PlanningPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/campushub/fafsant/planning/
Monthly Planning Guide For The College Bound Student
September - December
- Review your courses for this year and plan for your senior year. Be sure you select the high school courses required for college admission.
- Investigate Advanced Placement Courses (High School courses which will count for college credit).
- Prepare a list of colleges you're considering. Check with your school counselor and/or library for books and computer materials on the colleges you're interested in attending.
January - February
- Begin to narrow the college list and contact the remaining colleges for literature.
- Set up a file for each college you are considering.
- Check out financial aid/scholarship information at www.finaid.org.
March - May
- Take the ACT or SAT.
- Grades aren't the only thing schools evaluate; how's your public service involvement?
- Keep your grades up!
June - July
- Visit colleges and take tours. Continue to refine your list of colleges.
- Continue to evaluate colleges, perhaps talking to a recent graduate or current student.
- Add money from your summer job to your college savings account.
- Decide which school is right for you-large or small, public or private, close to home or away from home?
- Use the summer to narrow your choices and visit schools.
- Register to take the SAT or ACT, if you did not do so as a junior or if you want to retake the tests.
- Check with your school counselor about local college fairs.
- Call or write the schools you are interested in and ask for catalogs and applications.
- Get letters of recommendation.
- Research private scholarship sources and write letters requesting application information for those you've identified.
- Visit additional colleges, and make necessary second visits.
- Discuss your application essay with your English teacher.
- Complete and submit your application if you are applying on an "early decision" basis.
- Remind your parents that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms are due as soon as possible after January 1.
- Check priority deadlines and entrance requirements for all colleges that you are considering.
- See if any of the colleges you are considering offer an early financial aid estimate.
- Apply to selected colleges (usually three to five). Keep copies of applications and other paperwork in your file folders.
- Last chance to take SAT or ACT.
- Obtain a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from your high school or Dept. of Ed. web site at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Fill out and submit the forms required by the schools you have applied to.
- Attend a financial aid night at your high school.
- After you and your parents complete your tax returns, complete the FAFSA and submit it for processing.
- Research possible sources of financial aid with your High School Guidance Office or a College Financial Aid Office.
- As college forms arrive, promptly complete and return them to colleges, don't let them sit! (Keep copies in your files.)
- Submit copies of tax forms if required by the Financial Aid Office.
- Look for a summer job
- Make your final decision on which school you want to attend and send in your deposit.
- Complete the application for any student loans for which you plan to apply.
- Notify colleges to which you applied but will not attend.
- Send thank you notes to the teachers and counselors who helped you.
- Have your high school send your final transcript to your college.
- Have fun at graduation.
- Add more money from this summer's job to your college savings account.
- Pay required school fees and bills.
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