12th Grade - Spring Semester

College Decision Guide

12th Grade - Spring Semester

 12th Grade Checklist

January

  • If you haven’t done so, complete and submit your college financial aid applications and the FAFSA. You can also complete the GSFAPPS, the alternative application to apply for the HOPE Scholarship and the Zell Miller Scholarship.
  • Observe deadlines for admissions, financial aid, testing, orientation fees and housing deposits.
  • If you don't already have a good computer, investigate purchasing one for college. You or your parents can subsidize the cost of a computer for college in your student loans. Some schools provide students with laptops or tablets as part of their admissions package.
  • Request your high school send your official transcripts to the colleges to which you are applying through your My GAfutures account.
  • Contact the admissions office of the colleges to which you have applied to make sure that your information has been received.
  • Keep an eye out for financial aid workshops and seminars, for both you and your parents. There is a lot of help out there when you're looking for information on financial aid.

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February

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March-April-May

  • You will probably receive responses from the colleges you applied for admissions by April 15.
  • Decision time! You should decide on a college by May 1. Notify that school by sending your commitment deposit check. Many schools require that your notification letter is postmarked by this date. This should ensure your place in the entering freshman class. Notify the other schools to which you were accepted of your decision and withdraw your application.
  • Continue to search for scholarships.
  • Compare your acceptance letters, financial aid and scholarship offers. These are all important things to consider when choosing a college.
  • If you were placed on a waiting list for a particular college and have decided to wait for an opening, contact that college and let them know you are still very interested.
  • Take AP exams for any subjects you studied in high school. Be sure to check needed scores for the school you've chosen.

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