Wisconsin College Planning For November
Milwaukee Financial Aid Consultants Share November College Planning Checklist for High School Seniors
First semester of your senior year is almost over! At Integrated College Planning, we understand this is a busy time for you, so our Milwaukee college prep consultants put together a comprehensive college planning checklist to help you stay on track through the entire application process.
Below is a list of the most important things you can do to prepare for college in November.
- Financial Aid and FAFSA Workshops: Register for and attend a free financial aid workshop and college planning info nights. You'll learn how to maximize your financial aid for colleges in and outside of Wisconsin and even how to pay for college without your parents.
- Apply for Scholarships and Grants: We encourage you to apply for as much free money as possible to make college more affordable. After you complete FAFSA, check out other sources of financial aid, including scholarships and grants. Need help finding grants and other sources of financial aid? Our college financial planning consultants are experienced in getting thousands of dollars of grant money for high school students.
- Get scholarship money for your strengths: Apply for scholarships and grants focused on your academic strengths. Scholarships and grants are offered for students who excel in Math, Science, Writing, Art, Music, Technology, and more.
- Watch scholarship and financial aid deadlines: Take into account how long it will take you to gather any necessary information, complete the application and any required essays, and send in your paperwork. Stay organized so you don’t miss any important deadlines and miss out on potential financial aid.
- ACTs/SATs: If you haven’t already, register and take your ACT and/or SAT.
- Retake for a better score: If you are unhappy with your score (or need a higher score for a particular college or scholarship), now is the perfect time to register to retake the exam. Make sure you get the score you want by taking an ACT/SAT prep course or completing practice tests.
- Go to college fairs: College fairs allow you to meet staff and possibly students from a variety of schools and are a great way to compare what each college represented has to offer.
- Make Sure all College Applications are Turned in: If you haven’t turned in all of your college applications, now is the time to do it! Keep on top of your deadlines and make sure you account for any unique situations. You may have turned in your applications but keep these exceptions in mind:
- Turn in applications to any last minute college choices: If the application deadline hasn’t passed, you may still apply to any schools which have recently caught your attention.
- Fill out any missed applications: With an extensive process, like applying to college, it isn’t uncommon to miss some important things. Check to make sure you’ve sent in every application you intended on sending within the application deadline!
- Letters of Recommendation: Follow up with your teachers and any others who agreed to write you letters of recommendation. Make sure they get mailed on time.
- Prepare for Interviews: Some colleges require an admissions interview. These interviews help schools evaluate your performance and give you time to ask any questions you may have. Few colleges give admission interviews, but there are still a few which require them, so it’s important you’re prepared.
- Learn about the college: Demonstrating knowledge about the school you interview for shows serious interest in attending the college.
- Know your strengths: Interviewers are interested in knowing what skills and strengths you can bring to their college. Prepare yourself by knowing exactly what you do best and be confident in your skills.
- Be yourself: Colleges conduct interviews because they want to know more about you. Be yourself and show admission interviewers who you really are.
- Stay Focused: It’s easy to slack a bit during your senior year but this is the most important time to stay on top of your schoolwork. Keep up with homework, studying and extracurricular activities to help sharpen your college skills. College is just around the corner so stay focused, and give senior year your best effort.
Wisconsin College Consultants Offer Valuable Financial Aid Workshops
Integrated College Planning is dedicated to providing high school students with Wisconsin college assistance and planning. Our Wisconsin college financial aid services are developed to help future college students find the best financial aid options available. Our Milwaukee college prep advisors offer free Wisconsin financial aid consultations to get you started with the college planning process. For the college assistance Wisconsin relies on for the best financial planning, talk to the Milwaukee college prep experts at Integrated College Planning. Contact our specialists with any questions, or check out our financial aid FAQ.
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