Planning for College

Roadmap-thumbWhen to start planning?

NOW is the time to start planning for your child to go to college.  Middle school is the perfect time for parents and students to take control of their college preparation. Download “Roadmap to College.”

College Bound Scholarships

Middle School Students & Families: If you are an eligible 7th or 8th grade student, now is the time to apply for the College Bound Scholarship. Click here for more details.

The College Bound Scholarship program encourages low-income, middle school students to choose a path that will lead to educational success after high school.

The program promises tuition (at public institution rates) and a small book allowance for income-eligible students who sign up in the 7th or 8th grade, work hard in school, stay out of legal trouble, and successfully apply to a higher education institution when they graduate.

Students may sign up in the 7th or 8th grade, and need only apply once. The deadline for all applicants is by June 30 at the end of the 8th grade year.

Click here to read the MIDDLE SCHOOL CHECKLIST and learn what else parents and students need to know.

College Preparation Checklists by Grade
“The U.S. Department of Education is providing academic and financial checklists for elementary, middle, and high school students and parents on its website StudentAid.gov. Early planning is important, and will help ensure that a student is ready for and successful in college. This tool is designed to help families save and get students to map out course work so they are best prepared for college.”

Here is another great checklist for parents to help their middle school student(s) get ready for college: Parent Action Plan for Middle School

And if you have more questions, schedule a meeting with your student’s school’s UW GEAR UP Site Coordinator.

Click here for list of School Site Coordinators.

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