Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8

Planning Checklist For 6-8

Get a high school head start in middle school. High school is right around the corner, and once you get there, you’ll be getting everything ready to go to college. You can start now to be sure that you’re ready for the future. Just follow the steps for middle schoolers and get to know more about the colleges in Indiana — and the careers they lead to.

Start now to get your career and college plans ready. This checklist will help you be prepared for what’s ahead. Read through the list items and follow the links to work through each one.

  1. Sign up for 21st Century Scholars
    The 21st Century Scholars program offers a scholarship that pays for your college education. This scholarship covers up to four years of tuition and mandatory fees at a state college. If your family qualifies, you need to sign up during your 7th or 8th grade year. Learn about eligibility requirements here, and talk with your family to see if you qualify.
  2. Read LEARN MORE
    Take some time to read through your Learn More magazine. It’s all about thinking about your career, planning for college and paying for it all. You might get a copy from your school, but you can also download a copy in English or in Spanish.
  3. Start your high school graduation plan
    Talk with your school counselor about starting your high school graduation plan. They’ll help you plan which courses you’ll take during your time in high school. You can learn more about graduation plans here.
  4. Take a career interests assessment
    A career interests assessment is a bit like a personality test. First, it will ask you questions about what you like to do. Then, it matches your answers with careers that might fit for you. Learn more about exploring your career interests here.
  5. Learn all about college
    Ask your parents and teachers about where they went to college and what it was like. If you have older siblings or cousins in college, you could visit them on campus. There are many different types of colleges you could go to, and most jobs require specific degrees. Visit the college section to learn more.
  6. Talk to your parents about money
    Start saving for college now! Talk to your parents about opening an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan. It only takes $10 to get started, and your account grows, free of taxes. If you already have an account set up, great job! You can help your parents save by setting aside some of your allowance and birthday money to go into your account. Sign in at

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