- Register for the October/November SAT and/or SAT Subject Test, or October ACT.
- Review college application deadlines and special application requirements.
- Ask teachers, coaches, and employers to write a letter of recommendation.
- Visit with guidance counselor to review list of colleges, making sure choices are appropriate for academic and personal requirements.
- Update any personal records.
- Visit Scholarships.com to conduct a free college scholarship search and to research financial aid.
- Visit the public and high school library, bookstore, and the Internet to research any additional sources of scholarships and financial aid.
- Plan visits, and set up interviews to those colleges not previously visited.
- Submit applications for early decision/early action programs. Prepare applications for back-up choices.
- Register for the December/January SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests, or December ACT.
- Develop a schedule of admissions and financial aid deadlines.
- Begin preparing your applications for regular admission. These applications are usually due by the end of December or early January.
- If you submitted early decision applications, contact the admissions offices at those schools to make sure they have everything they need from you.
- Visit Scholarships.com for college scholarships and financial aid information. Update personal profile information to include any changes or last minute additions.
- Visit guidance counselor to make sure transcript and test scores have been sent to selected colleges.
- Visit high school guidance office, bank or public library to inquire about scheduled financial aid presentations.
- Early decision replies usually arrive between December 1st and December 31st.
- Obtain all financial aid forms that may be required by intended colleges.
- Visit Scholarships.com, update personal profile information to include any changes or last minute additions.
- Obtain a Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) (available at high schools, colleges and libraries, or by calling 1-800-4-fed-aid. FAFSA is also available online--along with additional college information at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov). Complete, copy, and submit FAFSA (Don't wait for the deadline). Parents and students should compile income tax information and complete and file income tax returns early to complete the FAFSA application.
- Check to determine if any other financial aid forms are required.
- 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.
- Make sure that all required financial aid forms have been submitted.
- Many private scholarships have March 1 application deadlines. Visit Scholarships.com to update your personal profile information, apply for any new scholarship awards discovered.
- If required, send copies of income tax returns to financial aid offices.
- Receive Student Aid Report (SAR). This should occur approximately 2-3 weeks after you submit FAFSA. Contact school's financial aid office to ask if they need a copy of the SAR.
- Monitor all applications, and make sure that all materials have been completed, sent and received on time.
- Take the Advanced Placement exams for any AP subjects you've taken in high school.
- Sign and return financial aid forms.
- Receive admissions notifications and compare financial aid packages. Send any required deposits prior to their due date.
- Make your acceptance choice. Find out what deposits you will be required to make to ensure your place in the freshman class.
- Send final transcript and student loan applications to chosen college. Contact financial aid office to check status.
- Visit Scholarships.com.
- Complete any remaining financial aid forms.
- Contact the school you will be attending to determine when fees for tuition, room, and board are due and how much they are.
- Pay all college bills due.
- Visit Scholarships.com, it's never too early to look for next year.
- During the summer before your freshman year, you should participate in any summer orientation program for incoming freshmen.
- Make any necessary arrangements for any medical exams or health insurance coverage.