Middle Schoolers Can Plan For College, Too

KnowHow2Go shares a timeline for middle school students who want to start their path to college.

Figure out what you want to do.

  • Start thinking about your future and career possibilities.
  • Explore different occupations that match your interests.
  • Keep your options open.
  • Use time outside of school wisely.
  • Get help when it's needed.

Do your best in class.

  • Take control learn to be a good student.
  • Get off to a good start! Study hard, turn in all assignments, and do your best to earn good grades.
  • Review your academic strengths and weaknesses. Talk with friends and family about careers and possible college choices.
  • Sign up for pre-algebra, if at all possible.
  • Get to know your teachers.
  • Take the right courses.
  • Read, read, read!

Start saving.

  • Start learning about different financial aid programs from your school counselor or teachers.
  • Visit colleges and talk with college students, and your friends.
  • Save money now to pay for school, and keep saving, a little at a time makes a difference.
  • Talk to your parents about educational loyalty and affinity programs.
  • Attend, with your parent or guardian, any financial planning or "how to afford college" programs offered at your school or in the community.
  • Research on the web, check out our Resources section for some helpful links.

For the rest of the list, head over to KnowHow2Go.