Seniors! Many of you are celebrating spring break this month and that can be a prime time to check a few things off your college planning checklist. Use this much-needed vacation from school to consider what you really want out of college, and what you still need to do to get there.
- If you have not started or completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), this is a perfect time to get it done. It’s not too late to submit your FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic year. In fact, the FAFSA for 2023-24 will become available Oct. 1. Everything you need to know about completing the FAFSA can be found at StudentAid.gov. Find helpful tools and resources at StartWithFAFSA.org.
- Check in with the financial aid and admission offices at the college(s) you may attend to make sure they’ve received your paperwork and all requested information.
- Set a reminder to speak with your high school counselor to request that your final high school transcript be sent to the college(s) to which you’ve applied.
- Watch your email or mailbox for FAFSA results and/or financial aid offers. Aid offers specify the type and amount of financial aid a particular college or career technology center can offer you to attend their school.
- Currently there are still scholarships available for the 2022-23 academic year and some 2023-24 scholarships are also accessible. Take the time to find and apply for scholarships! UCanGo2 has a robust collection of scholarship resources including lists of scholarships by Deadline and Category as well as a Tips for Scholarship Success guide.
Starting off on the right foot as you begin your time in college is a great way to ensure a thriving freshman year. The first day of college isn’t far away and taking care of business now will pay off big time! Start checking these items off your list so that you’re set up for success.