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Summer checklist for high school and college students

August 3, 2016


Finlandia University SummerThe following college summer checklist for high school and college students was put together by the staff at MI Student Aid. The information features some great tips for those preparing for their junior/senior year of high school through those entering their final year of college.

What’s on your bucket-list this summer?

Whether you’re planning an epic road trip, or staying at home with a summer job to earn some money, it’s important to also remember your to-do list as you plan for college. Here are some important reminders for both high school and college students:

High School Student Interested in College Summer Checklist
  • Narrow down the list of colleges you are considering attending. To aid in this process, visit the schools that interest you if possible.
  • Narrow down that list even further by contacting colleges to request information as well as applications for admissions. Ask college representatives about financial aid, admission requirements and important deadlines.
  • Use all available resources: Check out school websites, make phone calls and even talk to people you know who have gone to a school that you’re considering.
  • Use the FAFSA4caster Financial Aid Estimator and compare the results to actual costs at the colleges to which you will apply.
  • Apply for scholarships and get involved in your community! A lot of scholarships highly value community service as a part of their eligibility requirements.
  • If you have any questions along the way, please contact MI Student Aid by emailing mistudentaid@michigan.gov.
College Summer Checklist
  • Review your financial aid award letter and follow up with your financial aid office if additional information is required.
  • Register for classes and meet with an academic adviser if you need help.
  • Look up potential professors online to see if they (and their class) would be a good fit.
  • Pay attention to tuition billing statements, and be sure to make your payment prior to the deadline. Late fees are no joke!
  • Set a budget for the school year. Discuss with your family if you’re going to get any money from home, and look at jobs on campus if you don’t already have one.
  • Apply for scholarships and get involved in your community! Look for specific scholarships through your institution that are for your degree program.

Thank you for MI Student Aid for allowing republication of this content. If you have any questions, please contact MI Student Aid by emailing mistudentaid@michigan.gov or visiting michigan.gov/mistudentaid. There is great information on that page about saving, planning, financial aid, scholarships, loans, grants and more.

Finlandia University’s admissions staff and financial aid staff would be more than welcome to help you as well. Fill out this form to have us contact you to answer your questions.

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