Senior Calendar

August

  • Review your career plans and decide which type of postsecondary school is best for you.
  • List your top college choices.
  • Request admissions information and school catalogs.
  • 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 web sites.
  • Contact your state financial aid agency or department of higher education for information about paying for college.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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, your key to a fast, online financial aid application.
  • 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.

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 get a paper form from your counselor).
  • 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.

February

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

June

  • Plan for college transportation.
  • Follow up with the financial aid office to ensure all paperwork is complete.

July

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

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