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Financial Aid & College Timeline

The financial aid process is often considered overwhelming. And while that may be the case, starting early and staying on top of the process of planning for college is essential to your future success. We can’t remind students enough, when preparing for college, the importance of applying early and applying often for financial aid opportunities. Much of that funding is already distributed by the end of your senior year, and college-based awards are often given on a first-come, first-served basis. You don’t want to find out too late in the process that you won’t be able to attend your top school because you missed a financial aid deadline and as a result won’t be able to afford that long-anticipated freshman year. So, whether you’re a student or a parent, the following timelines will keep you on track and in the know throughout high school.

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by Scholarships.com Staff

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