||Meet with your counselor to review and evaluate your college plans in light of your ACT and SAT scores and high school grades thus far. Sign up to take or retake the ACT and SAT tests, if needed.Make sure your high school transcript is correct and current. Ask and adult who knows you well to write a general letter of recommendation for you that can be copied and signed each time you need it.Make sure that you’ve completed all required steps in the admission, scholarship, and financial aid processes at each school you wan to attend.
||Attend local or regional college fairs. Keep looking for scholarship money at fastweb.com and other sources.
||If you’ve applied at an early decision school, make sure everything is finalized.
||Watch for a response to your application for a military academy appointment, ROTC scholarship or an early decision school.
||Pick up the new Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid from your high school counselor or find it online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Encourage your parents to complete their income tax form as quickly as possible. Complete and submit the FAFSA and keep a copy.
||Complete FAFSA, if you haven’t already done so.Continue to monitor all applications.
||Watch your mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR). When you receive the SAR, make sure all of the information is correct. Contact the financial office of each school that you listed on the FAFSA and ask for a status report on your request for financial aid. Begin applying for local scholarships.
||Decide which school you want to attend.
||Finalize details with your parents on paying room deposits, tuition deposits, and other immediate expenses.
||Let your college financial aid office know about any outside scholarships, grants, or other kinds of student aid form private sources that you’ll receive. Review your financial aid award letters. Follow the directions, completely, sign it, and return it to the financial aid office. If you have any questions or concerns, call the school’s financial aid office right away. If you accepted a Federal Work-Study award in your aid package, it may be your responsibility to find an appropriated job. Check with the financial aid office.