If college graduation is nearing for you, you’re probably busy studying for finals, packing and sending out resumes. That’s a full plate for anyone, but you should also take a few minutes to gather a few things before leaving school.
Student loan information: as you’re packing up, take a look through any student loan paperwork you’ve saved. Make sure you know what loans you borrowed during school, what your total repayment amount will be and when repayment begins for each loan. If you have questions about any of these things, contact your financial aid office.
Financial aid office contact information: take note of your financial aid office’s address, phone number, and email if they offer it. It’s probably available on your school’s website, just be sure you know where to find it. You may want to contact your financial aid office down the road if you have questions about your student loans.
Professors/employers/mentors: did you have a professor, employer or mentor during college? If so, be sure you have their contact information before you leave school. You may want to get in touch with them in the future for advice, a job reference, or just to keep in touch.
Record your addresses: you might be surprised how quickly you forget the address of the place you lived for two years. But you may need that information when you rent your next place—you often need to give a few years’ worth of past addresses when you rent a new apartment.
Copy of your transcripts: you may need these for future employment. If you don’t get an actual copy, at least take note of the office that provides them, so you don’t have to hunt it down when it’s time to send them.
For those of you who have recently graduated, is there any other helpful information you wish you’d taken with you when you left college?