9th Grade Students

  • Work with a parent to update your information in FAFSA4caster at 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

  • Use the College Savings Calculator at 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