As your student is looking forward to time off over winter break, the WSU Office of Admissions would like to remind them to take advantage of this time to prepare for high school graduation and college. Please pass these tips on to your son or daughter:

Get some rest, eat healthy, stay active, and focus on academics.  Good habits established now can carry over to college. Students who take good care of themselves and make healthy choices are better able to balance the challenges they will face in the college environment. In addition, the grades students receive during their final quarters in high school can affect their college admissions, their first semester college courses, and their scholarships. It is important for students to stay focused on their academics and finish strong.

Apply for scholarships. The deadline for WSU’s general scholarship application is January 31. Students should not wait until the last minute to apply, as they risk the chance of missing some great opportunities. Encourage your student to continue applying for outside scholarships from local organizations in addition to those offered at universities.

Complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA became available October 1 and must be completed by January 31 in order to receive priority for financial aid at WSU. Even if you don’t think your son or daughter will need or qualify for financial aid, it is always worthwhile to submit the FAFSA. In fact, students can’t obtain federal loans without filling one out. If you later discover he or she does have financial need, there may be funds available to help those who have applied before January 31.

Make plans to visit the universities of your choice.  Even though the weather may not be inviting to travel in December, you can still make plans for a spring visit to prospective colleges. Registration for Experience WSU and Future Cougars Embracing Diversity will be available in late-January.