Step-By-Step Checklist: High School to College
When you are the parent of a:
High School Freshman (9th Grade) & Sophomore (10th Grade)
- Be involved with your student’s goals for the future, including college plans.
- Talk with the school guidance counselor to understand how important grades are to the college admission process.
- Research—with your student—colleges and universities based on majors and career interests.
- Encourage your student to use an academic planner to remember important deadlines and assignments.
- Encourage preliminary testing, such as the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test).
- Arrange campus visits to TCC to learn about Dual Credit opportunities, which allow your student to earn college credits during high school.
- Help your student start developing a list of high school and community accomplishments, including awards, honors, paid and volunteer work and extracurricular activities.
- Make summers count: Help your student find a job or activity that builds on his/her favorite subjects and interests.
- Start talking about the family budget, a college savings plan and paying for college.
High School Junior (11th grade)
- Accompany your student to college nights, college preparation presentations and financial aid nights.
- Encourage your student to request material from colleges of interest.
- Make sure your student has registered for necessary testing for college admission.
- Encourage your student to explore careers and help him/her research the type of education needed for the careers that interest him/her.
- Touch base with your student to see if he/she needs extra help in any subject areas; junior year grades are very important on college applications.
- Discuss financial aid plans with your student and encourage him/her to research scholarships and other resources to help in paying for college.
- Sign up for the SAT/ACT college admissions examinations if your student is interested in 4-year colleges.
High School Senior (12th grade)
- Make sure your student is completing high school graduation requirements.
- Encourage your student to keep up his/her grades and to stay involved in his/her extra-curricular activities.
- Arrange campus visits to schools that interest your student.
- File your taxes early as the primary deadline for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is April 1 of each year.
- Work with your student to submit the FAFSA.
- Learn about TCC’s College Access program that is offered at Tarrant County high schools. The program guides you and your student as you:
- Apply to TCC
- Complete Pre-Assessment Activity and take the TSI Assessment
- Get Academic Advising
- Complete both the FAFSA and TASFA (Texas Application for Student Financial Aid)
- Help your student complete the TCC Foundation Scholarship Application
After Graduation (Requirements for TCC)
- Have your student submit an official high school transcript with his/her graduation date.
- Get your student immunized against meningococcal meningitis.
- Encourage your student to complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) and then take the TSI Assessment (if not done already).
- Make sure your student attends a New Student Group Advisement (NSGA) session and New Student Orientation (NSO). Both are required.
- Encourage your student to visit a TCC Success Coach for FTIC (First-Time-in-College) student advising.
- Encourage your student to visit a TCC Advising and Counseling Center and see an academic advisor.
Updated February 24, 2021