CPS College Prep Tips (HS Class of 2013)

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Event Date: Event Title: Event Description:
Timeline Congratulations! You are on your way to college!
Timeline CPS High School Fair Choosing a high school is one of the most important decisions a Chicago student will make. Be sure to check all of them out and apply early.
Timeline Meet with Teachers & Tutors Talk with teachers and tutors to make sure you are on track for promotion to high school and ready to handle classes.
Timeline Apply for Freshman Connections Apply for Freshman Connections: a program to help 8th-graders' transition into high school easier. Applications are usually due in April.
Timeline High School Investigation Day Check out high schools across the city to help choose the best fit.
Timeline Freshman Connections Get a head start on high school and start preparing for college by earning credit through the summer.
Timeline Get to know your counselor Get to know your counselor and college advisor. Keep in contact with them throughout high school, they will be the ones to turn to during the preparation and application process.
Timeline Check on credits and courses As your planning classes for second semester and next fall, talk with advisors to make sure you are on-track with credits and the right courses.
Timeline Visit colleges Start looking into colleges and visit them to talk with academic advisors. It's never too early.
Timeline Attend college fairs Continue checking out colleges. Get as much information as you can now so you can start preparing for their application requirements.
Timeline Make sure you are still on-track Meet with counselors to sign up for junior year classes and make sure you are still on track with credit requirements.
Timeline Sign up for AP classes You got a jump on high school credits with Freshman Connections, now get a jump on college credits with AP classes. Sign up for them now.
Timeline Go on more college tours It's never enough.
Timeline Start studying for the ACT All colleges require standardized test scores with applications. Start studying now for the ACT or SAT.
Timeline Start reviewing how to apply for college It's a difficult process, better to check into it early.
Timeline Sign up for classes Continue with AP classes and make sure you are signed up for all the remaining classes you need.
Timeline Take the ACT/SAT Study up before you go.
Timeline Start applying for college It's a long process. Start early and give yourself and your recommenders time to fill out the appropriate papers.
Timeline Fill out many applications Fill out at least 5. Include a backup, reach and target schools.
Timeline Fill out FAFSA
Timeline Accept college admission offers
Timeline Apply for FAFSA PIN number Filing out a FAFSA (federal financial aid application) is a crucial part in receiving aid money. Apply for a PIN number early and send in the FAFSA as soon as possible after tax returns.