23 Tip: Have your child apply to at least one “safety school.” This is a college to which your child is certain to be accepted. Make sure that it’s also one you can afford. Tip: Keep a copy of each completed application for your files. Note the date each was submitted. Tip: Colleges typically contact students to confirm receipt of their application. If you don’t hear from a college, have your child contact the admissions office to make sure they have everything they need. Oversee completion of college applications Students should know which colleges they want to apply to by the fall of their senior year. As seniors, they can then concentrate on completing college ap- plications, taking the ACT and/or SAT, doing well in their senior classes, and enjoying the experience of being a senior. All colleges have applications for admissions and financial aid on their web- site. Applications for admission require a high school transcript, and most have sections for the student’s counselor to complete. Make sure your child follows your high school’s procedures for submitting applications, requesting transcripts, and getting the required forms completed. Highschoolcounselorshavemanyresponsibilitiesandnumerousapplications tocompletebetweenOctoberandFebruary. Makesureyourchild’scounselor is given plenty of time to complete the required documents (i.e., counselor forms, transcripts, recommendations). Complete financial aid and scholarship forms If you need financial assistance to pay for your child’s education, complete a FAFSA. This is very important! For information, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Make the decision At some point in the spring, your child must decide which college to attend. Do not choose a college be- foremakingacollegevisit. Oncethedecisionismade, complete the necessary forms, and as a courtesy, have your child notify the other colleges of his/her decision. If your child plans to live on campus, be sure to send in the housing deposit before the deadline.