Senior year is finally here, and it's full of things to do to get ready for college. Use this senior year checklist to keep track of your progress and upcoming deadlines for testing, admissions and financial aid.
Sign up for the ACT/SAT (if you didn't take it as a junior, or if you aren't satisfied with your score, or if you've learned a lot since you first took it.)
Review ACT/SAT test results and retest if necessary
August - December
Visit with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements
Consider taking courses at a local university or community college
Keep working hard all year; second semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility
Ask for personal references from teachers, school counselors, or employers early in the year or at least two weeks before application deadlines. Follow your school's procedure for requesting recommendations.
Visit with admissions counselors who come to your high school
Attend a college fair
Begin your college essay(s)
Apply for admission at the colleges you've chosen
Avoid common college application mistakes
Find out if you qualify for scholarships at each college you have applied to
Start the financial aid application process
See your school counselor for help finding financial aid and scholarships
January - June
If you need it, get help completing the FAFSA
Send first semester transcripts to schools where you applied. In June, they will need to send final transcripts to the college you will attend.
Visit colleges that have invited you to enroll.
Decide which college to attend, and notify the school of your decision
Keep track of and observe deadlines for sending in all required fees and paperwork.
Notify schools you will not attend of your decision
Continue to look for scholarship opportunities
Keep track of important financial aid and scholarship deadlines
Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR) it should arrive four weeks after the FAFSA is filed
Compare financial aid packages from different schools
Sign and send in a promissory note if you are borrowing money
Notify your college about any outside scholarships you received
REMINDER: Submit a copy of ALL college acceptance letters, scholarship letters, military offers, etc. to the College Center