As seen in NYMetroParents, below is helpful insight for parents of 12th grade students by the founder of Novella Prep.
Make sure your child has finished writing her essays.
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in October. Check with the financial aid offices of any schools to which your child will be applying to see if anything else is needed.
Schedule 1-on-1 college interviews for your child, on campus whenever possible. Remind him to come prepared with questions, take notes, and send thank-you notes.
Make a spreadsheet and schedule appointments for all the important deadlines through the end of the year along with your child.
Plan for her applications to be submitted one week early. The first complete applications are more likely to be read first, which is good!
Have him follow up by phone or e-mail to verify that each application is complete. Never assume that everything is in order until you confirm it.
Breathe! Encourage your child to engage in productive conversations with friends and family and only share what is essential.