College Planning

Fall Semester

SEPTEMBER

Check your transcripts to make sure you have all the credits you need to get into your college(s) of choice. Find out from the colleges that you are applying whether or not they need official copies of your transcripts (transcripts sent directly from your high school) sent at the time of application. If you are seeking to retake the SAT or ACT see your counselor to obtain appropriate registration materials. Utilize test prep resources for your upcoming exams. Take another look at your list of colleges, and make sure that they still satisfy your requirements. Add or remove colleges as necessary. Give any recommendation forms to the appropriate teachers or counselors with stamped, college-addressed, envelopes making certain that your portion of the forms are filled out completely and accurately. Most early decision and early action applications are due between October 1 and November 1. Keep this in mind if you intend to take advantage of these options and remember to request that your high school send your official transcripts to the college to which you are applying.

OCTOBER

Make a final list of schools that interest you and keep a file of deadlines and required admission items for each school. Make sure you meet the requirements (including any transcript requirements) for all the colleges to which you want to apply. Double-check the deadlines and apply. Take SAT and/or ACT tests. Have the official scores sent by the testing agency to the colleges/universities that have made your final list of schools. Continue thinking about and begin writing (if you have not already started) any essays to be included with your applications.

NOVEMBER

Submit your college admission applications. A good rule of thumb is to have all your college admission applications turned in before the holiday breaks. Begin completing the FAFSA Worksheet for financial aid.

DECEMBER

Early decision replies usually arrive between December 1st and December 31st. If you haven't already done so, make sure your official test scores are being sent to the colleges to which you are applying.

Spring Semester

JANUARY

Make sure your parent(s) have completed their income tax forms in anticipation of the financial aid applications. Complete and submit your college financial aid application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1 and February 15, and check for other financial aid options. In order to be considered for financial aid, you will need to submit these forms even if you have not yet been notified of your acceptance to the college(s) to which you applied. (More information included and more information will be given out closer to January). Request that your high school send your official transcripts to the colleges to which you are applying. Contact the admissions office of the college(s) to which you have applied to make sure that your information has been received, and that they have everything they need from you.

FEBRUARY

If you completed the FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within four weeks. If there are errors on your SAR, make the necessary corrections and return it to the FAFSA processor. Complete scholarship applications. Contact the financial aid office of the college(s) to which you have applied to make sure that your information has been received, and that they have everything they need from you.

MARCH/APRIL

You will probably hear from the colleges as to whether or not you are accepted by April 15. Compare your acceptance letters, financial aid, and scholarship offers. Compare financial aid packages and options. You will start receiving information and applications regarding housing and room and board. Many of these have priority deadlines.

MAY

Take AP exams for any AP subjects you studied in high school.
You should make a decision by May 1st as to which college you will be attending and notify the school by mailing your commitment deposit check. Many schools require that your notification letter be postmarked by this date. If you were placed on a waiting list for a particular college, and have decided to wait for an opening, contact that college and let them know you are still very interested.

JUNE

Have your school send your final transcripts to the college which you will be attending. Contact your college to determine when fees for tuition, room, and board are due and how much they will be. Summer After Senior Year Participate in any summer orientation programs for incoming freshmen.

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