Summer is coming to an end. Before you know it, you’ll be loading up your belongings in the family minivan and heading off to college. You’re so ready, right? Well, maybe not. Here are some tips for things to do this summer before you head off to college.
1. Make sure your school has your financial aid ready for you
By now, you should’ve already applied for financial aid. If not, you need to complete the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://fafsa.gov ASAP!
NOW is the time to check with the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend to make sure your financial aid is ready and all paperwork is complete. This will help you avoid any unnecessary surprises or financial aid delays when you arrive on campus. At Vernon College this information is available 24 hours per day on My VC. For your convenience, we have provided step-by-step instructions at http://www.vernoncollege.edu/how-to-check-your-financial-aid-status.
You’ll also want to make sure you have enough money to cover any gaps between the cost of your school and the financial aid you’ve been offered.
2. Complete the student loan process
Just because you have been awarded a student loan, that doesn't mean the money is sitting at your school. You must complete 3 additional steps so your loan funds will be available. You will need to accept your loan, complete entrance counseling and a master promissory note. If you are not sure how to do that, we have a tutorial available to help you at http://www.vernoncollege.edu/student-loan-tutorial.
If you’re using student loans to help you pay for college, make sure you’re borrowing only what you need and keeping track of what you’re borrowing. These are student loans and they must be paid back.
3. Register for classes and prepare for a whole new world of time management
Make sure you are registered for classes that count toward your degree plan or certificate, and that you understand your class schedule. One of the biggest challenges for a lot of you will be time management. When you head off to college, you won’t have somebody there to wake you up, make you breakfast and send you out the door in clean clothes with completed homework in hand. You need to know deadlines for registration, papers, financial aid, coursework and everything in between. Your chance of succeeding academically will rapidly evaporate if you don’t manage your time well. You’re worth the investment–manage it well.
Good luck and we look forward to seeing you in August! The VC Financial Aid office wants to provide you the financial support you need to afford your education!