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It's Life tip tuesday

8 tips to get ready for college

June 21, 2016

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Every Tuesday we will have some tips…..all of them will be 8 tips for various things. Join us every Tuesday for your daily tips of the week. This week let’s get ready for college.

College can be hard and confusing but as long as you are focused and have your ducks in a row, it will feel a lot easier than you expected. I have a friend who has worked as an admissions representative at a college for almost ten years. The biggest thing that causes stress for students and make them want to quit is paperwork. Not even the schoolwork but the paperwork. Check out the 8 tips below that will help you feel prepared for college.

  1. Do you have your high school transcript or GED on hand? If not, get an official copy of it and DO NOT unseal the envelope. Colleges will not accept a transcript or GED as official if the envelope has been opened. All colleges will need a copy of this.
  2. Are you using financial aid? Has the file been completed by the college? Stay on top of bugging the college about your financial aid. If you don’t, they won’t keep up with it, especially if there are things that still need to be done on your end. Make sure you stay on top of it until they say it is complete. Then mark it off your list and move on.
  3. Have you filled out a FAFSA? This is one of the top forms of financial aid and is your best bet at getting easy help for college that you don’t have to pay back. Fafsa.gov. Look it up and fill it out. There’s no guarantee you will receive anything but t’s worth filling it out.
  4. Have you gotten all your wiggles out? Don’t try to go to college if your mind isn’t in it. Take a vacation or do something with friends before you start classes so you feel like your wiggles are out and you’re ready to go. Focus is key if you want to be successful at college.
  5. Have you registered for classes? When an admissions person talks to you about classes, sometimes it can be confusing and you think you are ready to go. That’s not always true. Check to make sure you’re officially in classes before assuming.
  6. Does your school have a payment plan? Many schools, whether you’re using financial aid or not, have a payment plan stating how you will pay for classes. Make sure this is filled out because some schools will drop you from your classes if it is not filled out by a certain date.
  7. Don’t forget your books and supplies! Many people get registered for classes and forget they need books and by then they have to pay sky high prices. Don’t be afraid to get the ISBNs off the bookstore website and search them online. They often give a better deal than bookstores for colleges. Also, you will definitely need a laptop, notebooks, and pencils for college.
  8. Make sure you know your online login for the college before you get started with classes. Many colleges these days, whether you’re taking seated classes or not, will have some things online they need you to do. Also, checking your student email is the best way to not miss important announcements or updates from the school.

8 tips to get ready for college

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    Sage
    June 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I’m so glad my stepson will go to school in Europe as an EU citizen, so we don’t have to worry about financial aid, payment plans, etc. A gap year is very common here, something I wish I’d have had the opportunity to do back when I was college age. I’d like to see that catch on in the States.

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    Chrishelle
    June 21, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I could definitely use these tips since my oldest daughter will be graduating in 2017 and plans to attend college the following fall. There is no wiggle room for her she is ready and doing everything she can to get in the college of her choice. We will be touring her top picks soon.

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    Liz Mays
    June 21, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    It can be so overwhelming, but breaking it down into manageable things to tackle is very smart. Filling out the FAFSA is critical and is always a priority for us because so much hinges on it. Getting the books in advance (hopefully through a discounted site rather than the college book store) is a good idea.

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    Censie Sawyer
    June 22, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Great tips. College is a great experience but it can be very overwhelming for some people too. I think parents are always stressed too because of the cost and the kids leaving the nest for the first time.

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    Melissa Dixon
    June 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    This is going to come in handy in about 7 years for us. My daughter is so smart and driven I know she is going to prepare for school way before the time comes. It is a little early right now for us to think about it but these are great tips for prep.

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    Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking
    June 23, 2016 at 2:19 am

    With how fast time seems to be flying by, I’m going to be needing this soon. Preparing my kids for college seems like such an overwhelming task, especially with the high cost of tuition. Hopefully they’ll receive financial aid and scholarships.

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    Inspiring Kitchen
    June 23, 2016 at 5:01 am

    These are very helpful tips. I have a nephew who just graduated and is now preparing for college. I will make sure to share these important tips with him. I know he has already filled out a FAFSA.

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    Farrah Less G.
    June 23, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I will forward this to my cousin who is planning to go back to College. She had a hard time to what course and what school and what she can afford . This is so perfect for her for sure she will appreciate it. College is tough nowadays you really have to prepare yourself with the big monthly payment after you graduated. So you better study hard and try to get a good paying job after. But its all worth it.

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    Michelle
    June 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I know so many people that want to attend college or go back to school to learn a new skill and just don’t know where to start. This is a great list for people to use as it is a long process and can be confusing, Thanks for sharing as I know so many people find this so helpful and will enrich their lives as well.

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    Amanda @ Adorkablii
    June 27, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I miss school. I took time off due to personal reasons and need to get back. I have days where i really miss it and others where i don’t but I really to do want to finish my degree. I think this is a great list of tips!

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    Keith K. Moffitt
    August 24, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Wow..
    What a lovely post.Simple and nice tips to prepare oneself for college life. I agree with you that the paperwork before entering the college is quite a task. I had never heard about FAFSA. Will refer it to one of my cousin who is about to enter college. I will passon all these tips to him which will surely make him feel confident about entering college life.
    Thanks for sharing. Keep posting and keep sharing.. 🙂
    Regards;
    Keith K. Moffitt

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    Carl Padilla
    October 18, 2016 at 10:01 am

    My brother and I are very close and we talked about getting ready for college. And its really hard choosing the right university, choose the course, the expenses, and new beginning. Thank you for sharing this kinds of tips that I can share it with him as well. Good job!

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