College applications are in. Now it's time for students to focus on paying for school.
In an ideal world, families have already talked about what they can afford and how they are going to fund their student's education. In reality, these conversations often don't start until after the acceptance letters arrive.
With so many milestones to keep track of, it is imperative that students and parents have a plan, says Sandy Jimenez, a college access counselor at the Goddard Riverside Community Center in New York City.
Prospective college students can use this timeline to guide them through paying and saving for college.