Senior Year - What to do checklist

  • Seniors - What to Do Checklist
    All Year
    • Work hard all year; second-semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility and acceptance to schools
    • Stay involved in after-school activities, and seek leadership roles if possible looks great on resumes, college applications and may make the difference in you getting accepted!
    • Meet with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill your colleges admission requirements
    • Register for ACT or SAT if you haven’t or wish to retake
    • Apply to all colleges you have chosen.  Prepare applications carefully.  Follow instructions, and PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DEADLINES!
    • Well before App. deadlines, ask counselor and teachers to submit required documents (ex. Transcripts, letters of recommendation) to the colleges which you’re applying.  
    • To Prepare for federal student aid (FAFSA), be sure you get your pin # at so you can complete your application and access you information online.  
    • Encourage parents to complete income taxes early.  If your parents haven’t completed their tax forms, you can provide estimated information on your FAFSA, and make necessary changes later.
    • As soon as after Jan. 1 as possible, complete and submit your FAFS, along with any other financial aid applications your schools of choice may require.   You can complete FAFSA online at  Submit by the earliest financial aid deadline to the schools you are applying to, usually by early February.
    • Questions about FAFSA call 1-800-4FED-AID
    • After you submit FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within three days to three weeks.  Quickly make necessary changes and then submit them to the FAFSA processor.  
    • Complete any last scholarship applications  
    • Visit Colleges that have invited you to enroll, try to sit in on classes if you know someone who goes there, tour dorms, tour café, all facilities, etc.
    • Review your colleges acceptance and compare the colleges’ financial aid packages – ask schools what they can do for you
    • Contact a school’s financial aid office if you have questions about the kind of aid the school has offered you.  Getting to know your financial aid staff early is a good idea – they can tell you about deadlines, other aid for which you might wish to apply, and important paperwork that needs to be submitted. 
    • When you decide which school you want to attend, notify that school of you commitment and submit any required financial deposit – usually by May 1st.