This is a great site for middle-high school students with steps to college-going.
This free site helps students sort through the many resources on college websites in one location, to help determine what college is the best financial and academic fit.
Click below for printable pages for Juniors & Seniors (Español& English) semester by semester. A simple, straightforward resource.
The Common App is a free too that allows students to apply with one application to multiple colleges; HOWEVER, they will still charge the college application fee for EACH college, so it is not free overall. Please also note that not ALL Michigan colleges and universities are included through the App.
Big Future has great tools for college planning and preparation for students. Students much create an account to unlock all of the free resources.
Students who attend Michigan's Public schools have free access to Xello for college and career planning. Click below to explore
Middle school is a great time to strengthen academic skills and start thinking college. Here's a checklist from federal financial aid: https://studentaid.gov/resources/prepare-for-college/checklists/middle-school
Encourage your younger student to look at career options through Xello, and discuss what they are learning. Here are activities for elementary and middle schools students and families: https://xello.world/wp-content/uploads/Career-Explorations-EBook-Final-Version.pdf
Mason County 8th grade students tour CTE facililities at West Shore Community College and can learn about ASM Tech an early college program with year 13 is a good fit. Visit: https://www.wsesd.org/page/program-overview
If a student is self-directed in middle school, or has a concrete career interest that will require college, planning to take dual enrollment through West Shore Community College would be a great idea. It takes careful coordination to ensure that high school requirements are also met, so planning prior to or in 9th grade is a good idea. https://www.westshore.edu/high-school-students/dual-enrollment/