10th 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

  • Meet with your school counselor to discuss college and its requirements

  • Consider taking a practice Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test or the PLAN exam

  • Use your summer wisely:  Work, volunteer or take a summer course

  • Go to career information events to get a more detailed look at career options 

10th 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

  • Plan to attend school college visits and financial aid presentations with your child

  • Help your child develop independence by encouraging him or her to take responsibility for balancing homework with other activities or a part-time job

  • Learn about the standardized tests your child will be taking during the 10th-12 grades