Step 1: Why go?

Do you know why you should be thinking about education after High School?

The answer is that education pays off. The more education you have, the more options you will have. People who graduate from college earn more money than those who don't go to college - as much as $1 million more during their lives. College graduates also have more career options and move to higher job levels more easily. So, increase your options by considering higher education.

But why should you think about college now, if you don't have to apply until you are in the 12th grade?

The answer is simple. When you apply to college, the admission officers look at everything you did in high school. Then they decide whether they think you can handle college work. In deciding whom to admit, colleges look at:

  • The high school courses you took, grades, and class rank.
  • College entrance exam scores like the SAT and ACT.
  • Your extracurricular activities (clubs, civic organizations, community service, jobs).
  • The quality of the essay you send with application.
  • Your teacher recommendations

So your planning must start now!

Use this website for help and as a guide.

  • It will help you every step of the way, from now until you get into college.
  • Look at the specific tasks you need to do each year. Check them off as you go.
  • The steps may seem hard, but if you take them one at a time, you will make it to college. While this web site can help you, it's not your only resource.
  • Involve your parents, and other family members in the process so they can help you achieve your personal goals.
  • Talk to everyone - Talk to teachers, counselors and adults you trust. Don't be shy. Seek help when you need it.
  • DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE COST! One last note: If you are worried about how much college will cost, remember there are scholarships and financial aid available. So don't be scared away by the costs
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