***DECEMBER AND JANUARY CALENDAR TIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOLS***
Remind your SENIORS to:
- Apply for a PIN now by visiting www.pin.ed.gov ; in order to apply
for federal and state financial aid, students will file a Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in January. This is best
done online. To file the FAFSA online, both the student and one of
his/her parents must have a PIN code.
- Check out the FAFSA on the Web demonstration site, which is
scheduled to be available on December 5; visit
http://fafsademo.test.ed.gov , user name: eddemo; password:
fafsatest. The site provides a way to show students and parents how
to use FAFSA on the Web.
- Prepare for filing the FAFSA online; visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to
obtain a FAFSA on the Web pre-application worksheet (available in
English and Spanish). Answer the questions on the worksheet to be
ready to file the FAFSA in January. If students are unable to file
the FAFSA online, obtain a paper FAFSA application from the high
school counseling office or by calling the Federal Student Aid
Information Center at 1.800.4-FED-AID.
- Apply for outside funding or scholarships.
- Ask their parents to save their year-end payroll stub if it shows
their earnings for the year. They may need it for financial aid
eligibility reviews by colleges.
- California only: High school counselors should begin calculating
and submitting GPA Verifications to the California Student Aid
Commission for Cal Grant consideration. The deadline is March 2. This
may be done either online or on a GPA Verification form. The
Commission encourages online submissions.
- Submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or mail the paper
application, and retain copies of all forms submitted.
- Remind parents to get their income tax returns prepared early --
schools may request them to prove eligibility for financial aid.
Advise your JUNIORS to:
- Look for their PSAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
(NMSQT) score report.
- Start planning to take the SAT I and/or SAT II exams, if necessary.
They may also need to take the ACT. Have students check with the
colleges they are applying to and find out specific testing
requirements. Ask their high school counselors about the registration
- Review all of the information for three to five colleges that
interest them the most. During their college visits, make sure they
meet with an admissions representative and a financial aid officer to
find out what types of aid are available.
- Attend financial aid nights if they have not already done so