December 2017 Newsletter

Happy Holidays! I wish you happiness, health, college acceptance letters, and letters of congratulations from scholarship providers!

December Tasks for College Bound Students


  • Finish your college applications and essays and get them to the colleges.
  • Submit all other required documents to the colleges, such as your SAT and ACT scores.
  • Submit your FAFSA.
  • Check your email daily because this is how many colleges will communicate with you. Make sure to read all emails closely because sometimes colleges will need more information from you to make decisions.


  • Schedule your SAT and/or ACT tests for Spring 2018. Make sure to start doing some test prep as well because these tests are much different than the regular tests you take in school.

All Students

  • Study and complete all of your assignments and papers! Finish the semester strong!

College ApplicationsCollege Applications | JLV College Counseling

If you have already received college acceptance letters, congratulations! If decision letters have not arrived yet, be patient because they will be coming soon. If you’re not sure what you should do after submitting your college applications, check out these six things to do after applications have been submitted.

Pay attention to the deadlines and make sure your applications are submitted before the deadline. If you’re still looking for colleges, there are many colleges that operate on rolling admission and are still accepting applications.

ScholarshipsDecember 2017 Newsletter | JLV College Counseling

As always, continue applying for scholarships because every little bit helps. Here are some scholarship lists to check out:

While quality is always better than quantity when it comes to scholarships, check out these monthly scholarships that do not require much work. Since there is not much work required, there will be many students applying. But, you can apply to many of these scholarships within minutes!

If you want to narrow down the scholarship lists, make sure to check out the scholarships sorted by grade level, major, etc. In addition to JLV College Counseling, check out my list of 12 places to look for college scholarships.

Parent Tips | JLV College CounselingParents

Talk to your students about finances now. Don’t wait until colleges start sending out financial aid award letters. As your students are looking for schools that are good academic and social fits, help them determine if the colleges are good financial fits for your family. Check out the net price calculators at the colleges your student is considering. In addition, help your student stay organized with their scholarship search by encouraging them to schedule time each week to apply to scholarships.

Have a great December! If you ever have any questions or think there is an article that could be helpful, send me a message. My goal is to help students and their parents as much as I can as they move through the college admissions and financial aid process.

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