Quick "February" Monthly Checklist

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

  • If you submitted your FAFSA form early, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicating your eligibility for financial aid. Make any corrections to the report and return it to the FAFSA processor.
  • If you haven't submitted your FAFSA, you need to do so quickly to meet important college financial aid deadlines:
    see the January Plan
  • Check to see if all of your application materials have been sent.
    Contact the admissions office of the college(s) to which you have applied to make sure they have everything.
  • Check your dates if you are taking any college entrance exams. Make sure test scores are being sent to your select colleges:
  • Search diligently for potential scholarship awards:
    over $24.3 billion
    worth of scholarships and grants in one location


    Beware of potential scholarship scams. A general rule to follow is, "if they request money from you in order to get money", they are likely a scam:

    Information on detecting scholarship scams:
    see our scholarship module
  • This is a good time to re-estimate your college costs:
    see the November Plan
  • Take the CLEP Test to test out of some college classes The collegeboard administers the AP exams. This site has all the information you need including test programs and dates:
    collegeboard.com
  • Men 18 years or older
    must be registered for Selective Service to receive federal financial aid.

    You can register online:
    sss.gov
  • Have you started your going-to-college search?
    It's a little too late to meet the Fall semester deadline. You might consider getting ready for the Winter Semester:
    see our late starter file for planning after high school

Get Ready for College

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Setting Up Your College Home
Imagine moving into your own home (which is what you will do when you go to college). Think about what you might need for the bedroom, study area, kitchen, closet, etc.

download this FREE moving-to-college checklist

Attention Students:

  • start saving with this cost advantage program:
    Cardholders can save up to 50% OFF at more than 20,000 discount locations across the country.
    studentadvantage.com
  • review how to best to manage your student funds:
    using pre-paid credit to manage spend and avoid debt
    see pre-paid credit cards

Advanced Placement Exams

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Have you considered taking Advanced Placement Exams or the CLEP to test out of preliminary college courses such as pre-algebra, history and others?

The tests are coming up. Why spend the time and cost to attend college courses you don't need. So get yourself ready:

The exams are administered each year in the Spring with some preparation required prior to the exam. Check with your high school for exam administration, enrollment and information.

  • 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:
    collegeboard.com
  • View our advanced placement prep/study guides:
    includes prep planning books and other reading materials that can help you with these exams:
    amazon bestsellers: AP exam prep

Credit Management 101

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Before making a decision about credit cards, student loans, and other credit financing, take a brief moment to view our affiliated member site on credit card and debt management.

It is an important topic as you start your adult life. Good credit will be needed when it time to buy a home, get your dream car, and even land your first career job:

Learning Credit - Debt - Budget Management

(links go to our affiliated site at SayEducate.com)

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

Debt Management
learn tactics to manage and avoid debt.

Topics include:

  • about debt management
  • how much debt
  • solving your debt problems
  • managing credit card debt

Budget Management
develop important budgeting skills while in school.

Topics include:

  • why budget
  • what's in the budget
  • developing a spending plan
  • tips: Lowing Your Bills

jump over to: SayEducate money management

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:

  1. 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

  2. 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.

Important Note

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Schools will be sending out acceptance notices within the month. If you applied to more than one school, you need to decide in order which school you would like to attend.

If you applied early, you should have received your acceptance notice and Financial Award Package from your school:

see the April Plan for next steps

Go to: March Calendar

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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

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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:

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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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Helpful Tools

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