Senior year is a time to celebrate four years of successes, but it is also a critical time in planning for a student’s future. If your senior student is starting or currently in the midst of the college application process, you can help him this semester by following these steps:
Take Tours of Potential Campuses
It is important for your student to tour potential campuses to see which one is right for them. At Grand Canyon University, we offer Discover GCU to help your student discover ‘Lope life firsthand. While they explore student life, you can take a tour of campus and attend a parent information session.
Submit Applications and Required Documentation
You can help your student apply for college by creating a checklist for applying to each school. Be sure to include important reminders like submitting the application fee, having transcripts sent to the school and sending the application itself by the set due date.
Learn About Scholarship Opportunities for Your Student
If your student has done well in high school, he may be eligible for a number of scholarships and grants. Look into federal grants, state scholarships and school scholarships. Many universities offer reduced tuition or scholarships based on academic merit.
Help Your Student Submit a FAFSA
You can help finance your student’s education by having him submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is available online and should be submitted as soon as possible after Jan. 1.
Keep Your Student Motivated
Many students lose focus during their last semester of high school. However, for many colleges and universities, second semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility. While your student may be ready to celebrate now, it’s important to encourage your student to stay on track with his studies in order to secure his future.
If your student is interested in Grand Canyon University, learn more about our free college application and our generous scholarship opportunities by visiting our website or using the request more information button at the top of the page.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.