_____ Decide what careers you are interested
in and which colleges fit your needs.
_____ Review the courses you have signed up to take...are you on track?
_____ Request admissions information and college catalogs
if you haven’t already done so.
_____ Develop a financial plan
for college. You can afford to go to college.
_____ Attend college fairs
_____ Retake the SAT
if you need to better your scores.
_____ Do a follow-up visit to your top three to five college choices.
_____ Request forms for scholarships
and financial aid
from the colleges you have selected.
_____ Review financial aid information and deadlines.
_____ Start out your admissions applications
(check on due dates).
_____ Pick up a financial aid form
(FAFSA) from your high school counselor.
_____ Gather necessary information to fill out the form in January.
_____ Finalize your admissions applications and get them in the mail.
_____ Submit your FAFSA
after January 1st and before the end of February to receive the best possible financial aid
_____ Are you eligible for the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship
_____ Consider taking Advanced Placement or College-Level Examination
_____ Program exams, if you didn’t take them your junior year.
_____ Start narrowing down your college selections.
_____ Ask your high school to send a copy of your transcript to the colleges you have selected.
_____ Check with your selected colleges’ financial aid offices
to ensure you do not have any incomplete items.
_____ Watch for acceptance letters and financial aid awards from your selected colleges. Compare packages. Confirm with
your college which ones you are accepting.
_____ Make your final college selection and notify colleges you will not be attending.
_____ Make sure you are completing your college filing system.
_____ Send final transcript and write thank you notes for scholarships.
_____ Register for a summer orientation at your selected college.
_____ Check to see what you need to do to register for classes and make tuition payments.
_____ Finalize plans for college. Complete your college filing system.