College Prep

October 6, 2012 5:59:44 AM PDT
It's never too early to start planning for college. Right now, juniors are getting ready to submit early acceptance applications. So what tests should high-school students take before the end of this year?

Cliff Morgan, Founder of US College Planning (www.uscollegeplanning.com), came into our ABC7 studio to discuss timelines and to share tips on how to save money.

1. Testing for College
a. PSAT
- by the end of October: have taken the PSAT
- by December: review your PSAT scores with your guidance counselor and parents

b. ACTs
- by November: sign up to take ACT exam
- take December or February ACT during your junior year

c. SATs
- by the end of February: be registered to take a SAT exam and study for it
- by May or June: take your first SAT

2. Researching Colleges
- Separate Folder Per School
- Use Labels
- By Oct. or Nov.: College Fair
- By Nov.: Schedule Campus Visits
- By Jan./ Feb.: Ideal Aspects

Things to consider:
-Tuition Costs
-Close To Home
-Large/ Small
-Public/ Private
-Curriculum
-Student-Teacher Ratio
-Location
-By March: narrow down to 5-10 Schools

3. Paying for College
- By End Of Nov.: ID Scholarships
- Christmas Break: Loan Options, Eligibility Requirements

Free seminars, open to the public:
1. Tuesday, October 9, 7pm
DePaul O'Hare Campus
8770 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago
2. Tuesday, October 16, 7pm
DePaul Naperville Campus
3. Tuesday, October 30, 7pm
Victory Christian Academy
Valparaiso, Indiana


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