A fellow mom, Laurie, inquired about the organization of the college applications, so I thought I would address it. There will be an abundance of paper you will accumulate. Although most (if not all) college applications are paperless and submitted online, you will need to print a copy of your app for your records. What I used was a 3-ring-binder (about 1.5”) and an 18-month planner (16-month planner is also fine) starting in July/August 2011. You will eventually have another binder once you get acceptances/financial aid.
Three-ring-binder – Using dividers as subjects, you can keep all copies of college apps, supplemental apps, test scores, transcripts, personal essays, recommendations and other college info. It is important to keep a copy of every college you applied to. Your child may be interviewed for an Alumni Scholarship and you want the information handy.
2. 18-Month-Planner – This became my “bible” when I had to keep track of two seniors applying to colleges at the same time. In this planner, I logged on all the due dates for applications, scholarships, financial aid and supplemental apps. UC applications are online starting October 1st, and the deadline to submit them is November 1-30th. As mentioned in a previous post, it is advisable to work on the online application in October and then once finalized, be ready to submit it within the first two weeks of November.
Here are a list of numbers/codes you will need to keep handy. So gather this info and put them on a post-it in front of your computer:
- Student’s SS#
- CEEB Code: Lowell is 052970; SOTA is 053033. You can look up other schools.
- UC Application ID#
- California State Student ID# [This is found on top of your SFUSD transcript not the Student ID# starting with an “H”]
- ELC ID# [If you qualify, you will receive a letter with this special ELC code, don’t loose it]
- Student’s cell phone# [found it easier to list their # if the colleges wanted to contact them directly]
When you are filling out those college apps and when you check your application status, these numbers will come in handy.
So get a 3-ring-binder and an 18-month planner soon. [Thanks, Laurie, for the topic idea.]