College Countdown is gathering resources to help you stay informed about how COVID-19 could affect your kid’s transition to college.

Well,

Hello there!

Against staggering odds, two things happened: one, the universe; two, you raised a kid who’s about to start college. So, walk at your full height, be proud, and for goodness sake, don’t panic. You’ve got this—and we’re here to help.

My name is Yvette and I have spent the last 13 years working with ScholarShare 529 to help California families prepare for college. Toward that aim, I teamed up with my colleagues to create this website—College Countdown. I’m proud to be the voice of you-can-do-it for Golden State families.

Having witnessed parents successfully make the journey to college time and again, I’m confident you can too. It is my joy to be a part of that journey through College Countdown.

Es un placer estar al servicio de nuestra comunidad.

Yvette Haring

Senior Team Manager – 529 College Savings Program Manager
TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing Inc.

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College Countdown

Timeline

High School

Junior Year

Socrates’s statement, “Know thyself,” holds true for this year of the college search.

Fall

Encourage Good Study Habits – Keep Grades Up

Consider AP Classes, Dual Enrollment, SAT Prep Courses, College Ready Courses

Schedule College Visits and Attend College Fairs

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Research Careers and Colleges

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Draft a List of Potential College Choices (Appeal, Affordability, Selectivity)

Encourage Your Child to Connect with HS Guidance Counselor, College Admissions Counselor

Spring

Register SAT, ACT, AP Exam

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Continue College Visits (Virtual Visits) – Appointments with FA, Admissions, Academic Advisors

Summer

Start an Outline for Your College Essays

Family Discussion about Money, 529 College Savings

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Review Application Procedures for Top College Choices

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Skills to Teach: Budget, Laundry, Cooking, Healthy Habits (sleep, study, etc.)

Senior Year

Susan Sontag’s statement, “Do stuff. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead,” holds true for this year of the college search.

Fall

Avoid Senioritis

Register and take SAT, ACT

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Obtain FSA IDs for FAFSA

Learn Which Colleges on Your List Require CSS Profile, FAFSA, Supplemental FA Forms

Early Decision and Early Action Applications – Oct. 1, Nov. 1

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Submit College Applications

Spring

Research Financial Aid Options – Loans, Grants, Scholarships, etc.

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Request Transcripts

Complete Scholarship Applications

Financial Aid Calculator

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Graduation

The Parent

Advisory Council

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of ScholarShare 529 parents with children already using their 529 savings for college. That means they know a few things about college and are eager to share perspectives and insights with you as your teenager begins their college adventure. This is a group of parents who have been there, done that. Now, they’re ready to exchange stories with you. Meet the PAC.

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