- Start thinking about college choice. Make an appointment to talk with your guidance counselor.
- Register with www.fastweb.com to find the money you need for college.
- Plan to take your PSAT during your junior year and start studying for the ACT or SAT.
- Summer after Junior Year
- Visit college campuses and ask friends in college for their advice.
- Request applications and brochures from your top colleges.
- Get started on college application essays by writing sample drafts.
- Take some time out to prepare for your standardized tests.
- Get your applications in order by creating files for your target schools. Make a list of application requirements (essays, transcripts, etc.) and deadlines.
- Request letters of recommendation from teachers and community leaders.
- Talk to your parents about college costs. Decide how much you can afford and explore your options for funding.
- Visit www.finaid.org to learn more about financial aid.
- Apply for scholarships from private organizations. Check your FastWeb search results for new scholarships.
- If you're applying through Early Action or Early Decision, get your application in this month.
- Work on those college applications. Many applications are due in early January.
- 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.
- Check the mail for admissions letters and financial aid awards.
- Compare your admissions offers. Ask your guidance counselor to help you weigh your options.
- Time for a decision! Most schools ask that you choose your school by May 1.
- Don't forget to notify schools you have decided not to attend.
- Doublecheck any final deadlines for housing, financial aid, etc.
- Have your final transcripts sent to your new school.