Free College Planning Materials

SOS provides free college planning materials relevant to each grade level. Additional copies of these materials may be downloaded below.

Transitioning into Middle School

Transitioning into Middle School - Academic and social tips for 5th grade students on how to make a successful transition into middle school

Tips for High School

Tips for High School - Academic and social tips for 8th grade students on how to make a successful transition into high school, plus a college planning timeline for grades 8-12

Tips for Freshmen

Tips for Freshmen - Academic and extracurriuclar tips for 9th grade students that emphasize the importance of starting high school off on the right foot

College Planning Tips for Sophomores

Tips for Sophomores - College planning tips for 10th grade students to assist with college and career goals

You're Hired!

You're Hired! - Preparation tips on how to ace a job interview

Career and Technical Education

Career & Technical Education - Overview of the nine aspects that are common to any business or industry

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How to Get Money for College Handbook -  Describes fundamental details of how to combine scholarships, grants, student loans, and other forms of financial aid; most appropriate for high school seniors needing detailed financial aid information, but can be used to expose younger students to general financial aid concepts

eCampusTours Advisor

eCampusTours Advisor - Includes general information about choosing a career path or major, finding the right college, applying and getting admitted to college, paying for college, and a college planning checklist for juniors and seniors; most appropriate to create early awareness among high school sophomores and juniors, but may also help expose younger and older students to specific topics

eCamusTours Rack Card

eCampusTours Rack Card - Basic informational piece designed to encourage students and parents to use the wealth of college planning information and virtual tours available on; appropriate for students of any age, whether used for early awareness of college planning or for detailed college information for current high school and college students