SENIOR PLANNING GUIDE
aware of your GPA and class rank
your priorities in a college (size, admissions selectivity, location,
programs of study, social life, extra-curricular opportunities)
you have not already done so, write, phone or use the Internet to request
applications for all colleges/universities you are interested in
for October/November SAT I (on-line at collegeboard.com or use the paper
application available in the guidance office)
required, obtain the reference request form in the guidance office,
complete it, and ask appropriate people to write recommendations on your
behalf. Allow 2 weeks for recommendations.
visits to colleges (if you haven’t already done so). If you plan to make
a visit during our school hours, obtain a college visit form in the
guidance office at least three days prior to your scheduled visit.
in the guidance office to review schedule of visits by college
application forms and review these with your counselor-remember to make
copies for your files. Remember to pick up in the guidance office the
college tracking form and release form; both must be completed for every
on your first marking period grades
an accredited regional college fair in your area to further investigate
applications, fees, tracking form, release form, envelope and stamps and
any other necessary materials to your counselor- be aware of deadlines for
early decision or early action programs **The application takes at
least 5 school days to process.
for December/January SAT I on-line or by obtaining the paper forms in the
for announcements and review the monthly Scholarship Bulletin provided by
the guidance office. Pay close attention to the deadlines and keep in
mind that transcript requests take at least 5 school days. Check the
resource section for additional financial aid/scholarship links.
1st is the usual deadline for an application to be submitted in
the Early Decision Plan and the Early Action Plan
to complete and submit applications to colleges and make copies for your
aware of financial aid deadlines and required documentation. Check with
institutions to be sure they do not require additional financial aid
documents (PROFILE, etc.)
up on any requests for additional information from the colleges where you
for you and your parents/guardians to attend Financial Aid Night at the
goal should be to complete all college applications prior to the winter
you applied for early decision, you should have an answer before winter
break. If the decision is deferred or if you are denied, review your
other choices and apply as needed. Review process with your school
working on your classes! Colleges/Universities may ask for mid-year
grades. Remember to submit a records release.
you took the SAT/ACT you should receive the FAFSA directly from the
government between now and the New Year. FAFSA forms should also be
available in the guidance office at this time
applications and materials still needed
scholarship applications as required. Again, the guidance office provides
a monthly scholarship bulletin. Refer to the resource section of our
webpage for additional scholarship searches
your family to complete tax returns early – the figures will be used to
complete the FAFSA
date, and sign your financial aid forms and mail as soon as possible after
for filing applications with many competitive colleges is in January
applications and materials still needed
focused and keep studying!
four weeks after you submitted the FAFSA you should receive your SAR
(Student Aid Report). Review this carefully for errors.
the FAFSA processor or the college directly of any changes/errors to your
your acceptances and financial aid awards
schools of your decisions as soon as you know them – whether it is that
you plan to attend their school or if you are denying their acceptance
you plan to attend, send appropriate tuition and housing deposits as
applications in the guidance office for local scholarships (also listen to
the morning announcements for scholarship opportunities). Be sure to
return the completed applications by the specified deadline
1st – National Candidates’ Reply Date –
you must notify all schools that you have been accepted to
by this date of your decision. If you cannot make a decision by this time
due to incomplete financial aid, you need to request an extension in time
on your decision!
any appropriate AP (Advanced Placement) examinations as needed
Transcript request forms will be distributed in homeroom.
Colleges/Universities must have your final transcript! Complete the form
and return it to the guidance office ASAP!
for information about orientations and/or college placement exams in the
mail. Make arrangements with the main office if the exam is being held
during school time
for college! Don’t forget things that remind you of home – pictures of
family and friends, your favorite pillow!
your next phase of life!
( updated: 14 Oct '09 )