What's Next

Congratulations! You are on the path to college. Now, here is what you have to do:


Make sure you have taken care of all supporting documents required for your college applications:

    • Mailed or submitted online your application fee (or a fee waiver or deferral form)

    • Asked your school counselor to send your official transcript to the college

    • Submitted any additional essays as required

    • Asked your references or school counselor to send letters of recommendation

    • Official transcripts you might have from dual credit or college courses

    • Requested official test scores required – SAT, ACT, AP, IB or TOEFL

Apply for Financial Aid

SHGTLogoB 300WYou must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the FAFSA -- your key to finacial aid for college.  The FAFSA is available at fafsa.ed.gov after October 1.

Visit StartHereGetThere.org to more learn about completing the FAFSA and find workshops and College Goal New York events that provide one-on-one assistance in completing your FAFSA.

When You Will Hear from the Colleges

You should receive acceptance letters and financial aid award letters by April.

Know Your Deadlines

Make sure you know all your college deadlines so you don’t miss any important decisions that may impact you later. There are deadlines for:

    • Financial aid application

    • Acceptance notification

    • Residence choices

While You Are Waiting

Spring and high school graduation may seem far away, but take some time now to thank those people who have helped you on your path to college…counselors, your recommenders, mentors, coaches or anyone else who has been an inspiration for you to go to college.

Be proud! You are going to college!