Tenth Grade College Planning Timeline



  • Discuss your college plans with your parents or another trusted adult.


  • Prepare for the PLAN test, which the state requires all public school sophomores to take.


  • Stay involved in extracurricular activities and community volunteer work.


  • Take leadership roles if possible.



  • Be ready to take the ACT PLAN.A great predictor for the ACT test.


  • Become familiar with general college admission requirements.


  • Work hard and develop good study habits. The better your grades, the more KEES money you can earn.


  • Make notes in your college access file about awards, accomplishments and volunteer work.



  • Start a file for information about schools you’re interested in attending, financial aid and campus life.


  • Read as many books as possible from a comprehensive reading list. It’s one of the best ways of preparing for the ACT and for college.


  • Take part in Fairdale’s College and Career Fair.Visit others in the community as well.



  • Start thinking about financial aid. Review the Paying for College section on www.kheaa.com.



  • Check out March 2 Success, a free website that can help you in language arts, mathematics, and science.


  • Check online to determine the academic requirements the university or college you wish to attend.



  • Create your schedule for your Junior year with the counselors.The counselors will set this up.


  • Begin zeroing in on the type of college you would prefer (two-year or four-year, small or large, rural or urban).


  • If you’re interested in a military academy, start planning and getting information.


  • Check out the websites of those colleges in which you may be interested and learn about their admissions requirements.



  • Continue to work hard and keep your GPA up!


  • Keep putting away money for college.


  • Consider a summer job. You can save money for college and maybe find out more about your career interests.



  • Prepare for Cambridge/AP Exams and Finals.

  • Stay on top of all work so your final grades for the year are the best.



  • Consider a summer job. You can save money for college and maybe find out more about your career interests.


  • Chat with college students home for the summer, especially if they attend a college you’re considering.



* Adapted from the KHEAA website: www.kheaa.com

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