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College Planning for High School Seniors

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.

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