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CPS College Prep Tips (HS Class of 2013)

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Timeline small square Congratulations! You are on your way to college!
Timeline small square 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 small square 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 small square 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 small square High School Investigation Day Check out high schools across the city to help choose the best fit.
Timeline small square Freshman Connections Get a head start on high school and start preparing for college by earning credit through the summer.
Timeline small square 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 small square 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 small square Visit colleges Start looking into colleges and visit them to talk with academic advisors. It's never too early.
Timeline small square 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 small square 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 small square 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 small square Go on more college tours It's never enough.
Timeline small square Start studying for the ACT All colleges require standardized test scores with applications. Start studying now for the ACT or SAT.
Timeline small square Start reviewing how to apply for college It's a difficult process, better to check into it early.
Timeline small square Sign up for classes Continue with AP classes and make sure you are signed up for all the remaining classes you need.
Timeline small square Take the ACT/SAT Study up before you go.
Timeline small square 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 small square Fill out many applications Fill out at least 5. Include a backup, reach and target schools.
Timeline small square Fill out FAFSA
Timeline small square Accept college admission offers
Timeline small square 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.