High schoolers – Stay on top of college deadlines

Fall semester will end soon. For high school juniors and seniors, you’re one semester closer to college, and deadlines are mounting—but it’s nothing you can’t handle. Here are a few ideas—and a lot of abbreviations—to keep in mind.

Juniors If you took the PSAT/NMSQT this month, review your test scores with your counselor. Your score may make you eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sign up for SAT or ACT prep courses, and then determine the best test date for you. Taking the tests in spring gives you the advantage of having completed or nearly completed your junior year coursework. Go to collegeboard.org for SAT registration, practice tests, and dates. For ACT information, see www.act.org.
Plan college tours to narrow your options. Find teachers who will be willing to write your recommendation letters—it will be easier to write about students they’ve known all year. If enrolled in Advanced Placement Program courses, take AP tests in May during your junior and senior years.

Seniors Submit the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA), which is now available. Your state also may sponsor a College Goal Sunday or other financial aid event to offer FAFSA assistance.Visit fafsa.ed.gov.

Admissions Besides financial aid, it’s time to apply for admission if you haven’t already. Look at each school’s individual application deadlines and be sure to apply before that date. Do your target schools use the Common Application? Check out the streamlined application process for multiple schools at commonapp.org.

Scholarships Don’t forget scholarship applications, which have varying due dates.

The best course of action is to keep in contact with your school counselor to ensure you’re on track.

For Utah students
If you qualify for the Regents’ Scholarship Award and are the beneficiary of a UESP account, you may be eligible for a UESP Supplemental Award of up to $400. Annual contributions of at least $100 must be made to the account each year a student is 14, 15, 16, or 17—and the year is measured by birthday, not calendar year.

The UESP Supplemental Award will be added to the Regents’ Scholarship, not the student’s UESP account.

Questions? Visit regentsscholarship.org and my529.org.