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Senior Year Checklist

Senior Year Checklist

  •  AUGUST:  Register in mid-August for the September ACT.
  • SEPTEMBER:  Request applications from schools if you have not already done so.
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE:  All male students must register for the selective service within 30 days of their eighteenth birthday to be eligible for federal and state financial aid.  If you missed this deadline, REGISTER NOW!
  • SEPTEMBER:  Meet with your counselor to make sure you have the credits for graduation.
  • SEPTEMBER:  Keep your applications in order by creating files for the schools in which you are interested.
  • Keep a calendar of testing and application deadlines.
  • SEPTEMBER:  Seek recommendations from teachers, guidance counselor, or other appropriate people to accompany applications.
  • Research scholarships.  Student Services will announce scholarships as they become available.
  • Don't get a case of SENIORITIS- Keep your grades up and stay involved!
  • Attend college open houses, meet with college representatives that come to your high school and meet with military reps if you are interested.
  • Continue to schedule college visits.  You should visit you top choices at least twice to make sure the school is right for you.
  • Apply to more than one school.   Some recommend your top 2-3, others recommend your top 4-6.  Certain colleges are more competitive than other.  Make sure you apply to at least one college you know you can afford and where you will be accepted.
  • If you will be seeking an athletic scholarship, contact coaches in your sport at schools you are considering.
  • SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER:  Register for the ACT or SAT I if you did not take them during you junior year or it you would like to retake them.  Take the SAT IIs if a school of your choice requires them.
  • Fill our college applications, paying careful attention to any deadlines.  Allow one week for Student Services to process your application.
  • OCTOBER:  Early Decision- If you know where you want to go and you are reasonably happy with your grades and test scores, you can apply.  There is a catch!  You are committing yourself.  If you are accepted, you are going there.
  • OCTOBER-JANUARY:  Complete NCAA Clearinghouse Eligibility if you plan to compete in Div. I or Div. II athletics as a college freshman.
  • DECEMBER:  Be aware of early application deadlines at some schools.
  • DECEMBER:  With your family, attend the Financial Aid Workshop.
  • JANUARY:  Complete the FAFSA form.  Check with schools you are interested in about their financial aid deadlines.  Some deadlines may be earlier than the PHEAA deadline.  The FAFSA is available from Student Services, on the web atwww.fafsa.ed.gov or call 1-800-4-FED-AID.  FAFSA will also be mailed directly to seniors who took the ACT or SAT prior to July 1.
  • JANUARY:  Remember to have your first semester grades sent to the schools you have applied to.
  • MARCH-APRIL:  Schools usually send out acceptance and rejection letters at this time.  Notify the schools of your decision to accept or reject admission offers.  Notify Student Services of your final choice.
  • MAY:  Make sure your final choice school knows you are coming.  Check on any final deadlines for housing, financial, etc...
  • JUNE:  Have your final transcripts sent if your new school requires them.