Our primary goal is to help you pay for higher education while navigating a perplexing financial aid application process, and we are also here to help you get into, prepare for, and adapt to college. We constantly expand our library of resources to cover all aspects of college life and the preparation required while in high schol school to get yourself ready for college life. Browse through our resources for useful tips and advice that can make you comfortable for the college transition. While the transition from high school to higher education isn’t easy, there are ways to prepare to alleviate some stress. Additionally, it’s helpful to have as much information and organizational tools as possible. Download and print any of our sources below, if you find them helpful.
Click here for a poster of the Top 10 Student Resources, to post in your school. Resources include: "Action Plan for High School Students”, "Why Go to College", "10 Ways to Jumpstart College Planning", and more!
Keep searching for free money for college, and remember, for a free scholarship search visit our homepage at www.scholarships.com.
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Download and print this incredibly handy and helpful timeline for high school juniors. Help your students keep up with important ACT/SAT test dates and when to start looking at schools. They will also get suggestions about counselor visits and when to start looking at potential colleges and majors. You can only be there to answer questions so often. Scholarships.com is available 24/7 to help guide you on your way to and through college!
Following this timeline will put your students ahead of the game when applying for college, and prepare them for a successful senior year.
Download and print a helpful timeline for high school seniors including when to start, finish, and submit college applications and financial aid application deadlines.
Remember, students must meet deadlines to be accepted to college and get financial aid, so use these posters to make sure your students meet their deadlines.
Download and print our scholarship application guidelines to help students keep their information organized. The less a student has to worry about their checklist, the more time they will have to write a winning scholarship essay, and submit a winning application.
To avoid as many loans as possible, keep track of your information, and fill out as many winning applications as possible.
the college application checklist to keep organized and stay on top of deadlines. This checklist is especially important for students looking to apply early action. Remember to submit the FAFSA before you start filling out applications.
Ask for letters of recommendations in August to give your teachers plenty of time to write a meaningful letter. Submit all of your applications at least two weeks before the deadline in case there are any complications.
An in-depth presentation on finding and winning scholarships. The PowerPoint covers the basics, such as FAFSA, and more specific scholarships such as special interest and unique scholarships. Financial aid is essential to fund a college education, so make sure your students are aware of their options. Links to our resource pages will further answer questions about the entire process.
Once you’re actually on campus, there will be many things to get accommodated with. If you’re not sure what to expect of that first year in college, worry not – we have advice from understanding "the college lifestyle" to the basics of college cooking and preparing for roommates and communal living. If you plan on balancing work and college to pay your way through school, we have advice on that as well, plus some information on money management. We know what it’s like to live on a college student’s budget and while it is tough, it’s possible to manage without accruing credit card debt. Knowing what to expect before you get on campus is a good strategy that will leave you with more time to get excited about the college experience rather than worry about it. Below are some of the topics covered in our "Campus Life" section:
- Balancing Work & College
- College Cooking 101
- College Costs
- College Lifestyle
- Money Management
- Roommates & Communal Living
College prep begins before arriving to campus, as early as when you’re in high school. Beginning the college-planning process early will give you a sense of expectations in your college search and what you need to do to get accepted to your dream school. We have tips on applying and preparing for college, choosing the right school, Knowing what is expected of you ahead of time will lessen the burden when contemplating big decisions such as your prospective college, intended major(s), and post-graduation plans. choosing a major, and registering for the courses most relevant to you. Below are some of the topics covered in our "College Prep" section:
Whether you’re still in high school, already in college, or looking for alternatives career options after graduation, there are endless opportunities in both public service and volunteerism. There has been an increase in student volunteering over the last few years, and the need for altruistic individuals has grown right alongside those figures. Whether you’re a seasoned volunteer or new to the idea, we have resources for you. If you are seeking ways to pay for unpaid or low-paying positions, or this is your first time looking into both public service and volunteer jobs, you'll find that information in our "Public Service & Volunteering" section below:
- Alternatives to Employment
- Benefits of Volunteerism in College
- Benefits of Volunteerism in High School
- Finding a Volunteer Position
- Funding for Volunteerism
- Loan Forgiveness Programs
- Top 10 Questions to Ask Before You Volunteer
- Volunteer Opportunities for Every Interest Area
Last Edited: July 2015
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