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Starting college is an exciting time. There are several things you can do as you start your college career to set you on the path to graduation and earn scholarship dollars along the way.

Checklists are here to guide you to continued success.

  • Work hard from the beginning. Your grades can impact financial aid and scholarship opportunities that you may have as you progress through college.

  • Start organized. Prepare a folder of important documents and keep it accessible.
  • Usernames and Passwords (Federal Student Aid, Campus Email, Campus Portals, etc.)
  • College Degree Plan
  • Contacts on Campus
  • Emergency Contact List
  • Policies (Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Programs, Academic Progress, Campus Housing, etc.)
  • Health Insurance Card
  • High School Transcript
  • Housing Contracts
  • Immunization Records
  • Scholarship Renewal Information
  • Social Security Number

  • Utilize tutoring services. Tutors are often professors and/or students who have exceptional skills in a variety of areas. They are available to help you succeed.

  • Attend campus events. Campus events are a great way to meet people on campus. You will gain knowledge on a variety of topics, and you may also leave with an incentive for attending such as extra credit, free t-shirts, etc.

  • Use a calendar. Document important dates that happen throughout an academic year.
  • Start and End Dates for the Semester
  • Campus Breaks and/or Closures
  • Payment Deadlines
  • Refund Dates
  • Deadlines for Drops / Adds / Schedule Changes
  • Registration Periods
  • Testing Week
  • School Events
  • Scholarship Deadlines
  • FAFSA Renewal - October 1 annually.

  • If you couldn’t get enough in financial aid to cover all your college costs, ASLA offers affordable private loans for students to help supplement the Federal Direct Loan Program.
  • Explore the entire campus. There are many organizations and serviced to provide you extra support through college.