Class of 2021...Congratulations!
Congratulations to the Class of 2021 for your commitment to finishing strong! You survived high school, finals, AP exams, standardized testings, and the pandemic! Way to go!
Now that you have crossed the stage, you are ready for your next educational adventure. But, before you get too comfortable and relax in the summer's heat, you still have a few items to check off!
Final High School Transcripts Email or call your high school counselor to ensure that they know where you will be attending in the fall. Your college must receive your final transcript. If you are in a state that awards scholarships based on GPA and test scores, like Hope/Zell in Georgia, be sure that you have completed what they need to receive the correct funds. Be sure to check out the link here for Hope/Zell.
File Your Federal FAFSA It's your last chance to submit your FAFSA form for federal aid – if you haven't done so already! The federal deadline for the FAFSA falls on June 30 – so make sure you get yours in before then if you'd like to apply for federal aid. The school and state deadlines typically fall sometime between February and early April.
Connect With Your Future Roommate Create a list of things to discuss with your future roommate, such as who's bringing what to the dorm room, pet peeves, and what each of your daily routines are like - how you sleep, study, hobbies, etc. If you are having trouble finding a roommate, connect with your college's student residential life.
Summer Job Planning Don't get too comfortable this summer; look for a summer job that will help you stay motivated and build small savings account for your freshman year. A summer job is a great way to save for college tuition or student living costs, like clothing, late-night dinners, and early morning coffee.
College Orientation Sessions Email your admissions office to see if they're offering a virtual summer orientation. Then, start to plan for your fall accordingly, and make sure you connect with your advisor or mentor.
Parent Discussions Regarding Financials Be sure to discuss the financial side of your college experience. Discuss budgeting and other financial contributions for college living.