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College Planning Timeline


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Middle school and high school

  • Take challenging courses to prepare for college.
  • Participate in ministries and extracurricular activities.
  • Begin saving money for college.
  • Start researching scholarships.

Freshman and sophomore years

Junior year

  • Narrow down college options.
  • Gather more specific information about potential colleges and academic programs.
  • Visit your top 3–5 schools.
  • Take the SAT or ACT.
  • Take college prep courses.

Fall of senior year

January of senior year

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA.

August after high school graduation

  • Start college!