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Winter Break Check List for High School Seniors

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Hey college seniors: How’s your winter break going? For me here in the Midwest, it’s been all about snow, snow, and, oh, more snow. The good thing about being snow bound is that you have plenty of time to do paperwork — and there’s plenty where that comes from when it comes to getting into college and figuring out how to pay for it. Not sure where to start? Here’s a handy little check list of three projects for you to work on over the break.

  • Apply for scholarships. The winter is high season for scholarship committees, so you need to be pounding the proverbial pavement every day this break to maximize your chances to win scholarships. (Be sure to check out our weekly scholarship post every Friday, for some great leads on scholarships with upcoming deadlines.)
  • Visit the FAFSA website and download the list of required documents. Start gathering them so you are ready to complete your FAFSA as soon as the new year begins. Encourage your parents to complete their taxes early. The earlier you complete your FAFSA, the better your chances of getting maximum financial aid from your college.
  • If you applied for early decision, start looking for your letter in the mail. If you are still in the throws of completing your applications, now is the time to buckle down and wrap them up. And don’t forget to complete the financial aid application, too.

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