College Calendar

College Application Timeline

The Summer Senior Year

  • Visit colleges that interest you. Get the campus tour schedule. Arrange an on-campus interview with an admission representative.
  • Create a resume — a list of your accomplishments, activities, and work experiences.Your resume can help you complete your applications and essays.
  • Keep a college calendar of all admission deadlines.
  • If you plan on competing in Division I or Division II college sports and want to be eligible to be recruited by colleges, register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center.
  • If you took AP® Exams in May, look for your AP score reports in July.
  • Register early for fall test dates for the SAT® and SAT Subject Tests™.

September

  • Contact your school counselor — your counselor plays a big role in helping you get into college. Meet to talk about your college plans and review your transcript.
  • Finalize your list of colleges. Be sure you list “safety” colleges, as well as “probable” and “reach” colleges. Review college applications and informational materials. Organize materials into separate files by college.
  • If you plan to apply through an early decision or early action program, get started on your applications right away. Deadlines for early applications tend to be in November.
  • Begin working on your college essays. Think of topics that focus on your experiences and make you stand out from the crowd.

October

  • Ask your counselor, teachers, or employers for letters of recommendation. Give them plenty of time to meet your deadlines and be sure to provide them with stamped and addressed envelopes.
  • If you take the SAT or SAT Subject Tests this month, make sure your scores are sent to each of your colleges.

November

  • Submit early decision and early action applications on time.
  • Work hard at completing your college essays. Proofread them rigorously for mistakes.
  • Follow up to ensure that letters of recommendation are sent on time to meet your deadlines.
  • Send applications as early as possible for colleges with rolling deadlines (that is, admission decisions are made as applications are received).
  • If you take the SAT or SAT Subject Tests this month, make sure your scores are sent to each of your colleges.

December

  • Try to wrap up college applications before winter break. Make copies of each application before you send it.
  • If you take the SAT or SAT Subject Tests this month, make sure your scores are sent to each of your colleges.
  • Contact the financial aid office at the colleges on your list to see what financial aid forms they require.

January

  • Have your counselor send your first-semester grades to colleges that require a midyear grade report.

February

  • Contact your colleges and confirm that all necessary application materials have been received.
  • Continue to perform well in school and don’t get senioritis; colleges want to see strong second-semester grades.
  • Register for AP Exams you want to take in May.

March

  • Read carefully any admission decisions that arrive this month; some may require action on your part.

April

  • Read carefully any admission decisions and compare the financial aid award letters that arrive this month; some may require action on your part.
  • Make a final decision, and mail the enrollment form and deposit check to the college you select before the May 1 enrollment deadline (for most colleges).
  • Notify of your decision each of the colleges that accepted you but that you will not attend, so that your spot can be freed up for another student.
  • If you’re on a waiting list, contact the admission office to let them know of your continued interest in the college; update them on your spring semester grades and activities.

May

  • If you take any AP Exams, make sure your AP score report is sent to your college.
  • Study hard for final exams. Most admission offers are contingent on your final grades.
  • Thank your counselor, teachers, employers, and anyone else who wrote letters of recommendation for you or otherwise helped with your college applications.

June

  • Have your counselor send your final transcript to your chosen college.
  • If you plan on competing in Division I or Division II college sports, have your counselor send your final transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Summer

  • Make travel plans; book early for the best prices.
  • Shop for items you need for college.
  • Make sure to sign up for first-year orientation.
  • Plan your first-semester courses. Choose subjects that interest you and may become your college major.

Award Process and Timeline for Grants

  • January 1: Application for new Aid Year becomes available
  • January-February: MOSFA receives/processes grade files for fall semester from institutions and enrollment files for spring semester from institutions
  • January 1-March 1: Applications accepted for Nissan
  • January 1-March 31: Applications accepted for HELP
  • January 1-April 30: Supporting documents accepted for HELP
  • January 1-September 15: Applications accepted for MTAG and MESG
  • January 1-October 15: Supporting documents accepted for MTAG and MESG
  • January-May: Spring awards sent to institution (Note: MOSFA must have fall grade files and spring enrollment verification before money can be requested for student )
  • March or April (most years): Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid receives annual appropriation from Mississippi Legislature and sets program budgets
  • May-June: Award notifications sent for HELP
  • May-October: Award notifications sent for MTAG and MESG as student completes application process
  • June-August: MOSFA receives/processes grade files for spring semester from institutions
  • September: Institutions verify student enrollment for fall
  • September-December: Fall awards sent to institution (NOTE: MOSFA must have complete student application and enrollment verification from institution before money can be requested for student; after money is requested, disbursement to institution may take up to 21 days during peak request times)

Award Process and Timeline for Loan/Scholarships

  • January 1: Application for new Aid Year becomes available
  • January 1-March 31: Applications and supporting documents accepted for loan/scholarship programs
  • January 1-July 31: PRAXIS scores accepted for William Winter and Critical Needs loan/scholarship applicants; letters of acceptance for all loan/scholarship programs accepted
  • January-February: MOSFA receives/processes grade files for fall semester from institutions and enrollment files for spring semester from institutions
  • January-May: Spring awards sent to institution (Note: MOSFA must have fall grade files and spring enrollment verification before money can be requested for student)
  • March or April (most years): Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid receives annual appropriation from Mississippi Legislature and sets program budgets
  • May-June: Award notifications sent for loan/scholarships
  • July-August: Loan/Scholarship recipients return Contracts, Rules and Regulations, and Self-Certification Forms according to the deadline stated on each student’s account
  • September: Institutions verify student enrollment for fall
  • September-December: Fall awards sent to institution (NOTE: MOSFA must have complete student application and enrollment verification from institution before money can be requested for student; after money is requested, disbursement to institution may take up to 21 days during peak request times)

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