This is the easiest thing to remember. If you apply early, you don't have to worry about late fees, or rushing to get things done. Apply around the end of summer towards September. This way you will have more time to worry about the paying of tuition rather than worrying about getting accepted. Applying early makes a great impression to the college. It shows them that you are proactive, and in turn, they give more attention to your application. Also, the quicker you apply, the easier it would be to get certain scholarships from that school. If you are late, you will miss out on a lot of opportunities.