Summer Tips to Stay on Track for College & Career Planning

Sponsored by College Board

As summer arrives, rising seniors might have extra time to think and plan for life after high school. Families are making big decisions that starts with planning for what happens after high school graduation and choosing what career path their graduates pursue. There are many options that graduating seniors can explore ranging from trade schools and vocational programs, to taking a gap year, or applying to college and this big decision requires thoughtful consideration. The good news is that you know your strengths and interests better than anyone.

For those choosing to apply to college, College Board has several tools to help with college and career planning – no matter where you are in your journey. One resource is, a one-stop shop for all student and parent planning needs. It’s more than just a college search website – it can help students discover what type of college to apply to, how to apply, financial planning resources, and provide scholarship search opportunities and career exploration tools.  

Remember, when planning for the future, what makes you happy and what you’re passionate about are very important. Finding colleges and careers that are right for you doesn’t have to be stressful. Start your planning process by setting clear priorities for what you want to achieve in the next few years. 

As you spend the next few months catching up with friends and family, the summer can also be a time to think about your opportunities after high school.

One of the greatest things about visiting, is the chance to connect to the BigFuture Scholarships. This is an opportunity to earn scholarships for college, just by taking the steps you are already making in planning your journey after high school.  You can earn scholarship opportunities just for doing things like creating a college list on BigFuture, exploring scholarships, and applying to colleges.  Scholarships are awarded on a monthly basis and range from $500 to $40,000!

No matter what point you are at in your college and career planning process, BigFuture has something for everyone:

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