Great Advice for Parents by Inceptia 2021


Wondering how to stay on track this year while preparing for college? This seasonal checklist will help you keep tabs every step of the way.


F Work hard all the way to graduation – second-semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility. F Stay involved in after-school activities, and seek leadership roles if possible.


F As soon as possible after its October 1 release, complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ® ), at, along with any other financial aid applications your chosen school(s) may require. You should submit your FAFSA by the earliest financial aid deadline of the schools to which you are applying, usually by early February. F After you submit the FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within three days to three weeks. This document lists your answers to the questions on your FAFSA and gives you some basic information about your aid eligibility. Quickly make any necessary corrections and submit them to the FAFSA processor. F If you haven’t done so already, register for and take the standardized tests required for college admission. Check with the colleges you are interested in to see what tests they require. F Apply to the colleges you have chosen. Prepare your applications carefully. Follow the instructions, and PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DEADLINES! F Well before your college application deadlines, ask your counselor and teachers to submit the required documents (e.g., transcript, letters of recommendation) to the colleges to which you’re applying. F Complete any last scholarship applications.

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