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    College Application Process

    Here are the steps you will need to take — starting in the spring of your junior year — to apply to the college of your choice.


    Step  1: Come up with a Game Plan (Spring of 11th grade) 

    Step  2: Research Colleges (Spring of 11th grade)

    Step  3: Visit Colleges (Summer after 11th grade)

    Step  4: Take the SAT or ACT (Spring of 11th grade and Fall of 12th grade)

    Visit or to learn more about these exams.

    Step  5: Apply to College (August-January of 12th grade)

    Visit the College Board’s Big Future website for tips on preparing your college application.

    Step  6: Submit your Financial Aid Forms (October - March of 12th grade)

    The most important form is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA. The FAFSA opens every year, October 1st.

    Step  7: Submit the Required Follow-Up Documents (January - March of 12th grade)

    Step  8: Review Financial Aid Awards (April of 12th grade)

    Visit to access a comparision calculator to help compare financial aid packages. 

    Step  9: Pick a College (April of 12th grade)

    Step 10: Say Thank You! (May of 12th grade)

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