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What age do you start needing to worry about college?

not paying for it, but the extracurricular and grades and things. Like do they only look at grades from high school? Middle school? Elementary?

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Asked by hibbingmom at 6:22 PM on Apr. 11, 2011 in

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  • You should start from day one, first day of school and on create good study habits and praise for good grades and emphasize that anything with their name on it should be their best, this is how you create a good student versus an average one.

    Answer by older at 6:23 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • as far as i know they only request high school transcripts. ive gone back to college and transferred a few times since high school graduation and all they wanted were my high school transcripts.

    Answer by tnm786 at 6:42 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • They only ask for high school transcripts, but if a child doesn't form the habits of a successful student long before they get to high school they may find it too difficult. The same is true with many extra-curricular activities; if a child hasn't ever participated in anything by the time they get to high school, they may find it very difficult to excel at that point.


    Answer by TweenAndTwinMom at 6:47 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • At the latest, 9th grade. Colleges look at grades and extracurricular activities starting in 9th grade.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:59 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • I agree with TweenandTwinMom. Colleges and Universities will request HS transcripts and look at activities, work experience, etc during that time. However, good students in High School rarely kick it into gear in 9th grade after years of not being in the groove. You begin developing good study habits from day 1. The first time homework comes home or graded work begins, it's a good time to start laying the foundation for a strong transcript. That's not to say you put on the pressure "must get good grades if you want college!" It means you place importance on completing homework and doing your best. You make education a priority. You give your child the opportunity to get invovled in extracurricular activities.

    Answer by ldmrmom at 11:04 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

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