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Senior Pay Checklist

Don’t let the cost of college get in your way of your education. No matter who you are, you can find your way to pay. We’ve gathered all the best resources into one handy checklist to help you navigate the financial aid process. Print a pdf version of the checklist and mark the boxes off as you go to stay organized and make sure that you are takes the steps necessary to help you pay for college.


Steps To Pay

  • Apply for aid. Fill out scholarships and applications for financial aid. For each college on your list, make sure you complete all applications for scholarships and financial aid.
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  • Start the FAFSA process. Begin filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at
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  • Submit your FAFSA. Complete and submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 (ideally after your parents’ tax information has been imported by the IRS). The sooner you submit the FAFSA, the better your chances are for getting a good financial aid package.
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  • Apply for scholarships and grants. Fill out as many scholarship applications as possible, and submit them by their required deadlines.
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  • Compare financial aid letters. Review and compare financial aid award letters with your counselor or college adviser.
  • Talk to your financial aid office. Talk with a financial aid counselor at your school to learn how you can use your college savings and scholarships to reduce your college loan amounts.
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