When Should You Start Planning for College?
The sooner your family begins the college planning process, the better. We’ve worked with countless families over the years, and each one is a little bit different. The one consistent theme is that the families who begin the process sooner tend to have better outcomes. If you delay the planning process, you could lose out on tens of thousands of dollars in financial aid for your child’s education.
We recommend working with a college readiness coach when your child enters eighth or ninth grade. This provides plenty of time for long-range planning and it ensures your student will be able to complete the necessary coursework for his or her chosen career field. Although it’s best to begin the process in eighth or ninth grade, we do also work with families who start later. Your Guidance Office will customize our services to meet your family’s needs. If you’re starting later, we’ll do everything possible to ensure your student and your financial aid offers are ready in time.