Don't wait until it is too late. An application is not a final decision. It just means you are looking at them and they are looking at you. Colleges do not require you to make your final decision until May 1

Check out the "College Bound To Do List" and these helpful resources



COLLEGE PLANNING PROCESS--INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FOR IOWA'S PARENTS AND STUDENTS

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Take advantage of their toll free number to get your questions answered:
Click Here to view these virual presentations: The Scholarship Process, Interpreting an Award Letter, The Finanical Aid Process, Preparing for College, Choosing a College, and How to Fill Out a FAFSA Form

Help Understanding the College Admissions Process
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Here is a site you might find useful. While we cannot vouch for the accuracy of outside websites, the information we have reviewed appears easy to understand and credible. You do not have to pay a fee or register on this site in order to access information.
Links to specific topics are listed below:

Prep
Search
Choose
Apply
Pay for

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A step by step guide to the college process provided by The Lumina Foundation for Education, American Council on Education, and the Ad Council.


This excellent resource will help you explore careers, make the most out of your high schoolyears, access college websites, help complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and more.
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Click HereYou will be given 3 choices; choose:No Create an Enterprise A&A account and an IHaveaPlanIowaâ„¢ account4Continueand follow the directions on each page
Access information and resources available to all Iowans
to assist with:
  • career and college planning
  • financial aid
  • college
  • admissions
  • national, state and local scholarships
  • free ACT, SAT and GRE test preparation
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To Check Out Iowa's Private Colleges and Universities by clicking on the link below:

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NCAA INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION WEBSITE
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NCAA INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

Students who plan on participating in sports should become familiar withNCAA Recruiting and Eligibility Information and be sure to register with the NCAA by submitting a NCAA Eligibility Center web application. More information can be found atNCAA student information including aDownloadable Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete.


FAFSA OFFICIAL WEBSITE
FAFSA--FREE APPLICATION FOR STUDENT AID
Fafsa_logo.jpg The FAFSA is the first step in the financial aid process. It is used to apply for federal financial aid, such as grants, student loans, and work-study. Even if you don't think you are eligible for financial aid, you should still fill it out because many states and schools also use it to award non-federal aid.http://www.fafsa.ed.gov is the ''official'' government website for the Free Application for Student Aid. Beware of websites that charge a fee. Filing the FAFSA is free.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEBSITE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COLLEGE INFORMATION
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Your source for free information from the U. S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.

You will find information on a variety of topics and useful tools to help you choose, apply to and pay for college.
Preparing for Your Education
Applying for College
Choosing a School
Applying for Admission
Applying for Financial Aid
Funding Your Education
While Attending School
Repaying Your Loans
MyFSA

Introduction to MyFSA
Set Up Your Account
Financial Aid and Scholarship Wizard
Career Finder
College Savings Calculator
College Matching Wizard

SAVING FOR COLLEGE
COLLEGE SAVINGS IOWA--IOWA'S 529 PLAN
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Iowa's 529 plan. A 529 plan allows you to save for any child's future while enjoying tax advantages for yourself. Plan Details