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College Planning Timeline

College Board (www.collegeboard.com) is a great resource when planning for college through high school. Below you will find a guide to help you through college planning in high school.

Freshman Year

  • Begin working through Accepted! A College Planning Workbook
  • Familiarize yourself with the college process
  • Investigate colleges

Sophomore Year

  • Continue working through Accepted! A College Planning Workbook (class of 2016 and beyond)
  • Continue to look at colleges
  • Explore career options and majors in college

Junior Year

  • Continue working through Accepted! A College Planning Workbook (class of 2016 and beyond)
  • Search for colleges that best fit your criteria
  • Take PSAT
  • Plan for the college entrance exams—SAT and/or ACT
  • Visit colleges

Senior Year

  • Finish working through Accepted! A College Planning Workbook(class of 2016 and beyond)
  • Apply for college
  • Search for scholarships
  • Complete the FAFSA—opens January 1st
  • Complete and submit the GPA verification form for CalGrants
  • Confirm your acceptance to the school that you are choosing

Side Note: Finances are not determined before you apply for acceptance to a university. You will have to apply and then complete the financial aid paperwork (namely the FAFSA) before you will be notified of your financial assistance. You will not know the amount of financial aid available to you until you have applied and been accepted to the schools that you are considering.