Senior Year Information

Class of 2017

Preparing for college checklist

August

  • Look into your top college choices online or go on campus visits. Request admission information.
  • Retake the ACT/SAT to improve your score
  • Begin researching scholarship options

September

  • Ask your counselor about creating a resume, recommendation letters, & applying for scholarships
  • Be aware of college application due dates and financial aid deadlines
  • Attend college fairs & financial aid events in your area

October

  • Sign up for an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov
  • Attend a FAFSA application event
  • Finalize your admissions essays

November

  • Go on college visits & meet with a financial aid officer to help narrow down your college choice
  • After filing the FAFSA, watch for your Student Aid Report & check for accuracy

December

  • Compare college costs & programs
  • Research and apply for college, local, and private scholarships
  • Consider job shadowing for a better look at your desired career field

January

  • Complete the FAFSA by Feb. 1st to meet the new priority deadline
  • Submit any verification forms to the financial aid office, if requested
  • Continue to apply for scholarships

February

  • Review your financial aid award letters
  • Contact the financial aid offices with any questions
  • Begin to narrow down your college choice

March

  • Develop a financial plan to pay for college
  • Watch for housing & other college deadlines

April

  • Watch for acceptance letters, financial aid awards, etc.
  • Review and return any missing forms to the college of your choice
  • Let any college you are not attending know of your choice. This is best practice, especially if you have been offered a scholarship, so they can extend offers to the next student in line.

May

  • Graduate!!!
  • Finalize summer job plans and save a portion of your earnings

June

  • Plan for college orientation, transportation & housing
  • Prepare a realistic budget you can follow throughout college
  • Follow up with the financial aid office at your college to ensure all paperwork is complete

July

  • Finalize move-in dates & housing for the fall semester
  • Be sure you are enrolled in the required # of credit hours for scholarships & other financial aid awards
  • Relax, and enjoy your freshman year!!