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College Planning Timeline

8th Grade

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Apply for Oklahoma's Promise! If you haven't applied, visit OKpromise.orgnew_window to sign up for this scholarship program.
Counselors, teachers, parents and friends are all good sources of information. Ask them any questions you have about college, in addition to doing research on your own.
Study hard! Make sure you use good study habits and keep your grades up.
Start saving money for college.
Sign up for a college savings account from Oklahoma's 529 college savings plan -- OK4Saving.orgnew_window -- or continue to add money to an existing account. It's generally best to keep most savings in your parent's name.
Start thinking about the courses you'll take in 9th grade.
Learn about academic enrichment programs, including summer and weekend programs, available through your school or local colleges.
Don't forget about extracurricular activities like sports, performing arts, volunteer work or other activities that interest you.
Investigate Advanced Placement (AP) and other honors-level courses you can take in high school to help you prepare for college.
Visit a college campus. Attend a performance event, sporting event, or summer camp on a college campus.


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