High School Seniors
College Checklist for
By Jolyn Brand
The college application process is a long and
arduous one. Once the final acceptance decision
has been made, you and your student may want
to take a break. Of course your student will need
to be working to maintain his grades through
the end of senior year, but he should also begin
to think about next year. Completing some of
these college checklist during the spring will
mean a more relaxed and less stressful summer
and will also help your student begin to make the
transition from high school student to college
4. Revisit the campus if you can. It will look
different now that it is your own campus.
5. Inquire about the need for placement tests.
Some students are exempt due to high TAKS or
SAT scores. Others may need to take the THEA or
February April 6. Attend anyisevents scheduled for make
students. Now the time to begin to
1. Let the college know! Make your deposit.
May is the national to date.
Your student should make her deposit as soon as
she knows where she wants to go, but no later than
May 1. It is unethical to deposit at more than one
connections. Ask about summer orientation
dates and requirements. Some colleges offer
be attending. They will want to be able to fill that
space with someone else.
Review financial aid packages and clarify
anything that is unclear. Accept aid or scholarships
that were offered, and deny any that you
want or need (such as loans). Inquire about the
disbursements dates of these offers as well. If the
disbursement dates are after tuition due dates,
you may have to pay some of it upfront and get
3. Fill out housing application and submit
8. Begin to complete other required forms.
2. Let the other schools know that you will not
deposits. This is often done separately from the
tuition deposit. Ask how residence halls are
assigned. Can roommates be requested? Should
your student make a request? Are there forms to
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Make appointments and schedule the
meningitis vaccine if still needed.
9. Investigate and plan for additional costs.