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Checklist for this Week, July 2, 2012

Checklist for this week

For freshmen and sophomores

Even in the summer months, it is a good time to think about the important role that high school courses play in your future. Are you aware that the types of courses you take in high school help you in obtaining a certain type of financial aid?

Several states offer grants for students who have graduated from a public or accredited private high school in the state and who have completed challenging programs of study. Typically, students must also exhibit family financial need.

  • Ask your guidance counselor for information about grants offered by your state government.
For juniors

Summer is flying by, and your summer earnings are mounting. Before you spend too much of that hard-earned cash, you should give some thought to a savings program.

  • Discuss the issue of money management with your parents. It may be wise to open a checking account or learn to manage a debit card.
For seniors and parents

Those who took AP exams in May should receive score reports soon. In reviewing these scores, there are several bits of information to keep in mind:

  • Exams are scored on a scale of one to five. Many colleges will award college credit for a minimum score of three.
  • If you are disappointed in the score(s), try to remember that taking an AP exam is a valuable educational experience. Also, college admission decisions are not made based on AP scores. Just taking an AP course indicates to colleges that the you have completed a rigorous college-level course.
  • Visit the websites of prospective colleges and investigate their policies on credit by examination so you will be aware of what credit is available for the scores you achieved.