Tips for Success

Create a college plan with your parents and guidance counselors.

  • Determine the type of education that best meets your future goals.
  • Research colleges and degrees you are interested in.
  • Attend information sessions and college fairs.
  • Schedule in-person campus visits.
  • Take virtual campus tours.
  • Research college costs, including degrees, tuition, and expenses such as room and board.
  • Review college websites and interact through their social media.

Begin preparing before your senior year.

  • Take a career assessment.
  • Take honors, dual credit, and advanced placement classes.
  • Begin composing essays required for college applications.
  • Participate in organizations, clubs, and extracurricular activities.
  • Volunteer in the community.
  • Work part-time and summer jobs.
  • Create a resume and update it as needed.
  • Research financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans.

Prepare to take the ACT, SAT, or TSIA.

  • Follow ACT and SAT social media sites.
  • Attend SAT and ACT preparation classes and take online practice tests.
  • Set aside funds for testing fees.
  • Ask your counselor if testing fees can be waived.

Finalize plans during your senior year.

  • Research financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans.
  • Ask teachers, counselors, employers, and other adults to write recommendations.
  • Begin applying for scholarships in the spring.
  • Notify your chosen college by May 1.
  • Pay fees and deposits to your chosen college.
  • Request your high school transcript with final grades be sent to your chosen college.