Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3423 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 generally 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. Virtually all colleges have applications for admissions and financial aid on their website. Applications for admission require a high school transcript, and most have sections for the student’s counselor to complete. Make sure that your child follows your high school’s procedures for submitting applications, requesting transcripts, and getting the required forms completed. High school counselors have many responsibilities and numerous applica- tions to complete between October and February. Make sure that your child’s counselor is given plenty of time to complete the required documents (e.g., counselor forms, transcripts, recommendations). Complete financial aid and scholarship forms If you are applying for financial aid, complete a FAFSA. This is very important! For information, go to www.fafsa.gov. Make the decision At some point in the spring, your child must decide which college to attend. Do not choose a college before making a college visit. Once the decision is made, complete the necessary forms, and as a cour- tesy, notify the other colleges of your child’s decision. If your child plans to live on campus, be sure to send in the housing deposit before the deadline.