Early Awareness Grades 9-10

Let’s Talk About College; It’s Never too Early

It is never too early to talk to children about going to college. Students must be motivated to dream of getting a college degree, as it’s the first in a series of steps throughout the college-preparation process. Access programs should focus their efforts on best practices that can assist the entire student body. The following tools and resources are useful to college-access professionals who not only are helping seniors, but also the youngest of their students. For additional information about launching an early awareness program, please review Early Awareness Programming Background Information. 

If you are a high school senior, or a college-access professional who is helping seniors, please view the additional resources in our Advisor Toolbox, in addition to the following general resources.

Resource Chart 

Resources shown in the chart also are listed below, with a brief explanation of their purpose and function.

College Access Resource

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

ACT Profile

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X

X

X

Access Junior 2013 Handbook (member only)

 

 

X

 

Access Junior Interest Survey 2013-14 (member only)

 

 

X

 

Building College Awareness

X

X

X

X

Building College Awareness WordSearch

X

X

X

X

Career Word Search

X

X

X

X

CareerVillage.org  X X X X

College Board, Make A Plan

X

X

X

X

 Earnings by College
Major and State
 X  X X
X

FAFSA4caster

X

X

X

X

Making High School Count

X

X

 

 

 Put on your "A" Game Survey – 9th Grade

X

 

 

 

 Put on Your "A" Game Survey – 10th Grade

 

X

 

 

 Petersons College Planning List –
9th-12th Grade

X

Student Aid, Preparing for College Checklist –
9th-12th Grade

X

1-2 GPA Worksheet

X

X

 

 

1-2 GPA Mock Transcript

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X

 

 

1-2 GPA Workshop Presentation

X

 X

 

 

Resources Defined

ACT Profile - Mobile, social, and free to the public, ACT Profile provides students and educators with a powerful tool to better understand opportunities and make smarter decisions throughout life’s key transition points.

Access Junior 2013 Handbook – A useful college prep handbook to help students and their families with every aspect of the college admissions and financial aid processes.

Access Junior Interest Survey 2013-14 – Survey for high school juniors to assess their interest in postsecondary education.


Building College Awareness Promo – This outline for a lunchroom promotional event will help interest 9th graders and other targeted students.

Building College Awareness Word Search – A word search activity with a collegiate theme.

·        Building College Awareness Word Search Answer Key 

Career Word Search – A word search activity with a career theme.

·        Career Word Search Answer Key

CareerVillage.org - This web platform matches the career questions students ask to our volunteer corps of over 15,000 working professionals with relevant expertise and a wealth of experiences to share, using crowdsourcing to provide personal career guidance to students at massive scale.

College Board, Make A Plan - Answer five simple questions and get a personalized road-map to college.

Earnings by College Major and State - This free webtool from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce provides salary information in English and Spanish by college major and by state.

FAFSA4caster - This free financial aid calculator that gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. The information helps families plan ahead for college. You must use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for aid once you've decided to apply for admission and attend college.

Making High School Count – This PowerPoint presentation was developed for junior high/early high school students, and provides useful tips for making the most of high school.

Peterson’s College Planning List – These useful checklists help students and parents stay on track throughout the college planning process.

·        9th Grade

·        10th Grade

·        11th Grade

·        12th Grade

Put on your "A" Game Surveys – Brief survey to gather basic information from advisors’ students. 

·        9th Grade Survey

·        10th Grade Survey 

Student Aid, Preparing for College – These Federal Student Aid checklists for academic and financial preparation are grade specific and help students stay on track for the future. 

·        Elementary School

·        Middle School

·        9th Grade

·        10th Grade

·        11th Grade

·        12th Grade 


1-2 GPA Workshop Presentation
 – The 1-2 GPA materials target freshman and older by helping them to calculate a GPA, read their transcript, and understand what colleges are looking for. 

·        1-2 GPA Mock Transcript

·        1-2 GPA Worksheet