Financial Aid Timeline
This timeline will help ensure you’re able to take advantage of as many financial aid opportunities as possible. Although it’s geared toward traditional undergraduate students, Accelerated Studies for Adults Program and graduate students will still need to complete the FAFSA and TAP applications; you may also be eligible for employer-funded and other scholarships. The ASAP Financial Aid Brochure provides additional information about these programs.
October, November, December
- Begin research of scholarship opportunities.
- Attend financial aid workshops in your area.
- Arrange to visit colleges or attend college open house events.
- Familiarize yourself with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Check with employers (yours and your parents’) about any available scholarships.
- Submit applications for admission to selected colleges.
- Request letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselors.
- Take SAT or ACT exam if necessary.
- Request that an official high school transcript be sent to the colleges you’re applying to.
January, February, March
- Complete and submit your FAFSA as soon after Jan. 1 as possible.
- Complete all unfinished applications for admission to colleges.
- Check with guidance office to make sure all transcripts and letters are mailed.
- If you reside in New York state, complete your Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application.
- Financial aid awards will be available.
- Submit any verification documents as requested by the financial aid office.
April, May, June
- Review financial aid awards.
- Contact the financial aid office with any questions you may have.
- Submit your enrollment deposit to the admissions office.
- Attend Summer Orientation/Pre-registration Day.
- Apply for various loan programs or installment payment plans.
July, August, September
- Attend Summer Orientation/Pre-registration Day if you have not already done so.
- College bills are mailed by mid-July for the fall semester.
- Fall semester payments are due prior to beginning classes.
- Make all payment arrangements with the student accounts office.
- Stafford Loan promissory notes will need to be completed.
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