FAFSA4caster will help you understand your options for paying for college.
College Fair Calendar
Finish High School
Choose A College
Get Ready for Your FAFSA
Get Your College Application Materials Together
Know the different application types and deadlines.
Decide if you want to apply for an “early action” or “early decision” at any college and check the application due dates.
Register for the SAT and/or the ACT.
Consult your college advisor/high school counselor and college websites about any other required tests.
Request letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, employers, and others to include in your college applications.
Write a strong essay.
Ask teachers, family members and friends to read your college application essay draft, and give consideration to their suggestions.
Continue participating in and tracking your extracurricular activities.
Financial Aid Application
Complete the FAFSA as early as possible after October 1.
Visit startheregetthere.org to find a local FAFSA completion event and help with the FAFSA.
File your TAP application at the end of the FAFSA.
See if any of the colleges you’re applying to require any other financial aid forms, such as the CSS Profile.
Organize Your Applications
Complete College Applications
Finish Your Research
Look for early admissions notices from colleges, if applicable.
Talk to alumni and college friends to get more information about the colleges to which you applied.
January - February
Fill Out Scholarship Applications
TAP Award Status
Check Your Financial Status
Award Letter Comparison Tool
Look for college financial aid packages from colleges to which you are accepted. Find out what happens next.
If you have questions, review your financial aid packages with the colleges’ financial aid offices.
Visit Your Top Choices
Its Decision Time!!!!
Decide what college you will attend, sign college letter of intent, accept or refuse the financial aid offered, and send in the required housing and tuition deposits by May 1. Use the Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool to compare award letters before you accept any offer.
Celebrate your college decision.
Communicate Your Decision
Send thank you notes to all who assisted you, including college advisors/high school counselors, teachers and others who wrote recommendation letters.
Notify the colleges which you decided not to attend. If you have received aid packages from these colleges, notify the financial aid offices so the awards can be offered to other students.
Notify your high school counselor office and college financial aid office of any scholarships received.
Follow Up with Financial Aid
June - August
Tie Up Loose Ends
Finalize your Financial Aid
Congratulations!!!! You're Ready for College!!!!!