College / University Preparation Checklist

AT F.A.A., WE BELIEVE IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START!

How do I set up a long-range plan?

Step by step, we can help you and your child make informed decisions about his or her future education. At Florida Air Academy, we challenge your child to reach his or her academic potential, learn about colleges, get information about scholarships, and find the best possible fit for a college or university education.

Following is a checklist that is designed to help you and your child, year by year, progress toward college admission - both academically and financially. 

Before High School

  • Take the most challenging classes possible. Develop strong study skills. Build a solid foundation for your high school years.
  • Start thinking about which high school classes will best prepare you for college.
  • Start saving for college, if you haven't already.
  • Investigate different ways to save money - buying a U.S. Savings Bond or opening a 529 Plan, investing in mutual funds, etc.
  • Talk with your parents and others who will support your positive goals and help you with questions about plans for your future.

9th Grade

  • Take the most challenging classes possible, preferably Honors classes if you are qualified and motivated to do so. Colleges look for these when they review high school transcripts. In high school, you will want to take courses in English, mathematics, science, History, geography, a foreign language, government, civics, economics, computers, and the arts.
  • Get to know your college advisor or guidance counselor, and other college resources available in your school.
  • Talk to adults in a variety of professions to determine what they like and dislike about their jobs and what kind of education is needed for each kind of job.
  • Continue to save for college.

10th Grade

  • Continue to take challenging courses in English, mathematics, science, History, geography, a foreign language, government, civics, economics, computers, and the arts, preferably Honors classes if you are qualified and motivated to do so.
  • Continue to talk to adults in a variety of professions to determine what they like and dislike about their jobs and what kind of education is needed for each kind of job.
  • Become involved in school- or community-based extracurricular (before or after school) activities that interest you and enable you to explore career interests. It is best to choose one or two activities and pursue them in depth, seeking leadership positions within them, than to participate in many different activities on a surface level.
  • Continue to meet with your college advisor or guidance counselor to discuss colleges and their requirements.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to visit colleges and talk to students. This is very important! College will seem "very far off in the future" unless you visit them in person and speak with their students! The time to apply will be here before you know it!
  • Continue to save for college.

11th Grade

  • Continue taking challenging classes in English, mathematics, science, History, geography, a foreign language, government, civics, economics, computers, and the arts. Take Honors and A.P. classes if qualified and motivated to do so.
  • Continue to meet with your college advisor or guidance counselor to discuss colleges and their requirements.
  • Continue involvement in school- or community-based extracurricular activities.
  • Decide which colleges most interest you. Look on-line at these schools and request information and an application for admission. Be sure to ask about special admissions requirements, financial aid, and deadlines.
  • Talk to college representatives at college fairs or during their visits to the FAA campus.Take advantage of opportunities to visit colleges and talk to students.
  • Consider people to ask for recommendations - teachers, counselors, employers, etc.
  • Investigate the availability of financial aid from federal, state, local, and private sources. Call the Student Aid Hotline at the U.S. Department of Education (1-800-4FED-AID) for a student guide to Federal financial aid. Talk to your college advisor for more information.
  • Investigate the availability of scholarships provided by organizations such as corporations, labor unions, professional associations, religious organizations, and credit unions. Your college advisor can help with this.
  • Register for and take the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT), SAT Subject Tests, or any other exams required for admission to colleges you might want to attend. Take them as many times as you need to.
  • Take an SAT Prep course. Your scores may substantially improve and this test is critical for college admissions.
  • Continue to save for college.

12th Grade

  • Continue taking challenging classes in English, mathematics, science, History, geography, a foreign language, government, civics, economics, computers, and the arts. Enroll in Honors, A.P., or Dual Enrollment courses if you are so qualified.
  • Meet with your college advisor early in the year to discuss your plans. For many colleges and universities, you have a much better chance at being admitted if you apply early.
  • Complete all necessary financial aid forms. Make sure that you fill out at least one form (such as the FAFSA form) that can be used for Federal aid.
  • E-mail colleges to request information or download applications and forms required for admission. Be sure to ask about financial aid, admissions requirements, and deadlines. Visit the colleges that most interest you. You should not apply to a school that you have not visited in person. (A school that looks great online may not be a good fit for you when you are there on campus.) Plus, personal interviews may be required.
  • Register for and take the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT), SAT Subject Tests, or any other exams required for admission to the colleges to which you are applying. Take an SAT Prep course to improve your scores.
  • Prepare your application carefully. Follow the instructions, and PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DEADLINES! Be sure to ask your college advisor and teachers at least two weeks before your application deadlines to submit the necessary documents and fees to colleges (your transcript, letters of recommendation, application fee, etc.).
  • Good luck! Florida Air Academy will assist you in every step of the college application/admission process. Remember, it is the combined efforts of the student, parents, and school, which will enable you to gain entrance to the college which best fits your needs and to which your talents are best suited.

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