The Summer Before Your Senior Year
- Visit as many college campuses as you can.
- Work to save money for college.
- Prepare a resume to help you complete your college admissions applications.
- Meet with your guidance counselor to review your college plans. Ask your counselor about guidelines your guidance office has for applying to colleges.
- Create a schedule of college admission, scholarship and financial aid deadlines.
- Begin writing your college essay.
- Take the SAT, SAT II or ACT if you haven't already.
- Ask for letters of recommendation from your teachers, employers or coaches.
- Search and apply for outside scholarships.
- Decide if you are going to apply early decision or early action at any schools.
- Have someone proofread your college essay.
- Submit early decision/early action applications with upcoming deadlines.
- Work on your college applications.
- Obtain financial aid information from each of your prospective colleges.
- Complete and submit college essays and applications. Make a copy of everything you send.
- Request that your ACT, SAT and SAT II scores to be submitted to your colleges of interest.
- Confirm with guidance that your transcript will be sent to your colleges of choice.
- Attend a financial aid workshop sponsored by your high school.
- Prepare and file your taxes as soon as possible. Information found on your tax forms is used to calculate your financial need.
- Register for a Federal Student Aid Personal Identification Number (PIN). You will need this to complete the FAFSA.
- Apply early for financial aid. Complete all financial aid forms (FAFSA, CSS Profile, etc – check with your school on their requirements).
- Ask your high school to send a copy of your first semester transcript to the colleges you have applied to.
- Follow up with colleges to make sure they received all necessary application materials from you and your high school.
- Look into Advanced Placement (AP) exams, if applicable.
- Apply for more scholarship opportunities.
- Your financial aid award letters and college admission acceptance letters should start arriving soon! Determine which package best meets your financial and personal needs.
- Make enrollment decisions at the schools to which you were accepted.
- Look into low cost financing options that can help cover college costs.
- Take Advanced Placement tests, if applicable.
- Follow up on pending scholarship applications.
- Ask your high school to send a final transcript to the college you will attend.
- Find out when your tuition payments are due.
- Work to help save for college.
- If you need to borrow to pay for school, make sure you understand your education financing options.
- Start planning for college orientation!