Use these downloads to help you plan, apply, pay for and succeed in high school and college.
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Freshman Transition Guide
Beginning your high school carer is an exciting time. For many reasons, your freshman year is one of the most important years you'll experience. Why is freshman year so important you might ask? Download this guide to find out.
High School Course Planner
Planning your courses through high school will help ensure that you meet high school graduation AND college admission requirements.
Discover Your Interests
Understanding your abilities, interests and values will help you find a direction for college and career.
Is the Job Right for You?
Researching careers that interest you is the first step to discovering if they really are the right fit. Download this guide for assistance in your career planning and research.
Making Informed Decisions
Your college plan should be influenced by a your career pathway and the potential salary you will earn after graduation. Use this worksheet to determine a your college borrowing budget.
Earn As You Learn - Exploring Careers in the Building Trades
There are many career opportunities that don't require a college degree. Career Planning should include exploring career opportunities through registered apprenticeships.
Activity Resume Builder
A list of your activities is useful for scholarship and admission applications. You can also add jobs, volunteer positions, skills and achievements.
Keeping track of and comparing colleges can be difficult, keep notes with this easy-to-use worksheet.
College Planning Guide for Sophomores and Juniors
Simplify the planning process using this comprehensive guide that contains information on career planning, academic preparation, college selection and financial aid.
Freshman/Sophomore Countdown to College Calendar
Stay on track in high school using Freshman/Sophomore calendars of monthly to do's for each grade level.
Junior/Senior Countdown to College Calendar
Stay on track in high school using Junior/Senior calendars of monthly to do's for each grade level.
Spanish Countdown to College Calendar
Stay on track in high school using these calendars of monthly to do's for each grade level.
Guide for Parents
This flier provides ideas for parents who want to help their students prepare for college throughout high school.
Iowa Postsecondary Institutions
Learn more about a variety of Iowa postsecondary institutions with this chart, which includes school costs, deadlines and contact information.
Make the Most of College Visits
Take advantage of every moment you're on campus with our list of questions to ask and things to observe on a college visit.
Pack for College
Packing for college takes more planning than you may think, use this information on getting ready for your home-away-from-home.
How to Succeed in College
Prepare for college life by examining all aspects of your schedule: academic, social, financial and career prep.
Why File the FAFSA?
Many forms of financial aid require the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.) Review this sheet to review the many reasons why the FAFSA should be completed and find the answers to questions for parents who may question the use of their information on the student's application.
Compare College Costs
Before you choose a college, use this worksheet to compare the expenses and financial aid packages to determine which school will offer the best overall value.
Federal Loan Programs
Understand your options with this detailed look at the Federal Loan Programs.
Financial Aid Guide
The more you know about financial aid, the better prepared you'll be to make informed decisions. This guide covers a variety of topics such as applying for scholarships, understanding the financial aid process and filing forms.
Financial Aid Types
Explore your grant, scholarship and work-study options with this easy-to-use chart.
Prepare to Pay for College
It's important for students and parents to start talking early about paying for college. Get the conversation started using this list of topics and questions.
Realities of College Aid
This handy sheet provides a timeline for the financial aid process and discusses the realities of financial aid for college.
Scholarships: Money for College
Discover how you can make the most of scholarship opportunities.
Student Loan Facts
Student loans can make college a reality, but don't make the decision to borrow lightly. Know all the facts and be sure to ask the right questions by using this helpful information sheet.
What to Bring to Fill Out Your Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 FAFSA
What to Bring to Fill Out Your Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022 FAFSA
Find out what information and documents you need to fill out your FAFSA completely and accurately. You'll need this information for yourself and for your parents or guardians.
FSA ID Cheat Sheet
When setting up an FSA ID for both the student and one parent, there's a lot to remember. This handy cheat sheet will help you keep track of usernames, passwords, and all those challenge questions.
Completing the CSS Profile
The CSS/Financial Aid Profile is an application distributed by the College Board allowing students to apply for financial aid. It is primarily designed to give institutions a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA. This sheet goes over the detailed information needed to complete the CSS Profile.
PLUS Loan vs. Private Loans
There are many things to consider when taking out student loans, especially for parents. Review all options before making your decision.
Mastering the Private Loan Path
If you have determined you need a supplemental private student loan for college expenses, there are many options available to you. This worksheet will help you make good decisions regarding student loan debt.
Comparing Parent Loans
There are many decisions and considerations to make when borrowing to cover college costs. If you are considering a parent loan, make sure to compare options before accepting the first loan offered to you.
Steps to Paying for College - Understanding Loans
Students and families should explore and exhaust all sources of student financial aid before borrowing. If borrowing, there are steps and loans to consider.