**NEED HELP FILLING OUT YOUR FAFSA?
Mrs. Carter is not a financial advisor, luckily, you are an AB Tech student and can make an appointment with a financial aid expert for help filling out your FAFSA! Make an appointment by clicking here: FAFSA Help Appointment
SCHOLARSHIP PREP YEAR BY YEAR
o Fall-winter: develop ideas for service and leadership opportunities, maintain highest possible GPA, score as well as possible on PLAN test in preparation for junior year's ACT, participate in as many clubs and/or extracurricular opportunities as reasonably fits in your schedule
o Spring: Seek out summer opportunities that relate to potential majors you may be considering for college or related to helping you develop an idea of places you may want to go to college, seek out opportunities for SAT prep to improve your chances at earning a high SAT score, maintain highest possible GPA, earn highest scores possible on AP/College exams
o Summer: Take advantage of the summer opportunities you found, continue to build up your resume's service and leadership section by doing what you can during the summer, continue to brainstorm where you may want to attend college
o Fall: Implement service and leadership opportunities, attend a college fair, maintain highest possible GPA, score as well as possible on PSAT to attempt to earn Merit Scholar status (helps a lot with scholarships), participate in as many clubs and/or extracurricular opportunities as reasonably fits in your schedule
o Winter-spring: Sign up for a free CFNC Financial Aid/Scholarship workshop, earn high scores on SAT and ACT, maintain highest possible GPA, earn highest scores possible on AP/College exams, plan some college visits for summer to help you decide where to go, seek out opportunities to get volunteer hours over the summer in a field you may be interested in majoring in
o Summer: Continue service and/or leadership activities, visit colleges, finalize resume, start applying to colleges (CFNC, Common App, and the schools you are considering), register for SAT or ACT (if still needed), set up time with counselor to confirm you are set up for graduation
o Fall: Make sure college applications are in, attend a College Fair, step up scholarship search now that you have narrowed down the schools you are applying to, attend a free CFNC Scholarship/Financial aid Workshop, line up teachers willing to write recommendations for you, keep GPA as high as possible, continue to participate in extracurricular activities
o Winter: Continue to seek scholarships and admission to colleges, attend a CFNC Financial Aid Workshop, complete FAFSA (make sure parents have completed income tax forms as you must have this for this process), receive Student Aid Report (SAR) and make changes if necessary, contact colleges that you want to enroll in to confirm that they have your financial aid information and admission paperwork, keep GPA as high as possible, continue to participate in extracurricular activities
o Spring: Receive acceptance letters and financial aid offers before deciding what college to enroll in, continue to seek scholarships, request final transcript to be sent to college, get highest possible scores on AP Exams and keep GPA high, graduate
FREE TOOLS TO HELP PLAN, SAVE AND PAY FOR COLLEGE:
Sallie Mae's College Planning Toolbox
is a suite of free tools, calculators, and resources to help students and families navigate their way through every phase of saving, planning and paying for college. The toolkit consists of a Free Scholarship Search of more than 3 million available scholarships; a College Planning Calculator to assist students in starting their financial plan for college; and the CollegeAhead Mobile App which uses fun, interactive games, challenges and exercises to take high school juniors and seniors step-by-step through the process of college prep.