Steps to Prepare for College

The Most Important Steps to Prepare for College:

Once You Are Accepted

– After Registering and Completing the FASFA

There is a lengthy and confusing process when it comes to college preparation. There are multiple steps that lead to more steps, and so on and so on. Housing, financial aid, schedules, parking passes, loans, awards, and so much more has to be handled all by a certain date. So, what are some things that need to dealt with before the big PURGE day?

1. Set up college online account and email.

Setting up a “portal” account through your college is one of the most important steps and it is definitely the first thing you need to do. Setting up this account will allow you to set up a college e-mail and will provide access to award, financial, and housing information.

2. Apply for housing.

This is something that needs to be done as soon as possible. There is a greater chance of you getting the apartment/dorm hall that you want if you apply early. This way you are getting ahead of the crowd.

3. Register for classes.

This has the same concept as applying for housing. You should register for classes as soon as you can. If that means you have to wake up at 8:00 a.m. on a certain day, then you need to do that. Otherwise all of the classes you want may be filled and you will be unable to register for that specific class this semester.

4. Check Holds.

Always check for holds. Always. Even if you think you do not have any holds, you still need to check. There are multiple different types of holds colleges can put on your account. They can do scheduling, financial, housing holds, and more. You do not want to be late for registering for housing or classes because of a simple hold.

5. Accept awards and financial aid.

Accepting your awards and financial aid, will allow your college to apply them to your account and move along the billing process,

6. Set up a direct deposit account for refund checks.

You may not be receiving a refund check this semester, but if you are then make sure to sign up for direct deposit with the correct account. I did not sign up for direct deposit my freshman year, so by default my refund money was deposited into my mom’s bank. So, make sure to set up the correct account for direct deposit. Also, setting up direct deposit early will allow the bursar’s office to process your refund quicker, which will allow your refund to be one of the first few sent out. So, if you want your money as soon as possible DO NOT wait until the last minute to set up direct deposit.

If you have any questions about anything you can usually email your adviser or call the college directly.

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