Visit bigfuture.collegeboard.org :
Learn about colleges. Look at their websites and find colleges at bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search.Resource check: Visit the counseling office andmeet the counselors there. Examine catalogs and guides.
At school, speak to your counselor about takingthe PSAT/NMSQT®, which is given in October.
Take the college admission tests in the spring. You can register online or through your school. SAT® fee waivers are available for students with financial need.Learn about financial aid. Many students use financial aid to cover college costs. Read the U.S. Department of Education’s FundingYour Education (about federal aid programs).
Estimate your financial aid need. Use the College Board’s Getting Financial Aid and the financial aid calculator at bigfuture.org to estimate how much aid you might receive.
Learn about financial aid sources. National sources include the College Board’s Scholarship Handbook and electronic sources. Don’t overlook local and state aid sources.
Ask a counselor or teacher about taking the SAT SubjectTestsTM in the spring.
Contact your counselor before leaving school for the summer if you are considering military academies
or ROTC scholarships.
Find 10-20 colleges you are interested. The college search is about exploring who you are and what you want and then finding colleges that will meet your goals.
Register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center if you are an athlete planning to continue playing a sport in college (ncaaclearinghouse.net).
Find a full-time or part-time job, or participate in a summer camp or summer college program.
Visit colleges large, small, public, and private
Create a résumé to include academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and work experiences.