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Preparing for College
Most college bound students challenge themselves. However, once they have completed high school, it is time to really buckle down and get ready for a successful college future. It’s never too early or too late to prepare for college…just remember that doing college research means being prepared both academically and financially. Summer time is a great time for exploring college options without any pressures…you aren’t taking exams and do not have
additional school requirements lurking at you. 

The following are just a few tips for getting ready for the college of your choice:

• Always try to look out for early scholarships. However, some scholarships will be available as soon as you get to college that werent available when you initially began your search.  Therefore, it is never too late to apply…you can continue to apply for scholarships as late as your senior year of college. Also, keep in mind that many scholarships are already available before your senior year of high school, so you can even begin applying for scholarships as early as you would like during high school.  However, you will need to check the requirements to see if you qualify to apply prior to your senior year of high school.

• Make sure that you have the information ready for financial aid forms. This task needs to done at the earlier stage of your high school senior year. 

• Take some practice exams yourself to get an idea about where you stand for the ACT and/or SAT exams. If you get lower marks during practice exams, then it could be taken again.

• If you would like to get very adventurist, you could contact the professors at the colleges and universities of your choice before you begin college, and ask them details about materials, especially books. 

• You will need to secure your financing. If you require student loans, it will take 4-5 weeks to complete all the paper work. Do all such things before college begins. Remember, to ensure all your funds on time, the earlier you start your scholarship and grant search you increase your chances and the amount of funding you may qualify for.