Financial Aid Timeline for High School Juniors
- Find out more:
- Meet your guidance counselor
- Register for the PSAT (Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test)
- Encourage your family to begin Financial Aid Planning
- Purchase or borrow college reference books
- Get motivated and think about extra-curricular and community service activities
- Memorize your Social Security Number
- Take the PSAT
- Study hard and keep your grades up
- Volunteer your services in a career field that interests you--internships are often helpful and build strong resumes
- Research career paths and opportunities
- Visit a science, art or history museum
- Eat turkey or Tofurkey!
- Use PSAT results to begin to review or determine your range of college choices
- Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss college options. Find out which College Admissions tests are required (SAT, ACT, ACH) for the schools that you're considering
- Consider and research College Board review courses or videos
- Call the PNC Education Loan Center for helpful information on how to pay for your college education (1-800-762-1001)
- Register and study for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
- Register and study for the American College Test (ACT) and Achievement Test exams (ACH), if necessary
- Talk to your guidance counselor and family to further research your career field
- Look for local college fairs around your area
- Look into interesting and challenging summer courses, jobs or internships
- Meet with your guidance counselor and narrow your list of college choices to five or six schools
- Continue to study for college boards (SAT, ACT, ACH)
- Take the SAT, take the ACT and ACH if required by your school(s)
- Request college catalogs and applications from the five or six colleges you've selected
- Plan your senior school year course and activity schedule
- Get a summer job
- Plan a vacation!
- Arrange for initial college interviews and visits
- Do something inspiring!
- Keep up the extra-curricular activities and community service work
- Continue college and scholarship research
- Visit potential college campuses
You are encouraged to explore all scholarship, grant and federal borrowing options before applying for a private loan.
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