Plan for College

Think of high school as ‘pre-college’, and put together a Plan and a Team to help you. Talk to the adults in your life who can help – family, teachers, coaches, guidance counselor, and religious leaders. Explore the links at left and below.

No matter where you are in high school, now is the time to take the steps that will bring you success!

Top Five Tips

  1. Participate in extracurricular activities at school and volunteer in your community. Colleges look for students who have been active in their community. Try new things and do what you enjoy. Be a leader! Keep a folder or list of accomplishments, awards, extracurricular/volunteer activities, and leadership positions. This will be really helpful in filling out job, college, and scholarship applications later.
  2. Get to know your high school guidance counselor.
  3. Take rigorous high school courses. Find the Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum Here
  4. Take Advanced Placement classes, if you can. Colleges will be interested in more than your grades. They also will look at how challenging your classes were. Learn about AP classes here
  5. Start researching colleges that seem interesting. Explore colleges in the Kentuckiana region

Explore Online Resources

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Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

KHEAA logo slanted off viewKentucky students should register on the KHEAA site to track their progress and financial assistance programs. Order your free copy of ‘The College Circuit’, a 40-page guide that includes information about careers, college preparation, state and federal financial aid programs, financial literacy, and detailed information about the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program.  Sign up for the KHEAAConnection e-newsletter.

Know How 2 Go Kentucky

Know How 2 Go Kentucky encourages students of all ages to plan, enroll, and succeed in college. This site offers information, guidance, and encouragement, along with programs and financial aid particular to Kentucky.

Learn More Indiana

Learn More Indiana is Indiana's college and career connection, helping students and parents check out colleges and career training programs, explore different careers including the fastest growing Indiana occupations, keep academics on track through grade-specific checklists and tips for supporting life-long learning, and find ways to save and pay for college.


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