Important: Not protecting your identity and valuable information can impact your ability to get a job and apply for credit in the future.

Start developing time management skills.


Time management can make or break a college career, so stay organized and plan your schedule mindfully.

Build a calendar to stay on track with your coursework, part-time job, extracurricular commitments and deadlines, like registering for classes or applying for scholarships. Using your phone’s calendar or free scheduling apps can help you stay on top of everything. Another way to set yourself up for success is to make sure you understand your class schedule, so you can avoid double-booking yourself or registering for back-to-back classes that are located on opposite ends of campus. No matter how busy you get, make sure you remember to rest. Plan downtime to have fun, spend time with friends and decompress. If you are feeling overwhelmed and need support, look for on-campus and free mental health resources. Many schools have counseling, mental health and disability centers. Here are two other helpful hotlines: • National Alliance in Mental Illness (NAMI) hotline: Call 1-800-950-NAMI or text NAMI to 741741 • National Suicide Prevention hotline: Call 988, available 24/7 Get ready to fill out the FAFSA form again. You’ll need to renew your FAFSA form every year that you plan to be in school and want to receive student aid. Some schools and states have limited funds for grants and scholarships, so it’s important to submit your FAFSA form as soon as you can once it becomes available! 9

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