23 Tip: Apply to at least one “safety school.” This is a college to which you are certain to be accepted. Make sure it’s also one you can afford. Tip: Keep a copy of each completed application for your files. Note the date it was submitted. Tip: Colleges typically contact students to let them know they’ve received their application. If you don’t hear from a college, contact the admissions office to make sure they have everything they need. Complete college applications You should know which colleges you want to apply to by the fall of your senior year.Asasenior,youcanthenconcentrateoncompletingcollegeapplications, retaking the ACT and/or SAT, doing well in your senior classes, and enjoying the experience of being a senior. Allcollegeshaveapplicationsforadmissionsandfinancialaidontheirwebsite. Applications for admission require a high school transcript, and most have sections for your counselor to complete. Make sure you follow your school’s procedures for submitting applications, requesting transcripts, and getting the required forms completed. Highschoolcounselorshavemanyresponsibilitiesandnumerousapplications to complete between October and February. Give your counselor plenty of time to complete the required documents (i.e., counselor forms, transcripts, recommendations). Complete financial aid and scholarship forms If you’re applying for financial aid, have your parents complete a FAFSA. This is very important! See page 25 for information on financial aid. Make the decision At some point in the spring, you 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 courtesy, notify the other colleges you applied to of your decision. If you plan to live on campus, send in the housing deposit before the deadline.