Quick "April" Monthly Checklist

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Use this checklist to review those tasks that should be completed by the start of April:

Getting Your Acceptance Letter

Check your mailbox for acceptance letters from colleges. If a college you are considering hasn't responded, contact the Admissions Office to follow-up:

  • Compare Your Letters
    compare your acceptance letter, financial aid offers, and other criteria to narrow your selection down to 1-2 schools.

    Upon your selection of school(s), you will be required to send in a non-refundable deposit to secure your position in the Freshmen class. So make sure it's the right decision.
  • College Comparison and Profiles
    you can profile two or more colleges on cost, student size, teacher ratio, and other criteria:

    view college rankings by school criteria and other rankings
    see our tool set

Most Schools Have a May 1 Acceptance Deadline
Deposit money will likely be required to reserve your admission. Keep on track to meet these deadlines.

Getting the Financial Award Letter

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You should receive your "Financial Award Package" with information on your qualifying financial aid from each school where you have been admitted.

The Financial Award Package will show the cost of attendance and the amount of each financial aid award that will be awarded. The difference between the cost and the amount awarded is the portion that the family is expected to contribute towards the cost of education.

The financial aid awards include:

  • grants,
  • scholarships,
  • federally student loans,
  • work study programs,
  • other college assisted aid

    For information about the Financial Award Package:
    see financial aid note 4

More Financial Aid Information

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View these summary charts of financial aid options:
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summary aid chart for first-time students
summary aid chart for parents

Understand the financial aid process for student loans, grants, scholarships and other student aid. See our Financial Aid notes:

understand the financial aid process
submitting the FAFSA form for federal aid
review the student aid report
get the financial award letter
view financial aid options

Make a College Comparison

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Time to finalize which school to attend. Use our comparison worksheet to list your schools side-by-side. Determine which school is best for your academic objectives:

You must give your acceptance notice by a certain date — most schools require May 1 deadlines. Remember to submit your deposit to reserve your admission.

Have You Arranged Housing

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Where are go going to live? Who are you going to live with? Need to get going before the best places are taken.

Find a Summer Job

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Use the summer to raise money you will need for college. Money earned can be used for tuition, housing, transportation and for fun entertainment.

If you worked last summer with a job you liked, go back and see if you can work with them again this coming summer. Or try to find a different summer job that fits your career goals:

jump over to our job center to search summer opportunities

More Job Related Sites

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Summer work programs:

Internship Programs:

  • internships in your field of interest is a great way to get experience that will help you college
Go to: May Calendar

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1) physical
2) educational
3) social
4) spiritual

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Making the Move!

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What do you need when you move to college?

1) bed sheets
2) toothbrush
3) cooling fan
4) medicine box
5) hand vac
6) plus so much more

Grab our college moving checklist to help you pack for the big move

FREE: Moving Checklist

Save on Textbooks

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The cost of college textbooks can run as high as $800-$1,000 or more per semester. So shop around for:

1) new textbooks
2) used textbooks
3) rental textbooks

Shop and compare best deals from multiple online merchants.

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Job Center

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So what kind of jobs are availabe in your study at college?

Let's take a look to see if opportunities in your field are available and what skills sets you need:

Link to Job Center

Achieving Success

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Achieving success in life requires 3 key ingredients:

1) planning
2) discipline
3) execution

Open our success module for FREE guides on these key success points.

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Helpful Tools


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3) job search
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5) calculators
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