SJA Guidance Department Recommendations:August/September
- Start outlining essay ideas.
- Ask teachers for letters of recommendations if you have not done so already during your junior year. Plan early and ask ahead.
- Visit any of your college choices that you haven’t seen already.
- Work hard to keep your grades up. Admissions committees will closely review your work during the first semester of your senior year.
- Review and determine your application deadlines. Some are as early as October 1st!
- Keep an eye out for a date for a VSAC financial aid presentation evening. Highly encouraged for all college bound seniors and their parent(s).
October 1st- FAFSA, CSS Profile and VSAC grant applications will be available. We encourage all families to submit by November 1st, but please check your schools’ websites for their financial aid deadlines. Also, please research your colleges to see if they have school specific financial aid forms.
- If you are applying early, don’t miss the November deadline. Please check your school for the specific deadline.
- This is your last chance to register for and take the SAT and ACT for use in many selective college scholarships programs.
- Complete applications and meet with your counselor.
- If necessary, use the holiday break to put the finishing touches on applications. Don’t forget, teachers and counselors are on vacation, so you should have most of the important pieces of your application already completed.
Anyone who plans to fill out the 2017–18 FAFSA should create an FSA ID as soon as possible.
If you are required to provide parent information on your FAFSA, your parent should create an FSA ID too.*
*We have included a sheet to record your FSA ID information to keep for your records.
Because your FSA ID is equivalent to your signature, parents and students each need to create their own FSA IDs using separate email addresses. Parents should not create an FSA ID for their child and vice versa.
In some situations, you may need to wait up to three days to use your FSA ID after creating it. If you want to avoid FAFSA delays, create your FSA ID now.
2. Your Social Security number
You can find the number on your Social Security card. If you don’t have access to it, and don’t know where it is, ask your parent or legal guardian or get a new or replacement Social Security card from the Social Security Administration. If you are not a U.S. citizen, but meet Federal Student Aid’s basic eligibility requirements, you’ll need your Alien Registration number.
3. Your driver’s license number
If you don’t have a driver’s license, then don’t worry about this step.
4. Your 2015 tax records
Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, you will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year.
On the 2017–18 FAFSA, you (and your parents, as appropriate) will report your 2015 income information, rather than your 2016 income information.
Since you’ll already have filed your 2015 taxes by the time the FAFSA launches, you’ll be able to import your tax information into the FAFSA right away using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. (No more logging back in to update after filing taxes!)
You do not have the option to report your 2016 tax information. We understand that for some families, 2015 income doesn’t accurately reflect your current financial situation. If you have experienced a loss in income since the 2015 tax year, you should complete the FAFSA with the info it asks for (2015), and then contact each of the schools to which you’re applying to explain and document the change in income. They have the ability to assess your situation and make adjustments to your FAFSA.
You cannot update your 2017–18 FAFSA with your 2016 tax information after filing 2016 taxes. 2015 information is what’s required. No updates necessary; no updates allowed.
5. Records of your untaxed income
The FAFSA questions about untaxed income may or may not apply to you, but they include things like child support received, interest income, and veterans’ non-education benefits. On the 2017–18 FAFSA, you’ll report 2015 tax or calendar year information when asked these questions.
6. Records of all your assets (money)
This includes savings and checking account balances, as well as investments such as stocks and bonds and real estate. You should report the current amounts as of the date you sign the FAFSA, rather than the 2015 tax year amounts.
7. List of the school(s) you are interested in attending
Two-thirds of precollege FAFSA applicants list only one school on their applications. For many, that could be a mistake.
Be sure to add any college you’re considering, even if you haven’t applied or been accepted yet. This is more important than ever now that the FAFSA is launching earlier. Even if there is only a slight chance you’ll apply to a college, add it to your FAFSA. You can always remove schools later if you decide not to apply, but if you wait to add a school, you could miss out on first come, first served financial aid.
The schools you list on your FAFSA will automatically receive your FAFSA results electronically. They will use your FAFSA information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid you may receive.
If you add a school to your FAFSA and later decide not to apply for admission to that school, that’s OK. The school likely won’t offer you aid until you’ve been accepted anyway.
You can list up to 10 schools on your FAFSA at a time.Start looking for scholarship opportunities:
- VSAC Scholarship Booklet (for Vermont Residents)
- NHHEAF Scholarship Search (for New Hampshire Residents):
- Check with local organizations and employers
- Recommended search engines for regional and national scholarships: www.scholarships.com
Other websites to seek scholarship opportunities:
Academy of Art University
Arizona State University
Boston University (5)
Brandeis University (3)
Castleton University (3)
Champlain College (3)
Christian Brothers University
Colorado State University
Community College of Vermont
Eastern Maine Community College
Emmanuel College (3)
Florida International University
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Full Sail University
Gemology Institute of America
Hamilton College (2)
High Point University
Husson University (2)
InterDec College in Montreal
Istituto Marangoni, London
Johnson & Wales University (4)
Keene State University (2)
Los Angeles City College
Lynn University (2)
Maine College of Art
Maine College of Health Professions
Maine Maritime Academy
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Miami University, Oxford
Michigan State University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University (2)
Northern Vermont University - Johnson
Northern Vermont University - Lyndon (25)
Norwich University (3)
Pennsylvania State University (2)
Pensacola Christian College
Plymouth State University (4)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Mary's University (2)
San Diego Miramar College
Santa Monica College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Southern Maine Community College
Southern New Hampshire University
St. John's University
St. Lawrence University
SUNY College of Technology at Canton
The Culinary Institute of America (2)
The George Washington University
The Landing School
The University of Arizona (3)
The University of Northwestern Ohio
Trinity College in Dublin
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego (3)
University of Connecticut (2)
University of Illinois at Chicago (2)
University of King's College (2)
University of Maine (2)
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of New England
University of New Hampshire (3)
University of Ottawa
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rhode Island
University of Southern California
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Maine (4)
University of St. Andrews, Scotland
University of the Pacific (2)
University of Vermont (14)
Washington University in St. Louis
Wentworth Institute of Technology (4)
West Virginia University
White Mountains Community College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute