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the best sources of factual information about that college.Visit — or revisit — the campuses. If possible,check out a college's campusto get moreinformation. If you can’t visit a campus, call or email the admission office with your questions. Ask ifsomeone there can put you in touch with current students and recent graduates. Your high schoolcounselor and teachers also may know students who graduated from your high school and now attendthe college.Think things over. You've done research and asked questions. Now it's time to check your ownthoughts and feelings. Ask yourself questions like these:How did I feel when I was on campus at each college I visited?
Which colleges best match my list of must-haves?At which colleges can I imagine myself as successful and happy?Compare the colleges. Use your new information to sort the colleges by what they offer and whatyou want. Make a list of the pros and cons for each college. You can also useCollege Searchto compareup to three colleges side by side.Compare Financial Aid AwardsThis is an important step for many students.The Compare Your Aid Awards toollets you compare up tofour offers side by side. Talk to your family about which colleges work best financially. You should makedecisions about financial aid, such as whether you should take a student loan or work-study job, together.Make Your DecisionYou don’t have to decide overnight. Many colleges don’t expect your final decision until May 1, so youhave some time to make up your mind. But remember that colleges are serious about reply deadlines. Ifyou don’t send your deposit in time, you risk losing your place.Respond to the CollegesOnce you’ve decided which college you want to attend, inform all the colleges that accepted you aboutyour decision.Respond to the college you’ve decided to attend. Make sure to send in the following itemsby the deadline:Your acceptance letterA depositA separate acceptance letter for financial aid, if requiredAny other required itemsRespond to the colleges whose offers you're declining. Send a brief note to the othercolleges to thank them and turn down their offers. This frees up places for other students.
You Made Your College Choice: What’s Next?The next few months are going to be busy and exciting as you prepare to go to college. Before you arriveon campus, use the following checklist to make sure you stay on track:Read and respond promptlyto all the information and forms you receive from yourcollege. You’ll need to set up orientation activities, financial aid, housing, meal plans and more, sobe careful not to miss any deadlines.Send in your tuition depositto save your place in your college’s freshman class. Sendingin your deposit late could cause a serious problem. If the deposit deadline is not clearly listed,contact your college’s admission office to find out the due date.Accept your financial aid offer. This is separate from your college’s acceptance offer. Youdon’t have to accept the entirefinancial aid package; you might want to take out a smaller loan,for example. Decide what to accept and then complete and return the form by the deadline.

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