College Planning Checklist for 11th Grade

JUNIOR YEAR – 11th GRADE COLLEGE PLANNING CHECKLIST

College Planning Checklist for 11th Grade
Academic and Extra Curriculum Suggestions:

  • Talk about college with your student. The time to start planting the seeds is over. This is the year to have a real discussion about college.

 

  • Make sure your student takes the most rigorous classes possible. Grades and course rigor are important to admissions officers. 

 

  • Continue pursuing extra curriculum interests. Whether at school or in the community, the in-depth pursuit of an interest reflects something that you are passionate about. According to independent college counselor Lisa Bleich, colleges no longer want “well-rounded” students, but rather are looking for students who are unique, focused, and angular in their interests.

 

  • Create a test prep plan for taking your first SAT and/or ACT.  Take the PSAT and PLAN. Review the year’s scheduled dates for SATs, ACTs, and SAT subject tests. Depending on your student’s results, plan test dates so they can take the test twice before the start of senior year. Senior year is very stressful and students should consider taking the SAT/ACT in the fall of senior year only if they feel they can do better than previous tests. The summer before 11th grade, make a plan for test prep and a schedule for which SAT/ACT tests you plan on taking.

 

  • Get serious discussing majors and careers your student may be attracted to.

 

 

  • Research each school online – check out if the potential major is available and course requirements. It’s also worthwhile to look at a school’s student newspaper and career center. 

 

  • Request information from school your student is interested in.

 

 

 

  • Think about teacher recommendations, and consider which teachers you would like to ask for recommendations.

 

  • Organize all your information. Create a physical and online folder to keep all your information and brochures.

 

  • Keep track of Common App essay dates. They are usually released late spring or early summer.

 

 

 

  • Make the most of this summer. Use your summers to continue pursuing your out of school interests or fine-tune any academics you’d like to strengthen. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Financial Suggestions:

 

  • Consider schools that are “financial safety” schools. Include schools that are “financial safety” schools on the list.

 

  • Make a list of net prices at each school on the list. Start looking into net price calculators for the schools on your student’s list. The College Board has a link to every school’s net price calculator. 

 

  • Know which financial aid forms and calculations each school that is on your student’s college list uses.  Pay attention to the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Some schools use one or both of these forms. Know that ahead of time before applying. A parent’s tax year, starting January of a student’s sophomore year and ending December of junior year, is the tax year that will be used to make financial aid decisions during the college admissions process. Start understanding what options you may have to maximize your financial aid eligibility. 

 

  • Continue your scholarship search. Be wary of “no essay” scholarships or ones that don’t ask for much information – they are just like sweepstakes, with companies looking to gather your information. Don’t ever pay a fee to apply for a scholarship. Chances of winning a scholarship are highest when applying to locally sponsored scholarships, so start researching a creating a list. Review Confessions of a Scholarship Winner.

 

 

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  1. […] This post is for juniors. Please take a moment to read this article. It is full of great wisdom on what you should be doing at this time: https://www.road2college.com/parent-of-11th-graders/ […]

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  2. I had a talk with my 11th grader few hours ago and with my 12th grader , yesterday…
    My senior, has not been able to figure out where to go bc he says ” we cannot afford any college..so why going ?”
    But then i see his GPA above 4.2 and SAT around 1300 am not sure but not bad..
    School starts soon…and no idea what, where, when…we had a plan, then the finance stops everything..
    Community college is our option but a waste bc my son’s brain..is a genius like all say..
    Lost…am lost here..

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