December can be one hectic month, with holiday shopping, festivities, and endless gatherings with family and friends. For students thinking about heading to college next fall, college deadlines are fast approaching in the new year, adding more stress to an already busy time of year.

Here are some great resources to share with your students and families to help them prepare for upcoming college deadlines:

Surviving the Process

First, here are some general tips for navigating the college admissions process.

Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids
Confessions of an Admissions Veteran: What Families Need to Know
20 Tips For Surviving College Admissions Season

Checking College Application Deadlines

Many early-action or early-decision deadlines have come and gone, but most regular college application deadlines fall within the first two weeks of January. 

Know the most important college application deadlines
3 Tips to Complete College Applications on Time
Staying on Schedule For College Applications

Filling out the FAFSA

To be considered for federal student aid for the 2017-2018 award year, you can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1, 2016 and midnight Central Time, June 30, 2018. However, many states and colleges have earlier deadlines for applying for state and institutional financial aid.

Find your state’s FAFSA deadline
4 Things to Know About the New FAFSA
Preparing to Fill Out a FAFSA
12 Common FAFSA Mistakes

Exploring Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to applying for federal financial aid, don’t miss out on scholarship opportunities. It’s important to meet scholarship deadlines, as some awards may be unavailable in subsequent years.

Important Deadlines for Scholarship Seekers
Finding and Applying for Scholarships
Scholarship Application Strategies
13 Best Tips for Winning College Scholarships
10 Scholarships You Can Apply For Today

Writing Your Essay

We all know the college application essay can be a critical piece of a student’s college application. Here are some tips for how to make it stand out.

7 Proven Tips for Successful College Application Essays
The Keys to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay
Ten Last-Minute Tips For Crushing the College Application Essay
How (Not) To Make Your College Application Stand Out

Considering Rolling Admissions

Not sure you can handle the rush to submit college applications in January? Rolling admissions give students the flexibility to apply to college within a wider window of time.

5 Reasons You Should Check Out Schools with Rolling Admissions Programs
3 Times When Applying Late to College Makes Sense
Top 25 Colleges with Rolling Admissions

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