4 University/College Planning Tips for Ontario Grade 12 Students
Your graduating year is one of the most special, but pressure-filled of your high school career. Since your school’s guidance counselors are busy in the first couple of weeks doing new registrations and course changes, they probably won’t have time to see you to discuss post-secondary education planning until later in September. Here’s a list of four things that you can and should do right now to get yourself ready:
1. Check Your Timetable
Make sure that your current timetable has at least six grade 12 U/M courses if you intend to pursue a degree program at university or college, and that you will have completed all diploma requirements by the end of this school year. If not, see your school counselor as soon as possible.
2. Look Into Some Programs
If you haven’t done so already, research schools, programs, required courses and averages for university at www.electronicinfo.ca. Don’t forget to research college programs, both diplomas and degrees, at www.ontariocolleges.ca.
3. Attend University and College Fairs
Plan on visiting the Ontario University Fair and the Ontario College Fair. You will benefit more from these fairs if you have already created a shortlist of schools and programs that you’re interested in learning more about.
4. Start Looking For Money
Do some financial planning with your parents. Use the OSAP Aid Estimator together to see how much assistance may be available to you (www.osap.gov.on.ca). Research bursaries and scholarships through sites such as StudentAwards.com, and remember to find out about awards offered by your school.
Teresa Cooney counsels high school students in Newmarket, Ontario.
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