Sophomore Information

To Do
: Meet with your school counselor or mentor (OR investigate using to discuss colleges and their requirements.
Consider taking a practice Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) or the PLAN exam.
Plan to use your summer wisely: Work, volunteer, or take a summer course (away or at a local college).
Go to career information events to get a more detailed look at career options.
Research majors that might be a good fit with your interests and goals based on your results from the U.S. Department of Labor’s career search.
To Explore: Learn the differences between grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.

Parents To Do: Find out whether your child’s school has college nights or financial aid nights. Plan to attend those events with your child.
Help your child develop independence by encouraging him or her to take responsibility for balancing homework with any other activities or a part-time job.
Parents To Explore: Learn about the standardized tests your child will be taking during 10th through 12th grades.
Get a brief overview of financial aid from Do You Need Money for College— Federal Student Aid at a Glance.