College Info Center: Early College Awareness

Early College Awareness

It's never too early to start planning for college! During Middle School students should focus on academic skills.  


Research says that students who take ALGEBRA 1 in the 9th grade (or earlier) have the best chance of going to college. So . . . talk to your guidance counselor and make sure you are on the right academic course for college. What else can you do?

  • Middle School is also a great time to Explore Careers.  Take advantage of career fairs or job shadow days offered by your school or by local community organizations.
  • Sign up for our e-newsletter, the College Info Update. It is delivered monthly to your email address.  Or, it is available on our web site on the first Friday of the month.
  • Start learning about Financial Aid. Many students think that they may not be able to afford college costs.  But there are many financial aid programs that can help! The more you know, the easier it will be to take advantage of them.
  • Talk to your parents about your college plans. There are many resources to help them learn more about how they can help you prepare for college.
  • Check out other great resources that can help you plan for college.

The CIC sponsors several programs that help middle school students and their families plan for college. Check out our Educational Talent Search, Kids2College and Financially Fit for College programs!

If you attend Macfarland Middle School or Evans Middle School, contact us about our Educational Talent Search program.  ETS is one of the federally funded TRIO programs that assists low income, first generation middle and high school students with preparing for and enrolling in postsecondary education. The CIC Talent Search program serves 600 students in five D.C Public middle and high schools.

For more information about our early college planning activities, please call the CIC at (202) 393-1100, ext. 16 or e-mail us at

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