Quick "January" Monthly Checklist

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

  • Many schools have January deadlines for college admissions. Make sure you send a completed application with transcripts, essays and letters of recommendation:
    jump to our application submission list: see september

    Contact the admissions office of the college(s) to which you have applied to make sure that your information has been received and that they have everything they need from you.
  • For those who did early submission:
    Early admission notices should be received by early January. If no, contact your school to ask when early admission notices will be sent. Make sure you reply to any school request.

    If you are accepted, you must notify the college of your decision to attend (with the required deposit money) by mid-January. Watch the deadlines.
  • 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:
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    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
  • Have you estimated 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:
  • Men 18 years or older
    must be registered for Selective Service to receive federal financial aid.

    You can register online:

Prepare - Submit FAFSA Form

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The US Department of Education's FAFSA form will be required for all Federal Aid Programs and many scholarships. It is used by colleges to determine your financial aid eligibility.

The FAFSA form uses a methodology to calculate the cost of education at the school you are attending and the expected family contribution towards that cost. Your school will use the form to award what financial assistance you may need.

Submit your FAFSA form as soon as possible (submit anytime after January 01). Don't wait to hear whether you have been accepted or not by a college. You want the FAFSA form sent to the school so that they can assemble an award package as soon as you are accepted.

You can request that your FAFSA form be sent to six schools. Need to send the form to more than six schools?
see Financial Aid Step 2

Preparing for the FAFSA Form:

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  1. Register for a FAFSA ID
    so that you can sign your FAFSA form and other loan documents electronically. It will speed up the process:
  2. Start gathering the documentation needed to complete the FAFSA form:
    • social security number
    • driver's license number (if any)
    • W-2 Forms and other records of money earned
    • income tax returns
    • parent's federal income tax returns (if you are a dependent student)
    • untaxed income records
    • bank statements
    • business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records
    • alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  3. Find your school codes:
    you will need this information so that your FAFSA filing can be sent to the schools of your choice.

    Again, the colleges use this information in designing a financial aid package to help pay the cost of college attendance.
  4. Register for Selective Service (male students):
    Young men that have reached age 18 must register with Selective Service before submitting the FAFSA form. This is required by law:

For Late Starters

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Have you started your college planning process?
You need to move fast. Most college admission deadlines are due this month for the upcoming Fall semester:

Important Housing Notes

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You need to think about your housing. Where are go going to live once you move to college?

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