The Home Stretch

It’s hard to believe that it’s already March. College admissions decisions will soon be released anytime between now and April 1st. So, while are you are waiting for responses, here are a few more tasks to complete:

  1. Confirm that all your financial aid documents are in order. You should have received your Student Aid Report (SAR) after you completed and submitted your FAFSA. Review your SAR and respond to any requests for additional information immediately. If you finished the CSS/Profile and any state applications for aid, be on the lookout for any requests for further information. Often, aid is distributed on a first come first serve basis, so make sure to submit any financial aid forms you have not already sent in.
  2. Identify scholarship opportunities. There are so many resources available that you can make use of to search for scholarships. Scholarship deadlines vary— so continue your search throughout the school year.
  3. Avoid senioritis. Your admission and financial aid offers are contingent on maintaining your academic standing, so stay on track.
  4. Read your emails daily. Look for any new correspondence from the schools to which you’ve already been admitted. They may be reaching out with information about special programs and events, as well as scholarship opportunities.
  5. Reach out to your admissions reps with good news. Share only meaningful and significant accomplishments that enhance your application. For example, if you’ve won an award or a contest or have had any of your work published, let them know.
  6. Now is the time to apply to any additional schools. There’s still time to apply to schools with both rolling and late admissions deadlines as well as schools that have chosen to extend their deadlines. Ask your guidance counselor for a list of schools still accepting applications.
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