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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 to which 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.
  • Register for October/November SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Test, and ACT tests.
  • Take another look at your list of colleges, and make sure that they still satisfy your requirements. Add and/or remove colleges as necessary.
  • Make sure you meet the requirements (including any transcript requirements) for all the colleges to which you want to apply.
  • 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.
  • 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. Register for December or January SAT Reasoning Test and/or SAT Subject Test, if necessary.
  • Continue thinking about and beginning writing (if you have not already started) any essays to be included with your applications.

November:

  • Submit your college admission applications.

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.
  • Schedule any remaining required interviews.

January:

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM) on or after January 1st. Contact the Financial Aid Office to see if you need to complete additional financial aid forms and check into other financial aid options. In order to be considered for financial aid, you’ll need to submit these forms even if you haven’t yet been notified of your acceptance to the college(s) to which you applied.
  • Go to the FAFSA on the WebSM now to complete the form. Or complete a paper FAFSA.
  • Request that your high school send your official transcripts to the colleges to which you are applying.
  • Make sure your parents have completed their income tax forms in anticipation of the financial aid applications. If they haven’t completed their taxes, providing estimated figures is acceptable.
  • 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 2-3 weeks if you applied via paper. If you applied on-line, you can receive results via e-mail by the next business day after electronic submission. If corrections are needed, correct and return it to the FAFSA processor promptly.
  • Complete your 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:

  • If you haven’t received an acceptance letter from the college (s) to which you applied, contact the admissions office.
  • Compare your acceptance letters, financial aid and scholarship offers.
  • When you choose a college that has accepted you, you may be required to pay a nonrefundable deposit for freshman tuition (this should ensure your place in the entering freshman class).

May:

  • Take Advanced Placement (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.
  • Now that you know you will be attending college in the fall, it is a good idea to evaluate whether to get student health insurance in case of any unforeseen emergencies or whether your family’s insurance coverage is sufficient.

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