- Compare college offers (financial, social and academic)
- Continue to compare Financial Aid Notification letters to determine the value of each offer, including scholarships, grants, work-study, and loan components (https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/financial-aid-awards/your-financial-aid-award-explained). Contact the financial aid department at specific colleges with any questions you might have.
- Write and submit financial aid appeal letters as needed. When to file a financial aid appeal letter: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/05/your-money/paying-for-college/for-many-families-college-financial–aid-packages-are-worth-an-appeal.html?_r=0
- Visit college campuses as needed to help decide where you will attend. If possible, set up appointments ahead of time with staff members, people in the admissions and financial aid offices, etc.
- Make your final decision about where to attend college before May 1 and mail deposits, as appropriate (https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/making-a-decision/you-got-accepted-now-what), https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/making-a-decision/you-made-your-college-choice-whats-next).
- Notify the schools that you have been accepted to but have decided not to attend of your decision.
- Make sure that you are putting your best effort into your school work.
- Continue looking for summer jobs and/or internships.