Top Five "Must Dos" When Accepted to College How to Watch Your Pennies and Get Ready at the Same Time

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It is that time of year when high school seniors are making the best of the last few months of high school while painstakingly waiting for college acceptance letters to arrive in the mail. Once they do, the fun can begin. But, it's also when worry starts to set in for parents and students concerned about the financial reality of going away to college. To help them prepare for the move to campus, eRegistry has put together a short list of "must dos."

It is that time of year when high school seniors are making the best of the last few months of high school while painstakingly waiting for college acceptance letters to arrive in the mail. Once they do, the fun can begin. But, it's also when worry starts to set in for parents and students concerned about the financial reality of going away to college. To help them prepare for the move to campus, eRegistry has put together a short list of "must dos."

Tip 1: Tell the World - You've been accepted to college! (Hopefully the one of your choice.) Take a minute to celebrate: text your friends, call grandma and update your MySpace page. While you're at it, do a search for other students in your class at your college. This could be your first step in saving a few pennies. By creating some of these friendships early on, you can learn more about what others are bringing to college and where they live. Carpooling could be a great idea. Your college may even let you choose your roommate, meaning you can split up buying things for your room.
Tip 2: Identify Possible Scholarships - It can be as easy as doing an Internet search or asking a high school counselor about specific scholarships at colleges and universities. The best thing about a scholarship is that you do not have to repay anyone - so do your homework in the beginning and figure out what scholarships are available to you.
Tip 3: Look into Financial Aid - February is Financial Aid Awareness Month. Don't worry if you are eligible or not - just apply. And apply every year because there are so many factors that affect eligibility. And with President Obama's campaign promise to make college affordable for every American, laws and regulations are likely to be in flux over the next four years. This can really make a world of difference for families struggling today.
Tip 4: Start a College Registry - Starting a school gift registry is always a great idea. Most individuals entering college will either have a family graduation party or a party for their friends. Let your guests know exactly what you need for college and dorm life. Listing items such as school supplies, sheets and a comforter for the bed away from home, or even asking for cash for books, can help you go a long way the first year of college. And if you need something more expensive like a computer, friends and family can each contribute toward purchasing one.
Tip 5: Save. Save. Save. - It is never too late to start saving for college. Put away all you can from now until August. That may mean giving up the limo for prom, spending less on the senior trip or working a few more hours a week. Having meal choices other than ramen noodles will be well worth it in the long run.

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eRegistry.com is the world's first comprehensive wish giving website that offers a complete suite of gifts, cash and philanthropic gift registry solutions. At eRegistry.com users can instantly add gifts from all their favorite stores, create custom items, tastefully request money gifts through the eRegistry WishCard™ and receive free charitable contributions, all in one place. eRegistry.com is the perfect gift registry for any wedding, baby shower, charity or other special event. More information can be found at http://www.eRegistry.com.

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