Take placement tests required for your desired college or training program, such as the ACT or SAT
If you’re headed to college after high school, consider taking Advanced Placement or other college-level courses to prepare for the challenging academics of college. If you’re head to a technical training program, enroll in a vocational program – many high schools enable students to take classes at local community and technical colleges for free.
Keep up with your classwork and maintain a good GPA through the end of the year – schools will request final transcripts even after you’ve been accepted and may withdraw offers if your academics decline.
Discuss post-high school plans with your guidance counselor and parents. Be sure to consider what postsecondary options matches your career goals, strengths, and abilities.
Develop your studying, time management, problem solving, stress management skills
In the Community
Consider getting a mentorship or internship in a field related to your chosen career path.
Work and save for college; seek out jobs related to your post-high school objectives
Engage in regular volunteering and/or take the initiative to manage a community service project of your own creation.
Visit colleges and vocational training programs, comparing the different programs
Create a calendar of both school and scholarship application deadlines, then apply, apply, apply!
Anytime after January, you and your parents should submit the FAFSA, in order to receive financial aid or work study opportunities from your college.
After you’ve chosen a school or program and received financial aid offers, develop a budget to determine the cost of attending school (don’t forget books, supplies and living expenses), then work with your parents or guardians on how you will pay for it.
Determine where you will live next year – in a school dorm, in an apartment off campus, or even staying at your parents’ house to save money.
Save money for tuition and living expenses
Practice independent living skills, such as learning to cook