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March 2014 College Prep Article

March 2014

Dear Parents and Students,

March is an exciting time for Seniors!

Offers of admission and financial award letters are being received, evaluated, accepted and/or appealed. By the end of next month everything will be decided and preparation for the transition will begin. May 1st is affectionately known as the “National Deposit Day”. Colleges are reviewing their Incoming Freshman Class for Student Body Demographic Composition and making decisions to fill seats with which students in order to meet Federal, Regional, and State funding requirements.

Freshmen

Continue to study hard for good grades.
Review your schedule for next year. (Use the UC A-G recommendations)
Continue to investigate and plan summer volunteer activities.
Look for leadership opportunities in clubs and organizations, or start your own group.

Sophomores

Research summer job opportunities.
Review your schedule for next year. (Use the UC A-G recommendations)
Investigate summer pre-college programs.
Plan summer career-related community service or volunteer activities.
Watch for leadership opportunities in clubs and organizations.

Juniors

Provide any fee payments necessary for ACT/SAT/AP/Subject Test registrations.
Take care of last-minute studying for the April ACT.
Register for the May SAT, if necessary. Consider a tutor (give us a call for recommendations)!
Prepare for Advanced Placement, Subject, and Final exams.
Review your schedule for next year. Make sure you have all courses needed for graduation. (Use the UC A-G recommendations)
Attend any college presentations at your high school this month.
Start or review your College Choice List.

Seniors

Remember to forward ALL College Correspondence including, admissions acceptances and all award offers to us so we may update your Award Letter Comparison Report
Research availability of on-campus and if necessary, off-campus housing.
Research Refund Policies on all housing deposit requests.
Begin preparations on the list of people to whom you will send graduation announcements

Parents

Parents, be sure to expedite your taxes so we may finalize the FAFSA (Remember, some Financial Aid Officers will wait for final tax numbers to make final award offers!)

Remember to forward ALL College Correspondence including admissions acceptances and all award offers to us, so we may update your Award Letter Comparison Report.

Provide any payments necessary for housing contracts, summer orientation programs, or other fees for your senior.

Encourage your student to make plans for career-related summer jobs and volunteer activities.

Assist your senior with the preparation of graduation announcements.
Encourage your student to study for May Advanced Placement exams.
Assist with the completion of any college paperwork that must be filed by May 1.

Review your College Funding Plan. (Call or email for assistance)