Spring is right around the corner. For high school seniors, a lot will take place over the next few months. Between academics, sports, social activities like prom, and graduation looming, you have to make sure to stay on track with your college planning. Here are ten tasks that you'll have to complete this upcoming season:
1. Send copies of tax returns to financial aid offices, if required.
2. Apply for private scholarships with spring deadlines.
3. Keep your grades up - colleges will ask for your final transcript.
4. Take AP tests, if you have taken AP courses.
5. Review and open your letters from colleges. Compare financial aid awards.
6. Choose which college to attend!
The reply date is typically May 1 for regular admissions. Notify the school that you've selected and send your admission deposit. Let other schools know that you will not be attending, so that they may give your place and aid funds to another student. Aid awards must be accepted in order to hold them. If your aid award is such that you expect significant difficulty in meeting costs, communicate with the school’s financial aid office.
7. Ask your guidance counselor to send your final transcript to your chosen school.
8. Thank your counselor and those who gave you recommendations. Tell them about your plans.
9. Look into student and parent loans. Apply for loans, and expect the first college bill.
10. Graduate from high school!
To track your college planning process from freshman to senior year of high school, click below: