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SENIOR YEAR CHECKLIST

The following is a checklist for seniors planning to graduate and continue on to higher education.  A copy of this checklist is downloadable in MS Word format through the following link:

Senior Year Checklist

 

August – September

____Plan for college admissions: meet with admissions representatives

____ Secure letters of recommendations

____ Create a resume

____ Work on application essays

____ Attend College Night at the Salem Civic Center in September.  Obtain information and talk with representatives from over 100 colleges & universities.

____ Narrow down your college choices to at least 4 schools

____ Attend Financial Aid Night at WF – Date TBA

____Set up a calendar for the year that includes test dates, application deadlines, scholarship deadlines, interviews, meetings, etc.

 

October

_____ Create your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID - https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid

_____Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 every year you plan to attend college at fafsa.ed.gov

____Find out if you your college requires you to complete additional financial aid applications and make note of any specific deadlines.

____ Sign up to take the SAT test at collegeboard.org

____ Sign up to take the ACT test at actstudent.org

____See Miss Moore in Main guidance if you qualify for a fee waiver

 

November – December 

___ Complete and submit your college applications

___If the college that you are applying to requires your counselor to complete a separate counselor/secondary school report form, you must bring the form to your counselor before you submit your application.

___ Request your transcript be sent to the schools you have applied through parchment website (www.parchment.com)

___ Add the schools you have applied to your SAT and ACT account so they are able to receive your scores. 

 

January – May

___ Be on the lookout for acceptance letters and financial aid award letters

___Compare award letters to determine whether awarded financial aid and family resources cover college costs.

___Apply for additional financing if needed

___Select your college and mail in your tuition deposit by the deadline to secure your admission.

___Register for summer orientation at the school you’ve selected

___ Celebrate your high school graduation with family and friends

___Prepare for college by creating a checklist of things you need and tasks to complete

 

June – July

___ Be on the lookout for your college bills, and make sure costs are covered by financial aid and family resources; double check to make sure you have the money you need to cover college expenses. 

___ Request that your final transcript be sent to the college you will be attending

___ Request that your Virginia Western transcript is sent to the college you will be attending.