January College Checklist for High School Seniors

Happy New Year! As you start making resolutions to celebrate 2014, be sure one of your goals is to stay focused on the college application process, and not to let it overwhelm you!

You’re beginning the home stretch of your senior year, which means you need to spend more time planning your life after graduation. Here are some things to concentrate on this month:

  • Complete the FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is what colleges use to determine how much financial aid you qualify for. You and your parents will need to fill this out together in order to be eligible for certain grants, loans and scholarships.
  • Thank your advocates. Spend a little time thanking your guidance counselor, the teachers who wrote letters of recommendation, and anyone else who has helped you apply. Don’t underestimate the power of a handwritten thank you card!
  • Avoid senioritis like the plague. At this point of your senior year, it’s easy to slack off and not care as much about tests and papers. But the work you do now will still make an impact on your college applications, so continue to put forth your best effort.

At Sullivan University, we understand that this can be a stressful time in your life. We have years of experience when it comes to helping high school seniors navigate the college application process, and we’re happy to share everything we’ve learned with you.

About the Author:

As the content editor for The Sullivan University System (SUS), Sherry Couture promotes all the schools and campuses that comprise the System. Prior to her role at SUS, Sherry worked as an executive casino host at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel, and spent seven years in the newspaper industry in advertising. She graduated magna cum laude from Lindsey Wilson College with a bachelor’s degree in English.

In her free time, Sherry enjoys running, reading, going to concerts and traveling. She especially loves spending time outdoors with her husband, Josh.

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