- Research colleges you’re interested in online for admissions information.
- If you’re applying for Early Decision, start filling out the forms to meet the college’s deadline.
- If you haven’t taken the ACT/SAT or if you think you can do better, register.
- Get with your counselor to find out about the financial aid sources available to you.
- Ask your parents to get their tax return information ready so you can submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1.
- Meet with college admissions representatives at college fairs or when they visit your school.
- Attend a financial aid seminar if your school offers one.
- If you haven’t picked a college yet, narrow your list by visiting schools and talking with students. You should probably talk with your parents too.
- If you’re going Early Decision, most schools want the applications submitted about now.
- If you’re going through the regular admissions process, it’s time to ask teachers to write recommendations and to polish your admissions essay if you have to write one.
- Check with each school’s financial aid office to see what financial aid forms they require in addition to the FAFSA.
- Make sure your applications were received on time.
- If you went Early Decision and were accepted, withdraw your applications from other schools.
- Submit midyear grades if the colleges you’ve applied to require them.
- Send in any deposits that are required.
- If you’ve been accepted by more than one college but haven’t heard from your first choice, contact that school about a decision before you make any nonrefundable deposits to other schools.
- If you’ve decided on which school to attend, notify that college of your decision. Let any other colleges that have accepted you know about your decision.
- Follow up on your financial aid package.
- If you’re going to need student loans, compare the benefits offered by the various lenders your college uses.
- Take AP tests if you’re enrolled in AP courses.
- If you’re on a waiting list at a school you really want to attend, ask the director of admissions how to strengthen your application.
- Let your high school counselor know which school you’re going to so the school can send in final grades, class rank and proof of graduation.
- Send thank-you notes to counselors, teachers and others who helped you through the process.
- Prepare a budget for the coming school year.