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Email Notifications

Once you have sumbitted an application, a college typically sends you information about activating or setting up an account on their portal. This, in addition to email, is how schools will begin communication with you.  You may also be notified of your admissions decision this way as well. It is important to keep checking emails and your appliation portals as we move into decision release times. They expect you to be responsible for managing this process. 

"Missing" Application Items

Please be advised that it can take up to two weeks or more for colleges to match transcripts, recommendations, etc. to students' application files. This means that colleges may report items as missing, when in fact they have already received them. To quote an email from a college rep about this exact topic: "We have a back-up during our busier times of year so materials that have been received (but not downloaded) sometimes show up as missing."  This being said, if a college reports that items are still missing more than two weeks after they have been sent, please let me know.

Financial Aid

The FAFSA (Free Applilcation for Federal Student Aid) opened up on October 1. It is recommended that all students complete the FAFSA regardless of family income. Additionally, it is recommended that you complete it as soon as possible. In order to maximize student aid for the State of Maryland, it is recommended that you complete the FAFSA and create an MDCAPS account (this is the application portal for Maryland State aid) prior to March 15.  Some colleges may require the CSS Profile, this is an additional and more comprehensive financial application than the FAFSA. Please check with your colleges to see if it is required.

You should also be checking your college's financial aid portion of their websites to see if there are additional scholarship applications that could be completed in order to recieve any merit-based awards.