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Thinking Ahead

With half of the school year behind us, senior year for your student is approaching rapidly. It’s never too early to start planning for after graduation, and there are many resources available to help you and your student prepare for the future.

Now is a great time to start thinking about what college or career choices are best for your student. Students can explore careers, search for colleges that are the best fit for them, and learn about paying for college by going to www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org . With many applications to colleges open as early as August, students who take the time to begin planning for college now will be able to apply earlier in their senior year, decreasing their chances of missing important scholarship deadlines.

Additionally, there are also scholarship opportunities for which juniors can apply. A good source for finding scholarships for your junior is fastweb.com. The summer between junior and senior year is also an excellent time to be looking for scholarships your student may be eligible for as a senior.

In addition to searching for scholarships, another great way to help your junior prepare for next year is by encouraging them to study for their ACT. Examples of good test prep websites are www.actstudent.org/testprep/ , www.kaptest.com/act/kaplan-act-prep/all-about-the-ACT , and www.mel.org (under “Practice Tests”)