3. After applying you may need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many schools require students to do this to help get your financial aid, grants, and loans in order and to assess your eligibility for their financial aid specific to the school.
4. After you have been accepted and decide on a school/program based on cost, financial aid, location, and other factors, you will need to be sure to read all communication you receive from the school. It can be either by mail or e-mail. Much of the information they send may have forms or other important information that you will need to read and complete prior to starting. Make sure you complete and understand all of these things and if you have questions contact the school for more information. Some of the things you may need to do are:
- Complete a placement or compass test prior to starting classes so the school knows what Math and English classes you need to take.
- Register for classes.
- Fill out housing information.
- Meet with your advisor and declare a major.
- Find out about on or off campus jobs.
- Order your books.
- Accept or provide further information for financial aid and school loans.
Once you have completed all the necessary items and have nailed down your financial aid/loans, then you are ready to start college life. You will be able to create a path for yourself that is paved with fun, learning, volunteering, extracurricular activities, friends, professors and all of the other great experiences that you will have. Below are some great resources to help get you started with your college planning.