Simple, but they work.
1. For each college you’re applying to, create web bookmarks for both the admissions and financial aid pages of their sites. You’ll be back over and over again.
2. Fill out the online forms to request more information from each college. This tells colleges you’re a potential applicant, and in return, they’ll alert you when the application is available.
3. Write down your login and password information for each application you begin. Do the same thing with your information for collegeboard.com and/or act.org. You don't want to have to work to retrieve that information if you're under deadline pressure.