College Planning and Readiness

Important Links
Parents: Find out how you can help your child prepare for college, explore majors and careers, pay for college, and more with the college board's easy-to-follow action plans.
Paying for College
College can be affordable. Many students use financial aid and other resources to cover college costs. Learn more about financial aid, scholarships, saving for college, and other ways to make sure college isn't a financial burden to you and your child.
College Planning: 9th/10th Grade
There are some steps you can take as a ninth- and 10th-grader to make sure you’re on the right track for college. This list will help you navigate the college planning process.  
College Planning: 11th Grade
Junior year marks a turning point. This is because for most students and families, it’s when college planning activities kick into high gear. Here are some things you can do this year to stay on track for college.
College Planning: 12th Grade
Want to know if you’re on track in the college application process? This checklist shows you what you should be doing, and when. When you complete steps marked with * you may be eligible for College Board Opportunity Scholarships. Learn more at: