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College Preparation: Junior Year

STUDENTS

College is around the corner. There are many things you'll learn during your final years of high school about researching and finding the right college or university for you, but here are some items to think about during your junior year of high school.

Junior Year Checklist (11th Grade)
ALL YEAR

• Explore careers and their earning potential in Occupational Outlook Handbook at bls.gov/oco.
• Log on to or create a MyFSA account at FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/myfsa and look at the information for any colleges you've saved in your completed the College Matching Wizard. Try the college search again if you've changed your mind about what you want from a school.
• Go to college fairs and college-preparation presentations.

FALL

Take the PSAT/NMSQT.* You must take the test in 11th grade to qualify for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program.

*REMEMBER: Register for all tests in advance and be sure to give yourself time to prepare appropriately! If you have difficulty paying a registration fee, see your school counselor about getting a fee waiver.

SPRING
• Register to take exams for college admission.* The tests include the SAT or the ACT. Check with the colleges you are interested in to see what tests they require.

• Prepare now to submit applications. (Click Here to review Oklahoma City University's undergraduate application).
• Begin visiting colleges so you can narrow your choices to your top three.

To Explore:

• Visit college.gov and click on "how to pay" to see how other young people paid for college.
• Learn how to avoid scholarship scams and identity theft form Save Your Money, Save Your Identity at FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/lsa.
• Familiarize yourself with ways to pay for college at studentaid.ed.gov.

*REMEMBER: Register for all tests in advance and be sure to give yourself time to prepare appropriately! If you have difficulty paying a registration fee, see your school counselor about getting a fee waiver.

PARENTS

To Do:

• Take another look at your financial situation, and be sure you're on the right track to pay for college.
• Talk to your son/daughter about the schools he or she is considering. Ask why those schools appeal to your child, and help him or her clarify goals and priorities.
• Attend college fairs with your child, but don't take over the conversation with the college representative. Just listen, and let your child do the talking.
• Take your child to visit college campuses, preferably when classes are in session.

To Explore:

• Get in-depth information on federal student aid programs from Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid.
• Learn about student and parent loans in Your Federal Student Loans: Learn the Basics and Manage Your Debt.