Three mistakes college applicants must avoid this month

Seniors, while you’re awaiting the last of the decisions to arrive from your colleges, don’t make any of these common mistakes:

1. Neglect to send a midyear report to a college that requires one.

2. Forget to send your required financial aid paperwork (most deadlines will be before March 1).

3. Ignore an email or letter from a college in which you were asked to send information that’s missing from your application, like a letter of recommendation or official test scores.

Check your colleges’ websites to verify whether they require midyear reports, and to see when the financial aid forms are due.  And don’t ignore any communication you get from a college, especially one informing you that one or more of your application materials is still missing.