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Senior Year College Checklist
The Summer Before
 Visit all colleges on your list. Confirm campus tour schedules & prepare list of questions for tours.
 Athletes: Register with NCAA Eligibility Center (www.ncaa.org)
 College Essays - Begin working on college and scholarship application essays
 Update Résumé (accomplishments, activities, volunteering, jobs, internships, passions)
 Prepare for ACT/SAT Retakes using workbooks and online resources.
 Begin Researching Scholarships- build a spreadsheet, including deadlines, criteria, and essay requests.

September
 Finalize your List of Colleges – make a spreadsheet.
 Start a Checklist of all application requirements, deadlines, fees, etc. (request fee waivers if needed)
 Attend College Fairs & Events – watch for announcements from the counseling department.
 Attend Campus Visits & Interviews; attend open house events at colleges that interest you.
 Early Decision or Early Action – get started now, as early application deadlines fall in Oct/Nov.
 Finalize Résumé with extra-curricular activities and community service/leadership opportunities
 Submit Letter of Recommendation Requests for early application admissions and scholarship applications                 through Family Connection/Naviance
 Register for the College Opportunity Fund at www.cof.college-assist.org
 Attend Scheduled Senior Conference

October
 Submit last minute Letter of Recommendation Requests for admissions and scholarship applications
 College Essays – Write first draft; ask parents and teachers to proof essays. Good essays reveal something         insightful about yourself or your personality. Avoid clichés and predictable writing.
 Visit your Top School Choices – Interview some students, faculty, and staff.
 Get PINs for FAFSA for both yourself and one of your parents at www.pin.ed.gov
 Complete FAFSA. FAFSA is FREE and can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov
 If you need to fill out CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, register at www.collegeboard.org starting Oct. 1.
 Attend Scheduled Senior Conference
 Academy Graduation Information Meetings

November
 College Essays – Finish your application essays; proofread rigorously for mistakes.
 Apply to Colleges with Rolling Admission (first-come, first-served) as early as possible. Keep copies.
 Make sure your Test Scores will be sent by testing agency to each of your colleges.
 Request Transcripts to be sent to each of your colleges through Family Connection/Naviance
 Search & Apply for Scholarships in time to meet application deadlines
 Double check college admission and financial aid priority deadlines. Aid determined after admission.
 Male students must apply for Selective Service to receive financial aid. www.sss.gov

December
 If you submitted Early Decision application and are accepted and decide to attend, withdraw other applications.
 Try to Wrap up College Applications before winter break. Confirm materials have been received
    by colleges and make copies.
 Apply for Scholarships in time to meet application deadlines.

January
 Provide Midyear Grades to colleges that request them.
 Update Applications with New Honors or Accomplishments- let your colleges know.
 Apply for Scholarships in time to meet application deadlines.
 Request New Transcripts (with fall semester final grades) to be sent to each college, if required
    through Family Connection/Naviance.

February
 Contact Your Colleges to confirm that all application materials have been received.
 Watch for Feb 15 Financial Aid Deadlines.
 If any Special Circumstances affect your family’s financial situation, alert college financial aid offices.
 File Income Tax Returns Early. Some colleges want copies of your family’s returns before finalizing
    financial aid offers.

March
 Admission Decisions Start Arriving. Read everything carefully, as some may require prompt action.
 Revisit Colleges that accepted you to help with your decision
 DON’T get Senioritis! Colleges want to see strong second half grades. Significant changes could affect
    admission decisions and scholarship opportunities.

April
 Most Admissions Decisions and Financial Aid Award Letters Arrive this Month – Carefully read
    and compare everything you receive. Build a spreadsheet to easily compare your options. If you
    have questions, please contact college financial aid offices to clarify.
 Make a final decision, accept the financial aid package, and mail a deposit check to your college of
    choice before May 1 (Acceptance deadline for most schools).
 Notify other colleges that you will not be attending, so another student can have your spot.
 On the Waiting List at your First-Choice College? Don’t let that cause you to lose your aid at another
    college that has accepted you. Accept that award in case you don’t make it off the waiting list.
 If not going to college? Consider and discuss work, military, travel, or GAP year options.

May
 Study hard for Final Exams. Most offers of admission are contingent on final grades.
 Submit Final Transcript Request to have final transcript sent to your college of choice and also to
    NCAA Eligibility Center (for athletes).
 Consider applying for Non-Need-Based Loans to cover your family’s out-of-pocket college expenses.
 Thank everyone who wrote you recommendations or helped with scholarship applications.

June
 Think about Summer Job options to make and save money for college.
 Sign up for Orientation at your college of choice.
- Get It Together for College, 3rd edition: A planner to help you get organized and get in, The College Board;

www.CollegeinColorado.org; and other sources.
Revised August 2016
 

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