College Planning

College Planning

Check out this "To Do" Calendar by Grade Level to help keep you on track.
Freshman (9th grade)
Sophomore (10th grade)
Junior (11th grade)
Senior (12th grade) Planning Pointers for Parents, a service provided by Iowa Student Loan - Sign up to receive 2 monthly emails directing you to articles relevant to your student's grade level and enter to win money for college.

  • Collage Board
  • A resource for students, parents, teachers as the first stop towards college

  • Great Resource--Guide to Paying for College - Financial Aid, Scholarships, Savings, & Student Loans

  • ICAN (Iowa College Access Network)--helps students reach their academic goals

  • I Have a Plan Iowa-- Explore careers, apply for college, search for scholarships, make a resume

  • Tips for applying to college

  • See how your existing college credit will transfer to Iowa, Iowa State or UNI

  • Figure your RAI Score (Regents Admission Index)

  • Paying for college

  • FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  • Student Loan Borrowing Tips

  • Questions about getting into college, paying for college, campus life & scholarship opportunities?

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  • College Prep Testing

    • ACT Testing

    • SAT

        • COMPASS

        • PSAT

          • What is the PSAT/NMSQT?

            • The preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. The PSAT/NMSQT measures: critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, writing skills. You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn’t require you to recall specific facts from your classes. The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to: 1. receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice. 2. See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college. 3. Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11). More information at:

            • Any junior interested in taking the PSAT should sign up in the counseling office by May 31.

      • Optimal Preparation--Recommended High School Courses for College Admissions

      • Iowa Board of Regents-- Iowa Universities (Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa)

      • Iowa Private Colleges and Universities

      • College Athletes--NCAA Eligibility Center

      • March2Success is an online test preparation course that will provide help with taking standardized test, and improve math and English skills.

      • Iowa College Aide (Iowa College Student Aid Commission)-Need information on financial aid?

      • Fair Opportunity Project