11th Grade Junior?
You are almost there! One more year to continue to explore and plan, but time is getting short.
Schedule and attend those college and post-secondary site visits. Talk to a recruiter. Figure out costs of attendance and other expenses for your top three post-secondary choices.
Do you have a special skill or talent that needs to come to the attention of a director, coach or admissions office? Have you begun your Student Activity Form including your activities in school and the community? Have you done any volunteering? This is a big year for you as you begin taking those college entrance tests and possibly focusing upon a certain career pathway! Good Luck!
Eleventh Grade Preparation for College
Plan all year for these tips…
- Explore careers and their earning potential in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Or, for a fun interactive tool, try the U.S. Department of Labor’s career search.
- Learn about choosing a college and find a link to our free college search tool.
- Go to college fairs and college-preparation presentations by college representatives.
Fall – September through November
- Take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
- You must take the test in 11th grade to qualify for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program.
- Register for and take exams for college admission. The standardized tests that many colleges require are the SAT, the SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT. Check with the colleges you are interested in to see what tests they require.
- Use the U.S. Department of Labor’s scholarship search to find scholarships for which you might want to apply. Some deadlines fall as early as the summer between 11th and 12th grades, so prepare now to submit applications soon.
Summer Before 12th Grade
- Narrow down the list of colleges you are considering attending. If you can, visit the schools that interest you. Contact colleges to request information and applications for admission. Ask about financial aid, admission requirements, and deadlines.
- Decide whether you are going to apply under a particular college’s early decision or early action program. Be sure to learn about the program deadlines and requirements.
- Use the FAFSA4caster financial aid estimator, and compare the results to the actual costs at the colleges to which you will apply. To supplement any aid FAFSA4caster estimates you might receive, be sure to apply for scholarships. Your goal is to minimize the amount of loan funds you borrow.
Consider these too when prepping for college
- Consider volunteer work or take advantage of opportunities within a classroom setting to help others. Get to know yourself in the way you work with people and on your school work. Know your learning style because it may develop into your work style someday.
- Monitor your grades and GPA (Grade Point Average). This number will stay with you throughout high school and keeping it high may result in opportunities for post-secondary educational options. This is a permanent record of your education.
- Pay attention when there are career exploration activities available. Talk to seniors about what they plan for after high school. Start searching careers through websites and/or visit a college or a college fair to gather information about majors and course offerings.
- If you have not already, start gathering work experiences, both paid and unpaid. These experiences are skill builders and help you develop a bank account/savings for life and life after high school.
- Set goals to improve yourself and try new things. Establish connections with adults that may help you—coaches, advisors, counselors, teachers, administrators, etc.
This information is also very helpful!
Its key to learn the differences between grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.
Find out what government financial aid you can apply for, and how, in Do You Need Money for College—Federal Student Aid at a Glance.
Learn how to avoid scholarship scams and identity theft as you look for financial aid and then attend college by visiting: https://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/checklists/11th-grade
We also have a wide range of helpful resources right at the Lenawee College Access Network. If you don’t find what you are looking for contact us today!
Ask yourself some questions…
Here are some questions to consider as you dig deeper into your future with college discovery. These questions may help you think about your future decisions (click the tabs to advance the questions):
Do you have an interest in learning something specific that isn’t currently offered?Where have you worked or volunteered that you really enjoyed?What mentors in the business world have made a difference in your life?If you traveled to another country, where would it be and what would you do?If you could make an impact in the world, what would that vision look like?