Start Making College DecisionsYou can’t make all of your final college decisions until all of your admissions responses have arrived from colleges, but you can start mapping out the different scenarios so that you’re prepared for whatever decisions may arrive. Be prepared no matter what responses may come – and start narrowing down college decisions as they arrive in the mail.
Verify Financial AidBefore you make any finalized college budget decisions, make sure to verify your financial aid. You don’t want to count on any financial aid that isn’t actually available to you!
Send Your Final Transcripts to CollegesEnsure your final transcripts are sent to colleges via your advisor or school counselor. Never assume they will do the job for you – double check that your transcripts have been sent to the correct schools and will meet each school’s housing deadline.
Prep for Finals and/or AP ExamsIf you have any upcoming finals and AP exams, ensure you prepare well ahead of time. Your senior year grades will have an impact on your college admissions decisions. Assuming you are already admitted into a particular school, you grades will impact whether or not you’re going to remain admitted. Additionally, if your grades continually improve so that colleges you’re waitlisted for may reconsider.
Prepare for Graduation EarlyThe earlier you sign up for graduation gear and plan things (like graduation parties, announcements, etc.) will mean saving a lot of extra money. Make sure to take on tasks early so that you won’t get penalized for late sign-ups for silly tasks like, say, your graduation cap and gown. You already know you’ll be needing these items so there’s no point in putting it off, especially since waiting until the last minute will cost extra!
Apply for ScholarshipsAs always, you should continue to apply for scholarships. College isn't cheap and you can always use extra money to pay for school! Make sure to continually apply to scholarships you match to and don't get discouraged if you don't win. Applying is ultimately a numbers game and the more scholarships you apply for, the better your chances are of winning. So apply early and apply often!
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