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Financial Aid Timeline


  • Request applications and information from colleges.
  • Visit schools and/or plan fall visits to help narrow your choices.
  • Look into fall overnight and weekend college visitation programs.
  • Mark your calendar for college fairs and admissions representative visits.
  • Meet with your counselor to develop college admissions plan.
  • Register for the SAT, ACT and/or prep courses.
  • Consider early decision/early action programs.
  • Create a schedule of admissions and financial aid deadlines.
  • Begin applications and essays.
  • Request transcripts and letters of recommendation.
  • Explore college and scholarship information online.
  • Follow up to ensure that letters of recommendation are submitted.
  • Complete essays and applications.
  • Submit applications for early decision/early action programs.
  • Complete, photocopy, and submit your applications.
  • Obtain a Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). You can do this online by visiting FAFSA Express or FAFSA on the Web.
  • Obtain any other financial aid forms that may be required by your target schools.
  • Parents: obtain income tax information and/or complete taxes early to help in completing the FAFSA.
  • Complete, photocopy, and submit the FAFSA.
  • Be sure that you have submitted all required financial aid forms.
  • Inquire into Advanced Placement (AP) exams for college credit.
  • If selected for verification, send copies of your income tax forms to financial aid offices.
  • Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • Time to look for a summer job.
  • Receive admissions notifications.
  • Compare financial aid awards relative to cost of attendance.
  • Make your final enrollment decision and submit the enrollment deposit if requested.
  • Notify the schools you will not be attending.
  • Sign and return financial aid forms.
  • Take AP exams.
  • Send final transcript and student loan applications to your chosen college.
  • Contact your financial aid office to check your status.
  • Complete any remaining financial aid forms.
  • Plan for college orientation, transportation, and housing.
  • Finalize college transportation and housing.
  • Good luck in college!

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