Study, study, study. Colleges look at your
permanent academic record for admissions beginning with freshman-year
Colleges care about which courses you're taking in high school.
Remember, you will have more options if you start planning now for college
and do your best to earn good grades.
The courses you take in high school show colleges what kind of
goals you set for yourself. Are you signing up for advanced classes,
honors sections, or accelerated sequences? Are you choosing electives that
really stretch your mind and help you develop new abilities? Or are you
doing just enough to get by?
Colleges will be more impressed by respectable grades in
challenging courses than by outstanding grades in easy ones.
Do your high school course selections match what most colleges
expect you to know? For example, many colleges require two to four years
of foreign language study.
During the summer, create your student resume. Make a list of
school and community activities in which you are involved, including both
paid and volunteer work, and descriptions of what you do. List all awards
and honors you received.
Make a folder that
includes copies of report cards and contains a list of awards and honors.
10th grade Calendar
Start a calendar with important dates
Search on the College Board website to find colleges with the right
Attend the College Financial Aid
Night at Cheshire
Find out about schools you are
interested in attending. Treat your school selection process like a
research paper: Make a file and gather information about schools,
financial aid, and campus life to put in it. Go to college fairs and
open houses and learn as much as you can from the Internet about schools.
Begin planning college visits. Fall,
winter, and spring break are good times because you can observe a campus
when classes are going on.
Sign up for ACT or SAT prep courses.
You can take either the SAT® or up to
three SAT Subject Tests™ on one test day. Plan your testing schedule
carefully if you want to take both, and register for two separate test
dates. Test dates can be found on the College Board website.
Use the access code on your PSAT
score report to sign in to My College QuickStart. With this personalized
planning kit, you can prepare for the SAT using a study plan based on
your PSAT results and explore lists of suggested colleges, majors and
Start visiting local colleges: large,
small, public and private. Get a feel for what works for you. Develop an
initial list of 15-20 colleges that interest you. You can narrow it down
Gather information from colleges.
Request brochures and catalogs and attend college fairs.
Review your senior year class
schedule with your counselor. Challenge yourself with honors and AP
Recommendations, transcripts and
other necessary materials
Your high school's deadlines for
application requests, such as your transcript
Ask for recommendations.
School Counseling Department for the appropriate paperwork. Remember to
follow-up with a “thank you” card.
essays and ask teachers, family members and friends to read
Attend the Financial Aid night at Cheshire High School.
Visit with your school counselor to
make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission
Attend the College Fairs at Cheshire High School.
Begin your college essay(s).
Apply for admission at the colleges
Find out if you qualify for
scholarships at each college where you have applied.
Most regular applications are due
between January 1 and February 15.
You and your family should save this
year's pay stubs to estimate income on aid forms that you'll file early
Submit your FAFSA
as soon after January 1 as possible. Men who are 18 years of age or
older must register with Selective Service to receive federal financial
Many priority financial aid deadlines
fall in February. To get the most attractive award package, apply by the
priority date. Keep copies of everything. If you need it, get help
completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Continue to look for scholarship
Watch the mail for your Student Aid
Report (SAR)—it should arrive four weeks after the FAFSA is filed.
You should get acceptance letters and
financial aid offers by mid-April.
Talk to financial aid officers at
your college if you have questions about the award offered.
Decide which college to attend, and
notify the school of your decision.
You must tell every college of your
acceptance or rejection of offers of admission or financial aid byMay 1. Send a deposit to the college
Notify your college about any outside
scholarships you received.
Getting a summer job can help pay
some of your college expenses.
Make a list of what you will need to
take with you for your dorm room.
If you haven't met your roommate,
call, write, or e-mail to get acquainted in advance.
Make sure housing documentation is
quickly accessible when you move into the dorm.
Learn how to get around at your new
school. Review a campus map.
Wait until after your first class
meeting to buy your books and supplies.