5 Things Juniors Should Do This Summer to Plan for College

May 24, 2022

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Help your juniors in the class of 2023 take actions this summer to plan for life after high school. Here are 5 steps that juniors can take to stay on track.

  1. Build your college list.
    When juniors build their college list with six or more schools, they become eligible for $500 and $40,000 scholarships. Your students can search for schools by location, majors offered and more. There are even videos from current college students for more than 300 schools. Your students can start here. Find the right college for them at bigfuture.org.
  2. Search for scholarships.
    Paying for college is a concern of many of your students and their families. Did you know that BigFuture will match them with a list of scholarships right for them based on their background, achievements, and future plans? Learn how to pay for college, unlock financial aid, and find scholarships just for them at bigfuture.org.
  3. Practice for the SAT.
    Yours students in the class of 2023 can practice for the SAT by completing a timed mini section or diagnostic quiz on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. By completing these steps, they’ll automatically qualify for BigFuture $500 and $40,000 scholarships. Juniors can start practicing here.
  4. Calculate your expected family contribution.
    The BigFuture Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculator can help your students estimate how much their families will be expected to contribute toward the cost of college each year. By using the calculator on BigFuture first, students have less to enter when they use net price calculators on the websites of schools they explore. The calculator will also provide insight into financial aid eligibility. Your students can get started with the calculator here.
  5. Research potential majors.
    Choosing a college major can be hard. To help juniors start thinking about what they might be interested in pursuing, they should think about what they like, what they love, and what their career goals are. Here is a great guide to help your students get started.