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9th Grade Students

Work with a parent to update your information in FAFSA4caster at www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov and continue to save for college
Take challenging classes in core academic subjects
Stay involved in school- or community-based activities that interest you or let you explore career interests
Talk to your school counselor and other mentors about education after high school
Start planning for college and thinking about your career interests
Make a list of your awards, honors, paid or volunteer work and extracurricular activities; consider participating in summer workshops and camps which focus on music, art and science

9th Grade Parents

Continue to talk to your child about college plans
Keep an eye on your child's study habits and grades
Encourage your child to take challenging classes
Add to your child's college savings account regularly
Learn from Help Your Child Improve in Test-Taking at www.ed.gov/parents
Use the College Savings Calculator at www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/myfafsa to determine how much you should be saving to meet college expenses and how to maximize your efforts
Make sure you are aware of the provisions of any college savings accounts you have opened