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Financial aid calendar

If you're applying for financial aid for college, here's a calendar highlighting the important tasks to be done during the senior year of high school.

September October November
Create a timetable of financial aid deadlines for both federal government and individual college programs
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Explore potential private scholarship sources at the library or on-line
Request application materials from private scholarship and grant sources
December January February
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Obtain the federal government's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Obtain any other financial aid forms required by selected colleges

Compile income tax information to help in completing FAFSA

Complete, photocopy, and submit FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1

Complete college and private source financial aid forms

Verify that all required financial aid forms have been submitted
March April May

Watch mail for Student Aid Report from the federal government showing your family's expected family contribution (EFC) to college costs

Watch for reports from college and private financial aid applications

Receive financial aid awards from various colleges

Compare financial aid awards

Sign and return financial aid forms

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Contact financial aid office to check status of aid

Notify financial aid administrator of changes in circumstances that affect family's ability to pay EFC (job loss, divorce, etc.)

June Summer Off to College!
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HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

Sign student loan promissory notes

Receive federal student loan counseling

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