By Maureen Brakke, on March 24, 2016

Are you doing everything you can to prepare for college?

Here are some things you can be doing in 10-11 grade to help prepare for college. That way, when it’s time to go to college, it’ll be a little easier for you.

  • Plan to take the right classes throughout high school to be ready for college.
  • Make sure you’ll take Math III by the end of of 11th grade.
  • Learn about classes such as such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB)*, and Concurrent Enrollment (CE). These classes could count as college credit and save you money on college tuition. Talk to your high school counselor for more information. *IB is not offered at all high schools. Check with your school counselor.
  • Visit to research different college majors and the careers they could prepare you for.
  • Talk to teachers, your school counselor, friends, family, and neighbors in your community who have attended college about their college experiences: what did they like about it, what they found challenging, and what advice they can give you.
  • Look for scholarships. Search websites such as, and Look in your community and check with your parents’ work. Many scholarships can be put on hold until you’re ready to start college, so it’s never too early to apply. Use the scholarship tool kit to help you successfully apply for scholarships.
  • Make sure you’re on track for the Regents’ Scholarship. Update your four-year plan.
    • Learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that you’ll fill out when you’re in 12th grade at Submitting a FAFSA is the only way to receive financial aid such as:
      • Work-study: Paid jobs. Typically on a college campus.
      • Grants: Money you get that you won’t have to pay back.
      • Federal student loans: Money you borrow to help pay for college. You’ll have to pay it back.
  • Use the FAFSA4Caster to see how much financial aid you could get to help pay for college at


Meet with your school counselor to see if you can complete your college math requirements through Concurrent Enrollment while you’re still in high school. Pick the right math class for your future career.