FOR SENIORS

COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE
COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE
FOR SENIORS

Your senior year is here! This year you will finalize your college choice, complete admission applications, scholarship essays, financial aid information and keep track of important deadlines. During your senior year, continue to build your resume by keeping your grades up, stay involved with extracurricular activities, athletics, and volunteering. Colleges will be checking in and requesting final grades and like to see that you are a well-rounded student.

Your senior year of college planning will be filled with a lot of details and paperwork. It is very important that you keep your parents involved of your milestones and deadlines.

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HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
IT'S TIME TO GET SERIOUS 

Take a look at this quick video which provides you with the highlights of college planning timeline for your senior year.  Whether you have a jumpstart from your junior year or are just getting started, this information will help you stay on track.

 

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FALL | SENIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

You are off to a great start building up your academic skills, joining extracurricular actives and maybe trying out a new sport. Now it's time to get serious about planning and preparing for college.

SEPTEMBER

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RECOMMENDATION LETTERS

If you have not yet asked your teachers, mentors, or employers for a recommendation letter last year - Now is the time

STAY ORGANIZED

Use a calendar to keep track of admissions and financial aid deadlines.

COLLEGE ESSAY

Begin drafting your college essays. You may have more than one so give yourself time to get them done before required deadlines.

COMMUNICATE

Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your timeline and plan.

Keep your parents in the loop! They should know all the important deadlines!

EARLY ADMISSIONS

Start preparing college applications for early admissions.

OCTOBER

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FINANCIAL AID

Keep your parents in the loop! They should know all the important deadlines!

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SAT REGISTRATIONS

Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your timeline and plan.

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

Send early decision and early action applications by the deadline. Begin to send in regular admission applications. Keep copies of everything!

COLLEGE ESSAYS

Set aside plenty of time to draft, edit, and re-write your college essay.

NOVEMBER

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Start checking with the guidance office regularly for new scholarship opportunities.

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COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

Continue submitting applications.  Make sure your test scores will be sent to colleges you are applying to.

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

Consider attending a financial aid night, usually sponsored by your high school.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES

If you are applying to URI and wish to be considered for the Merit Scholarship, your admissions application must be received by Dec. 1.

If you are applying to RIC and wish to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, your admissions application must be received by Dec. 15.

WINTER | SENIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

DECEMBER

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TEST SCORES

Make to sure to send and confirm receipt of your test scores to desire colleges if applying regular decision.

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

Your college applications should be submitted prior to winter vacation.

EARLY DECISION

If you applied to early decision, you should have an answer by now. If you have not heard, call the admission office.

JANUARY

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HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS

Ask your high school to send transcripts of your first semester grades to your college selections.

FEBRUARY

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COLLEGE CHOICES

If you have not decided on a favorite school, arrange a second visit to those you are most interested in. Talk to students and faculty and sit in on a class.

SPRING | SENIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

MARCH

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COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

Monitor your applications to make sure that all materials are sent and received on time.

RISCHOLARSHIP.ORG

Create an account at rischolarship.org to search for outside scholarships and grants.

APRIL

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FINANCIAL AID AWARD LETTERS

Review your financial aid award letter with your parents. Be sure to understand the terms and conditions that apply to each type of aid offered. Contact COLLEGEPLANNINGCENTER.ORG for help.

PICK A COLLEGE

Decide on the college you will attend and send your tuition deposit. Inform other colleges that accepted you of your enrollment decision. Other students will want your spot! Be sure to respond by May 1.

COLLEGE ADMISSION WAITLIST

If your first choice college places you on the waiting list, do not lose all hope. Contact the college admission office to let them know you are still very interested and keep the college updated on your activities.

COLLEGE HOUSING & MEAL PLAN

If you want to live on campus, complete a housing/meal application and send it along with any necessary deposits.

MAY

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COLLEGE EXPENSES

Work with your parents to establish a budget for tuition, books, supplies, and living expenses.

SUMMER | SENIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

JUNE

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COLLEGE FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS

Carefully read anything received from your college, especially a request for additional information and documents.

FINATRANSCRIPT

Request a copy of your final transcript to the college you will attend. Notify the college financial aid office of any private scholarships that you will be receiving. Find out when payment for tuition, room, board, etc. will be due and start thinking of ways to cover the final coast.

SUMMER JOB & VOLUNTEERING

Apply for a summer job or consider volunteering at a community service agency. Plan to save a portion of your earnings for college.

JULY

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BALANCE DUE

Expect to receive your bill from the college in the early part of this month. If you have a balance due, make arrangements to make payment by the due date.

AUGUST

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INTRODUCE YOURSELF

Contact your roommate to introduce yourselves, and plan who is bringing what. Prevent duplication and spending extra money by deciding major room items like: TV, refrigerator, area rug, etc.

YOU MADE IT!

Start looking forward to a great college experience

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