- Take the SAT Test™ this month (if you want to improve your test scores).
- Request assistance from teachers and counselor(s) in the first week of October to write letters of recommendation (or to complete recommendation forms) on your behalf – DON’T DELAY IN MAKING REQUESTS.
- Continue to spend at least 10 hours per week working on your application essays. Writing essays is a lengthy, involved process; many colleges require multiple essays.
- Parents (and students) need to understand all aspects of financial aid process. Detailed discussion of scholarship, grant, and loan application processes, common pitfalls to avoid, and all-around practical advice is provided.
- Parents should prepare for completing the CSS/PROFILE® financial aid application. If the colleges you're applying to require the CSS/PROFILE®, print a Pre-Application Worksheet and have your parents begin filling it out by hand. Some colleges required the CSS/PROFILE® to be submitted as early as November 1.
- Keep up your grades. Many universities require mid-year reports (a report card of this fall semester’s grades) to be submitted in January. Earning top grades this fall increases your chances for earning significant scholarships in the spring.
- Be sure to send your ACT® and SAT® scores to the colleges and programs you’re applying to.