Step One

Get to Know the School Counselor

Your high school guidance counselor can be a great resource, providing advice on higher education, scholarships, and more.

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The Importance of the School Profile

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Step Two

Create a High School Course Overview

What does your child’s blueprint of high school courses look like? Discuss it together—it will help as they begin to strategize their college plans.

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Certification Classes for Teens, High Schoolers

Whether your child is thinking about taking a few classes before college, in between semesters, or even jumping right in

Summer Programs for High School Students

Summer programs for high school students offer opportunities ranging from local college classes to programs around the world. As college

Holistic Admissions: Your Child Is More Than Their Grades and Test Scores

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How Colleges Calculate Your High School GPA

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What Makes a Good GPA?

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What Are Your Chances of Getting Into College?

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Step Three

Schedule Extracurriculars & Summer Activities

Once your student has their course overview out of the way, they can fill their extra time with sports, the arts, hobbies, and projects. It’s never too early to plan what the summer months will look like as well.

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Certification Classes for Teens, High Schoolers

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Summer Programs for High School Students

Summer programs for high school students offer opportunities ranging from local college classes to programs around the world. As college

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Why High School Students Should Look for Internships

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Step Four

Keep Track of Accomplishments

Keeping a record of academic awards/honors, community service, extra curricular activities, leadership roles, work experience, and other accomplishments can be helpful later.

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Certification Classes for Teens, High Schoolers

Whether your child is thinking about taking a few classes before college, in between semesters, or even jumping right in

Summer Programs for High School Students

Summer programs for high school students offer opportunities ranging from local college classes to programs around the world. As college

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What Are Holistic Admissions? Applying to college can be one of the most stressful times of your child’s life, and

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Step Five

Understand Financial Aid/Merit Scholarships

Searching for merit scholarships and understanding financial aid application requirements shouldn’t be taken lightly. This stage requires you to roll up your sleeves.

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Need-Blind Colleges – Are They Really?

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Do You Know How Much You Can Afford for College?

Paying for college is a major stressor and investment for parents and students. Parents wonder: How much can I afford

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Step Six

Research Test Prep

At this point in the process, your student will need to determine whether they will take the ACT or SAT, how far in advance they should start prepping, and if they will prep on their own, in group classes, or with 1:1 coaching.

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Preparing for the SAT

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What Is a Good PSAT Score?

For many students, the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is taken at least once in high school to prepare for the SAT.

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Is College Worth It?

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Step Seven

Understand College Costs

You may think you know the cost of college, but do you REALLY know everything you'll have to pay for? Familiarize yourself with the extras, like additional fees, so you won’t be surprised when the bill comes.

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Start Here for Everything You Need to Know About Admissions and Financial Aid

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Understanding Cost of Attendance

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Understanding College Tuition and Fees

 The price of attending a college found in Google searches and on college and university websites can often be deceiving.

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Bribery and the Scholarship Application Process

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What Is Room and Board?

When looking at the finances of sending your child to college, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the added charges

Step Eight

Assess Financial Readiness to Pay for College

Once you know the costs, you can better assess your ability to pay. Research financial options, and be creative.

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Start Here for Everything You Need to Know About Admissions and Financial Aid

Deciding where to go to college, and how to pay for it, are two of the most important decisions students

Understanding College Tuition and Fees

 The price of attending a college found in Google searches and on college and university websites can often be deceiving.

Need-Blind Colleges – Are They Really?

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Top Strategies for Finding College Scholarships

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Step Nine

Search & Apply for Private Scholarships

Merit aid is lovely, but sometimes, it doesn’t come through. There are other options to fill some of the cost gaps, like private scholarships. Although researching these takes perseverance, the effort can pay off.

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How to Find Scholarships

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Bribery and the Scholarship Application Process

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How to Apply for Scholarships: Tips From a Mom in the Know

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Is College Worth It?

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Help With Finding Scholarships for High School Students

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Step Ten

Set Financial & Academic Expectations

Conversations with your teen will be much easier if you make them aware of the realities of your family’s finances. Set expectations about money and grades, so they know what their part of the bargain will be.

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