Parent/Student College Prep – Junior & Senior Years
- Meet with your school counselor to express your desire to attend college
- Develop good study habits
- Take Advanced Placement (AP) courses if possible.
- Begin to explore scholarship possibilities and options. Checkout databases like Tuition Funding Sources (tuitionfundingsources.com)
- Meet with your counselor to help determine colleges that may be a good fit for you and your goals.
- Begin to narrow your college choices.
- Attend college presentations at you school
- Prepare for the ACT/SAT
- Take school prep courses if offered
- Take the test in spring of this year. You can retake the test again if necessary.
- Visit college campuses
- Plan for college admissions
- Contact and meet with admission departments
- Gather recommendation letters from teachers, fiends and family
- Prepare application essays
- Target and submit application well before the deadline for schools you are applying to..
- Continue scholarship search ( tuitionfundingsources.com )
- Compare estimated college costs and aid availability of your top colleges with the Net Price Calculator (NPC) on each college website
- Create your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID at fsaid.ed.gov
- Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 every year you plan to attend college at fafsa.ed.gov
- Research the college of choice if it requires additional financial aid applications and pay close attention to specific deadlines for completion .
- Complete college applications
- Ask your high school to send transcripts to the colleges to which you have applied.
- Make sure all the information is correct and up to date when you receive your Student Aid Report
- Apply for financial aid through all available sources
February – May
- Keep an eye out for financial aid award letters and communication
- Compare award letters to determine whether awarded financial aid and family resources cover college costs
- If you have taken AP (advanced placement) courses, register to take exams at the end of the semester
- Select the college of your choice and mail in your tuition deposit by the deadline to secure admission
- Register for summer orientation at your college
- Enjoy your graduation
- Apply for additional financing , if needed
- Prepare for college with a checklist of things-to-do. Ask your mentor if they can help with this
- Heads-up for all notifications from your college… (dorm selection – assignment, parking etc…)
- Pay attention to fall deadlines for fall term class registration
- Watch for college bills and make sure costs are covered by financial aid or your family
- Check and check again your finances to cover initial costs.