Most freshman college students are recent high school graduates, but preparing for the costs and academic challenges of higher education is a process that should begin several years earlier. Parents can play a key role in their child’s future by recognizing all of the necessary steps for college readiness. There are scholarships that students can apply for before they begin taking college courses. It’s important for learners and their parents to be aware of such opportunities. Organized by different grade levels, this checklist highlights important deadlines and benchmarks that prospective students will encounter as they prepare for college.