This is a really useful activity that I developed to be used with students of any grade level, but especially early high school years. It gets students familiar with the "language" of college: what does "undergrad" mean for example? What is the difference between a grant and a loan? What are public versus private colleges? Once students get a handle on the terms that are used in college and the college application process, they will be much better equipped by the time they get to Senior year.
This can work as a group activity, a take home project, an individual worksheet, or a teacher directed lesson. If you want to get more in depth, it could even span the course of a week in a class like Advisory or English.