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TIPS FOR TEENS
THINGS TO KNOW

 High School Hints for College Prep

Choose your classes wisely
Colleges typically require a certain number of hours in core classes such as 3-4 years of math, 4 years of English, 3 years of social studies, and 3 years of science.  Selective colleges may expect to see 4 years of each subject. Make sure to include these classes in your schedule during each term of high school.

Take a Foreign Language
Most colleges require applicants to have at least 2 years of the same high school foreign language. Many selective colleges prefer 3-4 years of foreign language - some recommend that you choose the same language. Plan ahead...don't wait until the last minute to start your foreign language classes. 

Maintain Your Grades
Grades are an important part of your college application. High school grades are often used to determine the "potential" of a student's success at the college level.  Work hard to maintain A's and B's.  


Visit Your School Counselor
Your School Counselor can help you to select the right classes to meet graduation requirements and to prepare you for college. The average public school counselor may be assigned to hundreds of students within the school, so it's important that you schedule an appointment to discuss your plans for college.

Improve Your Vocabulary 

The ACT and SAT require students to be familiar with college-level vocabulary, so read more often to improve your vocabulary. 


Get Involved in Your School

Extracurricular Activites are fun and  can help you to meet new people and to learn new skills, so join a team or club.

Get Involved in Your Community
Earn community service hours by volunteering to help others in your community.  

 Did You Know?
College Q&A

What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is the Free Application For Federal Student Aid.  Federal Student Aid provides billions of dollars to students in the form of grants, loans, and work-study funds.

Beginning in 2016, the FAFSA application became available on the October 1st preceding the academic year that you are requesting aid for.  For example, if you are applying for the 2018-2019 academic year,  it begins July 1, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2019 - so you can complete your application as early as October 1, 2017(and as "late" as June 30, 2019). 

Students can begin applying for federal financial aid by completing the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.


Click here for more Financial Aid info. 

 

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