- Request applications and brochures from your target colleges if you haven't already. For more college options, sign up for Fastweb's College Search.
- Schedule college interviews with prospective schools.
- Set up a budget for college application costs – they can add up.
- Get your applications in order by creating files for your target schools. Make a list of application requirements (essays, transcripts, etc) and deadlines for each.
- Request letters of recommendation from teachers, advisors and employers.
- Work on application essays.
- ACT is offered on September 10, 2016.
- Start gathering materials and financial records for the FAFSA, available on October 1 (starting this year).
- File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October1.
- Talk to your parents about college cost. Decide how much you can afford and explore your options for funding.
- Request transcripts sent to your target schools.
- SAT is offered on October 1, 2016. ACT is offered on October 22, 2016.
- Visit Fastweb Financial Aid to learn more about financial aid.
- Start applying for scholarships from private organizations. Check your Fastweb search results for new scholarships.
- If you're applying Early Action or Early Decision, get your application in this month.
- Keep copies of all applications and forms sent to colleges.
- Request test scores sent to colleges.
- SAT is offered on November 5, 2016. ACT is offered on December 10, 2016.
- 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).
- SAT is offered on December 3, 2016.
- Work on college applications! Many applications are due this month or in early January.
- Find out when the SAT and ACT are offered and sign up, if you haven't taken them already or need to retake.
- 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.
- 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 wait-listed, 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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