It’s go time. The SATs and other important tests are right around the corner. It’s time for your college research efforts to kick into high gear. For seniors, the application process begins. College Connect can help guide students and parents down the home stretch, with free advice, workshops and access to college experts who can help answer all those lingering questions.
Tips and what to expect – Juniors
- Take the PSAT/NMSQT. You must take the test in 11th grade to qualify for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program.
- Learn about choosing a college and find a link to our free college search tool.
- Go to college fairs and college-preparation presentations hosted by college representatives.
Tips and what to expect – Seniors
- Work hard all the way to graduation—second-semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility.
- Stay involved in after-school activities, and seek leadership roles if possible.
- Visit colleges that have invited you to enroll.
- Review your college acceptances and compare the colleges’ financial aid offers.
- Contact a school’s financial aid office if you have questions about the aid that school has offered you.
In fact, getting to know your financial aid staff early is a good idea no matter what—they can tell you about deadlines, other aid for which you might wish to apply, and important paperwork you might need to submit.
When you decide which school you want to attend, notify that school of your commitment and submit any required financial deposit. Many schools require this notification and deposit by May 1.
Take a career interest inventory https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip.
Junior year grades are of particular interest to colleges, both for GPA and rigor. So, this is the time to beef up your schedule with appropriate AP and honors classes.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Use a free scholarship search to find scholarships for which you might want to apply. Some deadlines fall as early as the summer between 11th and 12th grades, so prepare now to submit applications soon.
Dual enrollment: Earning college credit in high school
Several Arizona community colleges offer dual enrollment programs, which allow high school students to earn college and high school credit at the same time. These programs can be very valuable for several reasons:
- Credits are easy to transfer to Arizona universities
- College costs are reduced
- Students finish college faster
- Course duplication during early college years is eliminated
- Students are academically challenged
AZTransfer is a great resource to connect students and parents to dual enrollment options.
College Connect programs for 11-12 graders
College Connect offers several free workshops every year that provide the perfect opportunity for parents and students to familiarize themselves with the college process. Workshop topics range from career prep to financial aid to class choice.
These are free, personalized appointments where parents and students get one-on-one time with a College Connect expert. For middle schoolers, a one-on-one appointment is a great place to start the discussion about career and school interests and class choice.
These are smaller sessions with experienced advisors from state and community colleges who can answer questions about college.
Questions? Call 480-858-7890.