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12th Grade Fall  Don't Let Up
  • Review courses, graduation requirements, and scholarship opportunities with your counselor.
  • Update your CFNC plan of study.
  • Take first SAT or ACT offered this fall.
  • As soon as possible after October 1, go to to complete and submit the FAFSA.  Check  for a FAFSA Day event near you or call 866.866.CFNC if you need help.
  • Select at least five colleges - a reach school, a safety school, and others in between.
  • Participate in College Application Week if available at your school.
  • Track application and financial aid deadlines for your college choices.
  • Check with college financial aid offices for school-specific scholarship information, deadlines, and forms.
  • Write, edit, proofread, and rewrite your admissions essays early.
  • Complete NC college and university applications online at before the deadlines.
  • If your high school participates, use to send your official transcripts to your NC choices.
  • If you are a student athlete, send transcripts to NCAA Clearinghouse for eligibility certification.
  • Submit any other college applications.
  • Ask teachers, counselors, or references to write recommendation letters to support your applications.
  • Remind parents/guardians to prepare tax information soon after January 1 for your financial aid applications.

12th Grade Spring  Finish Strong
  • Compare admission acceptance letters and financial aid packages.
  • Apply for education loans, if needed.  Limit the amount you borrow; you will have to pay it back.
  • Send in your enrollment deposit to hold your spot at the college you choose.
  • If not accepted by your college of choice, use the College Redirection module at for new options.
  • Make sure your final high school transcript is sent to your college (goes automatically if requested through earlier).
  • Send in college credit course transcripts (community college, middle college), if any.
  • Take exams for any AP or college-level courses completed.
  • If planning to attend a community college, check with your local campus about placement testing requirements.
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