|College Application and Financial Aid Calendar|
Activities for high school
student's senior year
Many parents begin planning their child's education at
birth. Whether you've been saving and planning for the
past 18 years or you just recently started discussing college
plans with your child, senior year is quickly approaching, and
decisions need to be made.
The summer before your child's senior year is a good time to
narrow down college choices. You and your child may base these
decisions on various factors (e.g., cost, location, curriculum,
or extracurricular activities). If you haven't done so
already, now is the time to request catalogs, attend college
fairs, and visit campuses to help narrow the list of
Be sure to jot down specific school deadlines for
applications, scholarships, and financial aid forms. Post this
calendar on your refrigerator so that you and your child can
|Attend college fairs.
||Gather financial aid
information--attend financial aid nights.
||Compare financial aid
packages offered by various colleges.
Visit college campuses before making
the final cut.
Apply for financial aid (annually).
Complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student
Make final decision--which school
will it be?
Work to earn spending money.
Decide which schools to apply to,
and mail the applications.
Obtain and review student aid
report--make necessary revisions.
Pay deposit to college.
Prepare to move if you're going away
|Early decision applications
are typically due in November--check with each
||Complete other financial aid
||Get settled in your
dorm/apartment. If you'll be living at home, set up
a special study area.
|General admissions process
||Learn about employment and
extracurricular activities on campus and the nearby