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Financial Aid Planning Timeline

8th Grade
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Counselors, teachers, parents and friends are all good sources of information.
Ask them any questions you have about college, in addition to doing research on your own.
Study hard!
Make sure you use good study habits and keep your grades up.
Start saving for college.
You might want to consider signing up for a college savings account.
Start thinking about the courses you'll take in 9th grade.
Find out about academic enrichment programs, including summer and weekend programs, available through your school or local colleges.
Don't forget about extracurricular activities like sports, performing arts, volunteer work or other activities that interest you.
Investigate Advanced Placement (AP) and other honors-level courses you can take in high school to help you prepare for college.
You should test your skills in English, math, reading and science reasoning for practice. Consider taking the ACT Aspire Test.
It's good practice and your scores won't count towards your college application.