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Step Up to College Tips

Novemeber Step Up to College Tips for Success!  

9th and 10th Grade 

11th Grade

  • Continue talking with your parents or guardians about your college plans. 
  • If necessary, confirm your citizenship status with the U.S. Social Security Admnistration. Your citizenship status will determine your eligibility for federal and state financial aid. 
  • Send an introductory email to admissions counselors at the colleges to which you hope to apply; often, admissions counselors are assigned a geographic region. Find the counselors responsibile for your area and send a note to express your interest in applying to that particular college. 
  • Download the FREE Step Up to College mobile app via the iPhone App Store or Google Play.

12th Grade 

  • If you haven't done so already, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the application for the PHEAA State Grant. 
  • If schools on your list require the CSS Profile, submit that form as soon as possible. 
  • Check school portals to make sure that your applications are complete. 
  • Complete scholarship applications. Continue to research scholarship opportunities. 
  • Download the FREE Step Up to College mobile app via the iPhone App Store or Google Play.


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