Your Senior Year
- Meet with your college advisor/high school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and meet college admission requirements. Find out what options you have if you are not going to be able to meet the requirements.
- Register for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and/or the ACT.
- Request letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, employers, and others to include in your college applications.
If you haven’t yet decided which colleges to apply to, attend the college fair in your area. Be sure to go prepared.
- If you haven’t already, and if you can visit the colleges to which you are applying.
- Decide if you want to apply for an “early action” or “early decision” at any college and check the application due dates.
- Review deadlines for specific college programs and scholarships.
- Check your high school counseling office for financial aid workshops, scholarship announcements, and visits by college representatives.
- Continue participating in extracurricular activities.
- Make a final check and review of your school records.
- Attend a college financial aid workshop.
- Register for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and/or the ACT if you have not yet done so.
- Consult your college advisor/high school counselor and college Web sites about any other required tests.
- Work on applications.
- Request transcripts from your high school to be sent to the colleges to which you are applying.
- Apply for any applicable scholarships/awards from local organizations.
- Check college application deadlines.
- Meet early decision/early action deadlines, if desired.
- Are all your college applications submitted?
- Any deadlines approaching?
- Attend financial aid application workshops, if you haven’t yet.
- Begin to get FAFSA materials together.
- Get a Federal Student Aid PIN for you and your parents.
- Look for early admissions notices from colleges, if applicable.
- Talk to alumni and college friends to get more information about the colleges to which you applied.
- Review student financial aid application forms.
Encourage your parents to complete their income taxes early.
- File the FAFSA online and, if required, the colleges’ financial aid application forms.
- File your TAP application online at the end of the FAFSA.
- Remind your family to keep copies of all tax returns.
- Continue to check for scholarship opportunities.
- Look for email messages from FAFSA and TAP.
- Need more information on financial aid? Check out: startheregetthere.org.
- You may be asked to send colleges your mid-year grade report.
- Look for college acceptance notices.
- Are you maintaining your folder of correspondence?
- Register for Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, if needed.
- Check your financial aid status at your college or university. Check your TAP status on HESC.org.
- Start looking for a summer job.
- Look for college financial aid packages from colleges to which you are accepted.
- If you have questions, review your financial aid packages with the colleges’ financial aid offices.
- Complete your last college visits before making your decision.
- Decide what college you will attend, sign college letter of intent, accept or refuse the financial aid offered, and send in the required housing and tuition deposits by May 1.
- Send thank you notes to all who assisted you, including college advisors/high school counselors, teachers and others who wrote recommendation letters.
- Notify the colleges which you decided not to attend. If you have received aid packages from these colleges, notify the financial aid offices so the awards can be offered to other students.
- Notify your high school counselor office and college financial aid office of any scholarships received.
- Follow up with your college about financial aid and orientation.
- June - August
- Have your final transcript sent to your college.
- Use your summer job to save for your education.
- If you plan to borrow money from the Federal Student Loan Program, complete your application and promissory note.
- Get ready for your first year of college!