- Watch your mailbox and e-mail inbox for arrival of financial aid award letters early this month. These Letters will outline the types of financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans, and work study (jobs)) and the amounts offered by each college. Be ready to compare awards from each college and to calculate the cost of attending each school.
- Make sure your financial aid awards are clearly understood and all uncertainties are resolved before you accept admission to college. Three issues typically must be clarified with college financial aid offices. These include GPA requirements to maintain scholarships and grants, if scholarships are renewable, and the impact of receiving scholarships from "outside" sources.
- Consider appealing financial aid awards if you feel you have not been awarded a fair and reasonable amount of financial aid by a particular college or university.
- Decide on the college or university you will attend.
- Sign and mail the Enrollment Confirmation Form to the school you will attend. Send the Form using U.S. Certified Mail with a Return Receipt or FedEx / UPS tracking services.
- Accept financial aid awards offered by the college you will attend. Sign and mail your financial aid award letter or accept your awards online through your college's website (using your login ID and password). Accept financial aid offers according to instructions of the college. Keep a copy of your award acceptance for your files.
- Send a letter of non-acceptance to each college you’re NOT attending.