High school students sometimes underestimate the importance of the Junior year to prepare for college and the long financial aid process.
Juniors should follow a series of steps to establish how much their college education will cost.
- During the fall semester students should start to compile a list of what schools they would like to attend. This list should include any and all schools on their mind. At this point it should not matter state/private, or in state/ out of state.
- Once a list has been compiled, students should research the cost of each institution to get a ballpark picture of how much money will be necessary. This step should be done in conjunction with parents, so they may give initial ideas about financing options.
- During the Junior Year, students should be taking the PSAT/SAT because these scores play a role in both admission and possible merit based scholarships given by schools. Generally, most schools will take the higher of each section (IE math, writing, and verbal) from multiple different tests.