving efforts.
ü Add to your child’s college savings account regularly.
ü Address your concerns about whether your child can or should go to college in the “parents/family” section of www.college.gov.
ü Explore www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/parent for more information on academic preparation, homeschooling, financial literacy. Saving, and borrowing for college.
ü Learn from Help Your Child Improve in Test-Taking at www.ed.gov/parents (click on “Helping Your Child” and then “Archived publications”).