Seniors, it’s an exciting and nervous time while you await decisions on your applications. And while it seems like your application process is coming to a close, there’s still plenty to do. Consider the following:
- Work on your financial aid documents. If you’ve completed and submitted your FAFSA, you should have received your Student Aid Report (SAR). Look it over for accuracy and respond to any requests for any additional information as soon as possible. If you’ve finished the CSS/Profile and any state applications, such as TAP for New York residents, pay attention to any requests for additional information in your inbox. If you haven’t worked on these forms yet, submit them as soon as possible. Some aid is handed out on a first come first serve basis, so don’t wait too long.
- Look for Scholarship opportunities. There are so many resources to use to research scholarships. Scholarships have varying deadlines throughout the year so continue to search and apply. There may be money out there to help fund your college education.
- Check your inbox. The schools you’ve already been admitted to may be reaching out to let you know about special programs and events for accepted students. Get a better picture of the school by investigating any links and opportunities they send you. Locate all those brochures you collected and notes you took and go back to websites and books you found helpful. Do you want to visit or revisit campuses to get a fresh look? If you applied for any scholarships, be on the look out for responses or requests for any follow-up actions on your part.
- Make Admissions reps aware of any new positive developments relevant to your candidacy. Be mindful in sharing only significant and meaningful accomplishments that you feel supplement your application in a positive way. If you’ve received any special attention or recognition, you should reach out to let them know about it. For example, if you’ve won an award or contest or have had your work published, take pride and share your good news with your Admissions rep. Athletic, artistic, and musical accomplishments should also be shared. Informing Admissions of your achievements could have a positive impact on your application.
- Keep up your grades. Remember colleges may still request your grades so don’t let senioritis get the better of you. Your admission and financial aid offers are contingent on maintaining your academic standing.
- Add to your list. If you’ve had a change of heart about the schools you’ve applied to, there’s still time to apply to schools with both rolling and late admissions deadlines. Check with your guidance counselor for a list of schools still accepting applications.