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College application deadlines looming for high school seniors

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If your high school senior is headed for college in the fall, local high school guidance counselors say some important deadlines are coming up.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a record 21.8 million students flocked to universities across the nation this year.

Even more are expected to enroll in the fall of 2014, and that's why high school guidance counselors are urging high school seniors to get a move on now.

Judy Liesen, a guidance counselor at Quincy Notre Dame, says November 1 is the early application deadline for many colleges.

Liesen says by now, high school seniors should be going on college visits and narrowing their choices down to three to four colleges.

And Liesen says getting those college applications in now is important for a lot of reasons.

"If the student is on the borderline, then the quota starts to fill up and their chances of getting in is more difficult as time goes on. Scholarships have deadlines and even though they've got their application in, they want to make sure they get it in time for scholarships," says Liesen.

Liesen also says if high school seniors apply early, they'll have a better shot at getting the class schedule they want, and even first choice for housing.

Another deadline to consider: January 1, 2014 is when students need to start filling out Free Application for Federal Student Aid - or FAFSA - forms to see if they qualify for financial aid.

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