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Find Your College at CollegeFactual.com: Compare Colleges, Costs and Value via Rankings and Profiles. What is the difference between financial aid and scholarships? Untitled. What high school students can do now to prepare for college. High School Action Plan. Your grandparents, or at least your great-grandparents, can probably remember a time when high school was a strictly optional educational opportunity that could prepare students to land a decent real-world job. In this day and age, high school is basically mandatory, and in most cases, its main purpose has become preparing students for college. While it might not seem like it, the classes you take and activities you do in high school play a role in shaping you as both a member of society and as a college applicant. Even if you are planning on attending a community college or a less-selective state college, you will still need to successfully fulfill basic requirements in order to progress to a level of education that can help you achieve your career goals, and if you want to gain admission to highly selective colleges or have a shot at winning scholarships, you will have to accomplish even more.

High School Action Plans by School Year Set Goals Break It Down By Year. Helping college students with financial planning. KNOXVILLE (WATE) – For many college students, it’s the first time they’re handling their responsibilities on their own and it can lead to a lot of debt and bad credit. Leading Edge Financial Planning CPA Kevin Gormley teaches a personal finance course at Maryville College. He teaches students how to manage their money and work toward making money while in school. “I think it’s about expectations. I think parents and students need to have expectations. You shouldn’t really wait until you go off to school. I think that’s probably too late. I think parents need to have honest conversations about how much money they have,” says Gormley. Gormley believes coming financially confident starts with having your child get a job in high school, so they understand the value of a dollar and how basic banking works.

Also, they should start paying bills. What do you do when your college student makes a money mistake while on their own? Gormley’s “best financial tips” for college students and parents: Untitled. 7 things high school sophomores should be doing. (MoneyWatch) This is the second part of a series on what high school students should be doing each year to prepare for college. Here is the first part: If you will be a high school sophomore in the fall, the prospects of going to college should be becoming more real.

As a sophomore, here are seven things you can do to get ready for that milestone: 1. Start researching colleges. High school freshmen: getting ready for college Use websites Unigo and College Prowler to see what current students think about their schools. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. This post was adapted from the second edition of The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price, which was released this month. Image courtesy of Flickr user Haria Varlan © 2012 CBS Interactive Inc.. College Planning - Extracurriculars Matter ? To You and to Colleges.

Getting involved in clubs, sports, work or other pursuits outside the classroom can give you new skills and help you learn about yourself — and can be fun. Here’s something else you should know: Extracurriculars also play a part when you apply to colleges. Most college applications ask about your activities. That’s because the things you do in your free time reveal a lot about you — in ways that grades and test scores can’t. Your accomplishments outside the classroom show what you’re passionate about and that you have qualities valued by colleges. Serving in student government shows that you have leadership skills.

Colleges want to know who you are and what you can do. Kinds of Activities Here are the most common kinds of extracurricular activities. School Activities These might include sports teams, special-interest clubs, a school newspaper, music groups and student government. Community Activities Work Volunteering How to Get Started Ask your friends what groups they belong to. Prepare for College. Thinking about college, career, technical, or trade school, or graduate school? There’s so much to consider when it comes to getting ready for college: where to go, what to study, how to apply, how to pay for it all, and more. It’s never too early—or too late—to explore your options for college or career school. We’ll walk through some key steps in preparing for college and provide resources that can help you along the way. You’ll have to take the time to research and understand your options, but you don’t have to do it alone.

We’re here to help! Why go to college? Here’s a simple equation: a college or career school education = more money, more job options, and more freedom. View accessible version A college education is a long-term investment. Exploring Your Career Options A college or career school education can give you the skills needed to pursue a career that really interests you. Checklists to Help You Get Ready Financially and Academically Choosing a School Taking Required Tests.

Study finds big gaps between student and employer perceptions. WASHINGTON -- It turns out that college students are being well-prepared for their future careers -- at least in their own minds. Ask employers, and it's a very different picture. The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) asked groups of employers and college students a series of similar questions about career preparation. They could be scary reading for many students and the college educators who are trying to prepare them for careers. AACU is releasing the survey results today, in advance of the annual meeting at which the group will mark its centennial. Student-Employer Gap on 'This Week' Debra Humphreys of the Association of American Colleges and Universities will discuss the group's surveys Friday on "This Week,"Inside Higher Ed's free news podcast. As shown on the bar chart below from AACU, students consistently rank themselves as prepared in areas where employers do not agree.

Employers Who Strongly or Somewhat Agree With These Statements.