Get a high school head start. High school is right around the corner. Once you get there, you’ll be getting everything in order to go to college, but you can start now. Just follow the steps for middle schoolers, and get to know more about the colleges in Indiana — and the careers they lead to.

PLANNING CHECKLIST FOR 6-8

Start now to get your career and college plans ready. The following checklist will help you to be prepared for what’s ahead. Read through the list items and follow the links to work through each one.

1. Sign up for 21st Century Scholars

The 21st Century Scholars program offers a scholarship that covers up to four years of tuition and mandatory fees at a state college. If your family qualifies, you need to sign up during your 7th or 8th grade year. Learn about eligibility requirements here.

2. Read LEARN MORE

Take some time to read through your Learn More magazine. It’s all about thinking about your career, planning for college and paying for it all. You should have gotten a copy from your school. You can also download a copy here.

3. Start your high school graduation plan

Talk with your school counselor about starting your high school graduation plan. This is where you’ll map out your courses through high school. You can learn more about graduation plans here.

4. Take a career interests assessment

A career interests assessment will ask you questions about what you like to do. Then, it matches your answers with potential careers. Learn more about exploring your career interests here.

5. Learn all about college

Ask your parents and teachers about where they went to college and what it was like. If you have older siblings or cousins in college, you could visit them on campus. There are many different types of colleges and most jobs require specific degrees. Visit the college section to learn more.

6. Talk to your parents about money

Start saving for college now! Talk to your parents about opening an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan. It only takes $10 to get started, and your account grows, free of taxes. If you already have an account set up, great job! You can help your parents save by setting aside allowance and birthday money to go into your account. Sign in at CollegeChoiceDirect.com

CAREER

Planning your path

STEP

1

Find what career might be the perfect fit for you.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

COLLEGE

Preparing, applying and transferring

STEP

2

Discover where you can go to get the degree you want.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

COST

Financial aid and saving

STEP

3

Figure out how you can pay for it all.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

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Interested in a full-tuition scholarship to an
Indiana college?

See if you are eligible to be a 21st Century Scholar.

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