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Countdown to college: What's next for seniors — whoops — college freshmen?

By Lee Shulman Bierer, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Education News

With this weird school year finally behind us, the responsibilities of rising college freshmen are just beginning. Here are some things you should be on top of. Some will be taken care of by your high school registrar or guidance office; some are tasks you and your family need to complete.

1. Pay up

You should have already submitted your deposit. If you have been accepted off a college's waitlist, you will be asked to deposit right away and will have to forfeit the initial deposit you made before May 1. You will be able to find specific instructions on how and where to do this on the student's portal of the college website.

2. Send in the forms

Turn in any residency verification forms requested, as well as AP Exam scores. Send official final transcripts from your high school plus any dual enrollment, community college or summer programs where you're seeking credit. Create your own paper trail by bringing hard copies of your high school transcript, your test scores (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams) and your resume. Hopefully you won't need them.

3. Get real about the money


Accept any institutional grants you've received. Be sure you understand the rules associated with renewing specific grants, including maintaining a minimum GPA. Make sure you are clear about your loan arrangements, including the payment schedule and potential penalties.

4. Follow up with where you'll be living

Residency arrangements this fall will continue to be unpredictable. Colleges and universities are still trying to figure out how to follow CDC guidelines. Turn in whatever paperwork you've been sent. Make hard copies to take with you on move-in day, just in case.

5. Get oriented


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