||Help your student develop good study habits. This
is the year that many students move to the middle school
level. The study habits that develop in the middle school
years will set the stage for later years, so build a
||Explore extracurricular interests. Middle
school offers a time for students to get involved in
sports teams, band, choir, theater and more. Encourage
your student to try as many of these activities as s/he
has time for and interest in, but be sure the activities
do not interfere with schoolwork.
||Start saving money for college, if you have
not already. Put away as much as you can for
college so that this “nest egg” grows over
time and is available when you need it. Even just a
few dollars from every paycheck helps. Click
here for more information on savings. Click here for more information on how savings can affect financial aid.
||Continue to talk with your student
about careers and his/her interests. Deciding
on a career takes a long time and a lot of exploration.
Middle school students can begin to understand the
concepts of college, careers and the future. Use this
time to explore these issues with them on a regular
||Indiana students who qualify for the Twenty-first Century Scholars program should sign up by June 30. This is the first of three years of eligibility (6th, 7th and 8th grade), but you should apply to the program as early as possible if eligible. Click here for more information on the Twenty-first Century Scholars Program.
Links to Important Information &
College Savings Information: http://www.triptocollege.org/paying_colleges/caught_
Additional Career Exploration Resources:
Indiana Career Information System Middle School Version