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Tips for High School Seniors Preparing for College

Tips for High School Seniors Preparing for College
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It’s August and the time has come for your child’s last year of high school.  The anticipation and anxiety are starting to build on both sides… the senior and the parents.  Naturally, the senior is full of excitement preparing for the final year of school as a member of the ruling class.  This is the year to really enjoy the high school career because all the hard work that counts for admission to colleges and universities has already been completed.  The only thing left to do is to take either the SAT or ACT (if the student opted not to take either/or exam during junior year) and then start the agonizing process of submitting applications.  The parents, on the other hand, are getting a bit apprehensive knowing that application fees are going to start coming into play, as well as the impending costs of school in the following year.

Here are three tips to that will help you prepare and ease some of the anxiety:

  1. Almost every high school in the country holds or sponsors a college evening at least once a year. Representatives from surrounding colleges and universities will be there showcasing their campus and its offerings. If the child and/or parents attended one of these events during his/her junior year, they should do it again.  If never attended by either a student or parent, it’s an absolute must-do. Websites aren’t foolproof.
  2. Start visiting campuses, especially the top three candidates the senior is looking to attend. Most universities hold 1-2 day events for juniors and seniors and their parents.  These events are by far the best resources to get the most up to date information on the university’s educational offerings, campus life, financial aid, student living, and on and on.
  3. Apply for as many scholarships as possible. People are literally amazed when they find out how many different resources provide scholarships to incoming freshmen, as well as current college students. The primary sources to look at are: local banks and credit unions; The places of employment where the parents and/or student work, as well as where other family members work; the church your family attends; any social club the parents or other family members belong; Military organizations and other non-profit organizations; athletic organizations; dance & art organizations.