If you are a senior in high school, here is a list of things you should be doing in order to start college in the fall.

  1. Have a financial talk with your parent(s)/guardian if you haven’t already. Ask your parents if they have a college fund set up for you and how much is in there. Ask them if they can or will help you pay for college. Go to fafsa.gov and find out how much financial aid you qualify for using FAFSA4caster.
  2. Apply for your top college choices. Even if you haven’t visit the college yet, go on and apply, so you don’t miss the application deadline. You can visit later.
  3. Retake the ACT/SAT. Unless you have an amazing score and can get into the college you want and the scholarships you want, retake it. It can’t hurt.
  4. Find and apply for scholarship applications. Go to the “Scholarship Hunting” page to see how to find scholarships you can qualify for. Fill out every application that you find.
  5. Apply for the FAFSA. Applications for the FAFSA open February 1. The earlier you apply, the higher your chances are for getting grants and other financial aid. Income taxes are not a requirement to fill out the FAFSA. You and your parents can use a pay stub or last year’s taxes to fill it the application and qualify you for grants in February. Then fill in the correct tax information in April.