Congratulations, you’re a high school graduate! Even if you’ve already been admitted to college and accepted your financial aid package, you still need to complete some additional steps before you’re officially a college student:

Make a Budget

Review your financial aid offer and pay close attention to the Cost of Attendance, which includes tuition, school fees and room and board. Depending on the school, your financial aid offer might or might not include books, supplies, travel and personal expenses. If these costs aren’t included, be sure to account for them and other living expenses. If you have been in foster care, talk with your aftercare worker to see if any assistance is available.

Make Payments on Time

Make a payment timeline. When is admission deposit (your official decision of where you’ll attend school) due? Your first tuition payment? Housing deposit? If you need to, make a calendar to keep track.

Request a Final Transcript

Your college will probably require a final official transcript to ensure that you have graduated. Request one through your high school. You'll also need to request a transcript from any colleges you took dual credit courses from. If you took AP classes, you'll need to file a request with CollegeBoard to send test scores to your college.

Register & Attend Orientation

Orientation allows you to meet your classmates and learn about support services on campus. At some schools, orientation is required. Even if it’s not, you’ll get a smoother start if you attend. Some schools offer orientation for parents as well.

Get Required Immunizations

Your school will probably send you a list of required vaccinations. Among the most common are vaccines for meningitis, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis and HPV. If necessary, visit your family doctor or local clinic for vaccinations.

Finalize Housing Arrangements

If you plan to live on campus, make sure you’ve submitted all necessary applications and deposits. If you’ll have a roommate, get in touch with that person.

Register for Classes

If you know your major, start taking basic courses in that department. If you’re not sure of a major, try out some subjects that interest you, but remember to include core courses like math and composition, too. Try to spread out your classes so no one day of the week is too jam-packed. If you plan to work part-time, ask your advisor for help creating a schedule that balances employment and academics. 

Arrange Transportation

If you’ll live on campus, think about whether you might need multiple move-in trips to accommodate all your belongings. If you’ll be driving to classes every day, or if you plan to keep a car on campus, arrange for a campus parking permit.