Both parents and students have plenty to do throughout the college search and applications process. These timelines can give you some great help to figure out what you should be doing and when, all throughout a student's high school years.

When it comes to college planning, it may seem like there are a million things to think about, but don't worry. Whether you're a student or parent, the following college planning timelines will keep you on track and in the know throughout high school. Helpful, step-by-step tips cover everything from taking the right classes, making a list of colleges, to filling out college forms and applications on time!

College planning timelines for students

Ready...set...go! Get college planning advice for each year of high school.

College planning timelines for parents

Get step-by-step planning tips to help your child prepare for college.

College planning timeline for going back to college 

Been out of the education game for a few years? Get a step-by-step roadmap for:

If you're a high school student or the parent of a high school student, don't worry if you aren't starting with the 9th-grade timeline. However, you could play catch up by checking out the previous timelines first!