December can be one hectic month, with holiday shopping, festivities, and endless gatherings with family and friends. For students thinking about heading to college next fall, college deadlines are fast approaching in the new year, adding more stress to an already busy time of year.
Here are some great resources to share with your students and families to help them prepare for upcoming college deadlines:
Surviving the Process
First, here are some general tips for navigating the college admissions process.
Checking College Application Deadlines
Many early-action or early-decision deadlines have come and gone, but most regular college application deadlines fall within the first two weeks of January.
Filling out the FAFSA
To be considered for federal student aid for the 2017-2018 award year, you can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1, 2016 and midnight Central Time, June 30, 2018. However, many states and colleges have earlier deadlines for applying for state and institutional financial aid.
Exploring Scholarship Opportunities
In addition to applying for federal financial aid, don’t miss out on scholarship opportunities. It’s important to meet scholarship deadlines, as some awards may be unavailable in subsequent years.
Important Deadlines for Scholarship Seekers
Finding and Applying for Scholarships
Scholarship Application Strategies
13 Best Tips for Winning College Scholarships
10 Scholarships You Can Apply For Today
Writing Your Essay
We all know the college application essay can be a critical piece of a student’s college application. Here are some tips for how to make it stand out.
7 Proven Tips for Successful College Application Essays
The Keys to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay
Ten Last-Minute Tips For Crushing the College Application Essay
How (Not) To Make Your College Application Stand Out
Considering Rolling Admissions
Not sure you can handle the rush to submit college applications in January? Rolling admissions give students the flexibility to apply to college within a wider window of time.
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