30 College information websites Below are some of the best and most popular college websites. They all have excellent information. www.collegeboard.org www.act.org www.educationplanner.com www.studentaid.ed.gov www.petersons.com www.finaid.org College timeline for students To ensure that your student will be prepared for college, encourage your child to follow the timeline below. 9th Grade – Get high school off to a good start by taking college prep courses, earning the best grades possible, and getting involved in a variety of activities. Make a four-year high school plan that includes all of the recommended college prep courses. 10th Grade – Continue taking college prep courses and getting the best grades possible. To help prepare students for the ACT and SAT, some high schools provide the PSAT 10 or the PreACT for sophomores. See your counselor for information on these tests. 11th Grade – Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. Start gathering informa- tion on colleges, make college visits, and take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring. Most four-year colleges require that students submit scores for one of these tests. 12th Grade – Take the ACT and/or SAT in the fall, if necessary. Discuss your college plans with your counselor and complete college applications. If you’re interested in financial aid, complete the FAFSA. In the spring, consider your college options and make the decision on which college to attend. Education is an investment in the future!