Quick "May" Monthly Checklist

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Use this checklist to review those tasks that should be completed by the start of May:

  • Most schools have a May 1 Acceptance Deadline
    Deposit money will likely be required to reserve your admission. Check your school for information.
  • Be considerate and promptly notify all other schools where you have been accepted that you will be attending another school. It opens up the admission slots for other students.
  • If you are on a waiting list for a school you would like to attend, contact the school to let them know you are still interested. Keep your channels open.
  • Stay the course. Check for scholarships and grants:
    over $24.3 billion
    worth of scholarships and grants in one location
  • Start getting yourself ready for college:

Take the AP Placement Exams

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Sit for the Advanced Placement Exams or the CLEP tests to test out of subject areas you had in high school. This avoids from having to take similar classes in college.

The exams are generally administered in May:

  • Information about the advanced placement program:
    the collegeboard administers the AP exams. This site has all the information you need including test programs and dates:

Review Your Financial Award Letter

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You should receive your "Financial Award Package" with information on your qualifying financial aid from each school that you have been admitted.

The Financial Award Package will show the cost of attendance and the amount of each financial aid award that will be granted. The difference between the cost and the amount awarded is the portion that the family is expected to pay.

The financial awards include:

  • grants,
  • scholarships,
  • federally student loans,
  • work study programs,
  • other college assisted aid

    For information about the Financial Award Package:
    see financial aid note 4

More Financial Aid Information

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View these summary charts of financial aid options:
(link to our financial aid center)

summary aid chart for first-time students
summary aid chart for parents

Understand the financial aid process for student loans, grants, scholarships and other student aid. See our Financial Aid notes:

understand the financial aid process
submitting the FAFSA form for federal aid
review the student aid report
get the financial award letter
view financial aid options

Note the Ways to Pay for College

  1. Scholarships and Grant Aid Programs:
    over $24.3 billion
    worth of scholarships and grants in one location
  2. Federal Student and Parent Loans:
    federal student and parent PLUS loans are available — view details and options
    view note: federal student loans
    view note: federal PLUS loans
  3. Private Education Loans:
    need a little extra to cover the full cost? — compare plans
    view note: private student loans
  4. Home Equity (Bank Equity Program):
    use the equity in your home to finance all or part of your education without restrictions
    view note: home equity loans

Review Housing and Moving Notes

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Respond to all requests from the college you will be attending. Notify all other colleges of your decision not to attend.

Need to finalize your housing arrangements.

More "Ready for College" Notes

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Get yourself ready

Start getting yourself ready for college:
download this FREE moving-to-college checklist
references our college moving center


Take Online Courses

Check out some online courses that you could take over the summer. Some colleges will allow credit for courses completed online. This will give you the flexibility to arrange your schedule:

Source for online learning courses:
view directory of online programs


Credit Management

Summary review of credit management and how to start and develop your own credit skills.

Topics include:

  • introduction: about credit
  • types of credit
  • about your credit report
  • applying for credit
  • establishing credit
  • maintaining good credit
  • repairing your credit
  • link to: SayEducate.com credit management


Debt Management

Learn tactics to manage and avoid debt.

Topics include:


Budget Management

Develop important budgeting skills while in school.

Topics include:


What to Do About Credit Cards:

Banks and other student loan companies will be marketing you with credit card offers. Their objective is to get you onto their credit card system so that they have you as a customer for life.

You will need a cash card for school. Many college-town merchants will not accept checks and you don't want to carry around cash. But beware! Many students get into big debts with easy use of credit cards.


What Type of Credit Card for School:

  • Pre-paid credit:
    see how to use pre-paid cards to manage and budget your student funds. They work just like credit cards. But they limit your spending by the amount of money you load to the card:
    view how to use pre-paid cards to manage student loans
  • Get smart:
    preview student credit cards to get an idea on what type of cards are available. Equip yourself with knowledge on what is out there to avoid getting hooked on a credit card marketing offers.

Find a Summer Job

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Use the summer to raise money you will need for college. Money earned can be used for tuition, housing, transportation and for fun entertainment.

If you worked last summer with a job you liked, go back and see if you can work with them again this coming summer. Or try to find a different summer job that fits your career goals:

jump over to our job center to search summer opportunities

More Job Related Sites

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Summer work programs:

Internship Programs:

  • internships in your field of interest is a great way to get experience that will help you college
Go to: June Calendar

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2) educational
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Making the Move!

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What do you need when you move to college?

1) bed sheets
2) toothbrush
3) cooling fan
4) medicine box
5) hand vac
6) plus so much more

Grab our college moving checklist to help you pack for the big move

FREE: Moving Checklist

Save on Textbooks

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The cost of college textbooks can run as high as $800-$1,000 or more per semester. So shop around for:

1) new textbooks
2) used textbooks
3) rental textbooks

Shop and compare best deals from multiple online merchants.

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Job Center

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So what kind of jobs are availabe in your study at college?

Let's take a look to see if opportunities in your field are available and what skills sets you need:

Link to Job Center

Achieving Success

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Achieving success in life requires 3 key ingredients:

1) planning
2) discipline
3) execution

Open our success module for FREE guides on these key success points.

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Jump over to our tool for college planning and financial decision making.

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