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Senior Year Checklist and Resources

 
August
  • Review your career plans and decide which type of postsecondary school is best for you.
  • Save money from your summer job for college.
  • List your top college choices.
  • Request admissions information and school catalogs.
  • Go on college visits.
  • Obtain registration materials and test dates for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or ACT assessment.
  • Compare costs of each school that interests you by contacting the colleges by phone, mail, or via their websites.
  • Visit Going2College for information about career, college, and financial aid resources in your state.
September
  • Mark your calendar with registration, admissions, and financial aid deadlines and fees. Determine if the schools that interest you have online admission applications. If not, request them by mail now.
  • Meet with school representatives who visit your high school.
  • Look at virtual tours of college campuses online.
  • If you haven't already taken the SAT and/or ACT, register for the test(s).
  • Attend college planning and/or financial aid information nights and college fairs.
  • Ask employers, teachers, and guidance counselors for letters of recommendation to accompany your admissions applications.
October
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT.
  • Work on your admissions essays.
  • If you haven't already done so, attend college planning and/or financial aid information nights and college fairs.
  • Visit your top school choices.
  • If possible, make appointments with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Complete applications for every scholarship for which you may be eligible.
  • Meet with your guidance counselor to develop a college admission and financial aid application plan.
  • Make a folder for each of your college choices.
  • Contact the schools' financial aid offices to determine which forms they require. Some schools may require special forms.
  • Finalize portfolios, audition tapes, writing samples, or other evidence of talent if required for admission.
November
  • Complete admissions applications by their deadlines.
  • If you haven't already done so, attend college planning and/or financial aid information nights and college fairs.
  • If necessary, register to retake the SAT and/or ACT.
  • Request financial aid forms and applications. Double check the deadlines for submission.
  • Follow up to ensure your employers, teachers, and guidance counselors send letters of recommendation.
December
  • Sign up for a PIN, to complete your FAFSA online. (Also let your parents know that they will need a PIN.)
  • Finalize admission applications.
  • Urge your parents to file their taxes as soon as possible after January 1.
  • This will ease the financial aid process.
  • Research and apply for other financial aid, including grants and scholarships.
  • Watch for early admissions notices (they tend to arrive in December or January).
January
  • As soon as possible after January 1 and when tax forms are complete (they don't have to be filed until April 15; you can use estimates), complete your FAFSA online (or go to www.studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa to download a PDF version of the FAFSA).
  • Keep copies of all documents, including your PIN, in a file.
  • If you can't attend financial aid nights, ask if you and your parents can borrow a video of an event from your counselor.
  • Contact the U.S. Department of Education at 800-4-FEDAID for assistance completing the FAFSA and/or plan to attend a College Goal Sunday event (free FAFSA advice) near you.
February
  • Be mindful of deadlines. Always submit information on time.
  • Research Advanced Placement (AP) or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Watch for the e-mail notice indicating your Student Aid Report (SAR) is ready. Review your SAR for errors and make any corrections as indicated.
  • Rank your top school choices. A
  • ttend a College Goal Sunday event.
March
  • Check with the financial aid offices to ensure your paperwork is complete.
  • Submit tax forms if they request them.
  • Narrow your school choices and make campus visits.
  • Be on the lookout for acceptance letters.
  • Start looking for summer jobs.
April
  • Compare financial aid award letters.
  • Make your final school decision and mail deposits, as required.
  • Check with the school you've chosen about returning financial aid award letters.
  • Notify the schools you have chosen NOT to attend.
  • Plan for registration, orientation, and housing, and mark your calendar with important dates.
May
  • Be aware of any summer orientation sessions that you must attend at the school in which you will enroll, and make plans accordingly.
  • Finalize your summer job plans, and make a plan for saving a portion of your summer earnings. Prepare a realistic student budget.
  • Follow up with your high school to ensure the counselor forwards your final school transcripts to the college.
June
  • Plan for college transportation.
  • Notify your high school guidance office of your college selection and any scholarships received. Follow up with the financial aid office to ensure all paperwork is complete.
July
  • Save money from your summer job.
  • Send “thank you notes” to everyone who helped you plan and prepare for college.
  • Make copies of your financial aid forms, health forms, etc for your files to aid in resolving future issues.

Congratulations! It's time to get ready to start college.

 
Resources:  College 
Here you will find help to prepare for college visits, fairs and meeting with admissions representatives.  Once you've narrowed your choices, you will find help for prioritizing, comparing and contrasting schools so that you can make the best post-secondary choice.
 
 
Resources:  Financial Aid
These resources will assist you in applying for financial aid, including the FAFSA, scholarships and more!