College Planning in Your Senior Year

Did you just finish your junior year of high school? You’re almost there! Your senior year begins next month. It may seem like a whirlwind of activities and events, but have fun and don’t forget that you’ll have a whole new chapter waiting for you in 2025. Take time to develop your plan of action for education after high school.

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  • Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2025-26 academic year is scheduled to open October 1. The vast majority of high school seniors will be considered dependent students on the FAFSA, which means you’ll probably also need to submit one or both parents’ financial information along with yours on the application. The FAFSA is simply a snapshot of your family’s financial situation—it’s not a credit check or loan application, and it doesn’t ask for your grade point average (GPA). Federal Student Aid, a division of the U.S. Department of Education, will use the data from your FAFSA to determine how much federal financial aid you may be able to receive. Be sure to submit your FAFSA as soon as it becomes available.
  • Create your account. Over the summer you can set up your account. This account’s username and password will be used when you access the FAFSA application. You’ll also use it to electronically sign the form. One or both of your parents will also need a account. Create it now and hang on to it until the 2025-26 FAFSA becomes available. You’ll use it every year.
  • Wait for results. Watch for mail/email from the colleges that you included on your FAFSA. They will be able to tell you how much financial aid you may qualify for at their school, and they’ll let you know about important deadlines

Enjoy your last year of high school. We wish you a bright and prosperous future!