While college seems like a long way down the road for many high school seniors, it’s really not. Once the holidays and the new year hit, it’s going to get harder and harder to get motivated to make college plans and by then, most of the deadlines will have already passed.

The good news – there is still a lot of time to get organized to make those college plans. LEAP Tampa Bay has broken down a monthly plan for seniors in easy to read terms and links to get anyone where they need to go.

October:

  • Get an FSA ID and fill out the FAFSA application
  • A virtual financial aid seminars from Pinellas County Schools can be viewed here
  • Take the SAT/ACT if needed
  • Work on community service hours
  • If applying to a 4-year college, fill out the Common App
  • Some college deadline for priority applications is Nov. 1

November:

  • Request letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors
  • Tour colleges (some virtually)
  • Apply for Hillsborough Education Foundation scholarship
  • Apply for many other scholarships
  • Research the best way to fill out the FAFSA if you are having trouble
  • Attend a virtual financial aid session at schools/colleges with parents
  • Finish college applications with priority deadlines of Dec. 1

December:

January:

  • Apply for Hillsborough Education Foundation scholarships
  • Retake the SAT/ACT if needed
  • Keep grades up even if you’ve been accepted at a college; colleges can retract offers if grades drop significantly
  • Apply to state colleges (HCC, SPC, etc…)

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