Are you a student? A parent? An adult thinking about going back to school? Want to know how to prepare for college or career school?

We’ve provided checklists with the steps you can take to help your (or your child’s) chances of getting into—and being able to afford—the school of your choice.

Checklists for Academic and Financial Preparation

Students, “college prep” is about more than the classes that you take. It’s also about developing the skills that will help you succeed in college and life. For instance, as you balance studying and having fun, you’ll be practicing time management; and as you save for college, you’ll be learning money management. Our checklists suggest these and many other steps you can take, as well as websites you can explore, as you prepare academically and financially for college.

Parents, each of the?checklists—from elementary school through high school—includes items for you, such as how to support your child in his or her studies, where to set up a college savings account, and what to do when it’s time to apply for financial aid.

Adult students, we’ve got an adult student checklist just for you so that you can skip all the information about what classes to take in high school and get straight to exactly what you need.?

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College Preparation Checklist—Helps students (elementary, middle, and high school), as well as adults and parents prepare financially and academically for college.

College Preparation YouTube Playlist

Curious about what college is like? Take a look at the videos in our “Prepare for College" YouTube playlist. The playlist includes such topics as “What’s the biggest myth about college?” and “What’s the best tip about going to college?”

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Whether you’re a student or parent, years away from college or just about to start, the following checklists will help you get ready.

  • Elementary School Checklist: Student and parent checklists that start the student on the road to enjoying learning and point the parent to resources for college savings accounts.
  • Middle School Checklist: Student and parent checklists that get the student thinking about high school and possible careers and encourage the parent to keep an eye on the student’s progress.