It is never too early to start getting ready for college or vocational school. If you are in middle or high school here are things you should be doing now.
Set a goal.
The first and most important step is yours — make a post-secondary degree a goal for you!
Do your homework.
Make a plan.
Meet regularly with your school guidance counselor to create a plan for you. This should include your academic history, your financial and legal status, and your career interests.
These sites have useful information for navigating the process of planning for post-secondary education:
Know How 2 Go
walk through steps to take every year from middle through high school
U.S. Department of Education’s site by and for students
These sites have additional information:
The College Board
action plans for juniors and seniors
Missouri Department of Higher Education
planning tools and answers to frequently asked questions on financial aid
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
planning tools for use before applying to college