College Planning for High School Seniors
June 08, 2007
- File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1.
- Check with your prospective colleges about additional financial aid application forms and requirements.
- Send mid-year reports to colleges, if necessary.
- Verify that your applications have been received by colleges.
- Send thank-you notes to your recommendation sources.
- Review the SAR (Student Aid Report) to make sure the information is correct. You should receive it 4-6 weeks after you submit your FAFSA (1-2 weeks if you submit your FAFSA electronically).
- Check the mail for admissions letters and financial aid awards.
- Compare your admissions offers. Ask your guidance counselor to help you weigh your options.
- Contact the financial aid office if you have any special financial aid circumstances.
- If waitlisted, notify the admissions office if you’re still interested.
- Plan your summer internship, job or program.
- Time for a decision! Most schools ask that you choose your school by May 1.
- Notify (in writing) the schools you have decided not to attend.
- Make sure you’ve received the necessary forms for housing, health insurance, financial aid, etc.
- Pursue additional student loan options.
- Notify colleges of any private scholarship awards.
- Have your final transcripts sent to your new school.
- Research banking options near your college.
- Double-check any final deadlines for housing, financial aid, etc.
- Set up a projected first-year college budget.