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The following recommended timeline is adapted from


  • Sign up for the SAT/ACT again.
  • Double-check that your courses meet graduation requirements.
  • Get shining letters of recommendation from your fan club of teachers and employers.
  • Make plans to visit during your next long weekend or break.


  • Make plans to attend the upcoming SAGU Campus Days.
  • If you forgot to register for the SAT or the ACT, do it now!
  • Speak with your college advisor as often as you can.
  • Start filling out your application.
  • Attempt a first draft of your application essay and resume.


  • Pick up your FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Meet again with your college advisor.
  • Finish up your applications and schedule a visits.
  • Take the SAT again.
  • Pick up student financial aid application forms.


  • Register again for the SAT or ACT.
  • The holiday break gives you lots of time to finish your essay and resume, not to mention the application.


  • Write it on your calendar - "January is Financial Aid Awareness Month."
  • If you haven't yet picked it up, et FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Make a copy of your family's tax returns for future reference.
  • Is your application submitted?
  • Search the Internet for specific scholarship and financial aid info.
  • Check your mail for decisions on those early admission applications.


  • Check out financial aid available from church groups, labor unions, and other organizations.
  • Is your application submitted?


  • Do you need to register for Advanced Placement (AP) exams?
  • Remember those tax return copies? Keep them on hand.
  • Financial aid deadlines are approaching. Don't miss them.
  • If you haven't visited, arrange a visit.
  • Submit your housing deposit.


  • Make an enrollment decision.
  • When you get your financial aid package, review it with your choice college's advisors until you completely understand it.
  • It's not too late to register for the Advanced Placement (AP) exams if you hurry.


  • Ask that your final transcript be sent to the college you will be attending.
  • Send thank-you notes to those who have helped you out along the way.


  • Let your high school guidance office know of any other scholarships you land.
  • If you need to borrow from the Federal Family Education Loan Programs, fill out the applications.
  • Remember that summer job? Put some money away -- you'll need it for education funding and books!
  • All of your college preparation has paid off. Get ready for your first year of college!