Planning for college is chock full of details that can leave even the most savvy of parents completely overwhelmed.
I’ve put together a list of tools and resources that I often recommend to teens and parents so they can dive into the entire process.
It’ll give you a great start in understanding what’s out there to help your teen plan for college.
BigFuture is a site run by the CollegeBoard (the SAT exam creator). It’s one of my favorite websites to send teens and parents due to how easy it is to find an load of information about colleges.
I tend to send families there for a couple of reasons:
- Students can look up colleges by name to find out things like location, major, selectivity, number of students, GPA, SAT and ACT scores of incoming freshmen, admissions requirements…the list goes on!
- Teens can enter personal preference information of their own (like what they’d like to major in, where they may want to live, size of the college, etc.) in order to find a list of colleges that fit those parameters.
2| College Planning Checklist
One of my most-downloaded documents is the uber-comprehensive College Planning Checklist.
This guide will provide you with the information your teenager needs to start taking action right away. You’ll learn where to start and what your teen will need to do throughout his time in high school in order to be ready for those college applications.
3| College Planning Timeline
Do you know when your teen should be meeting with the high school counselor, taking SAT or ACT exams, or start filling out those applications?
There are things that students need to do starting the minute they step into high school for the first time all the way through senior year.
The College Planning Timeline gives you a visual to share with your teen of a labeled timeline that spans all four high school years. Download the timeline and then get out a calendar to start planning!