Four-Year College Planning Calendar for Seniors
Pulling Your Applications Together
§ Narrow your list of colleges to between 5 and 10 and review it with your counselor. Get an application and financial aid info from each. Visit as many as possible.
§ Make a master calendar and note:
§ Test dates, fees, and deadlines
§ College application due dates (The CSU application period is Oct 1–Nov 30 The UC application period is Nov 1–Nov 30)
§ Required financial aid applications and their deadlines
§ Recommendations, transcripts, and other necessary materials
§ Ask for recommendations. Give each person your resume or letter of recommendation form (available at the PHS counseling desk), a stamped, addressed envelope, and any required forms.
§ Write application essays and ask teachers, parents, and friends to read first drafts.
Applying Early Action or Early Decision?
Get Financial Aid Info
§ Attend Placer High Financial Aid Night on Monday, Dec. 1 at 6:00 in the PHS Auditorium.
§ Use Scholarship Search at collegeboard.com, review scholarship books, and ask check the Placer High Scholarship bulletin which is on the counseling page of the website.
§ Many of the private college applications are due between January 1 and February 15. Keep copies of everything you send to colleges.
§ Be aware that some colleges request a “seventh semester transcript” which would include your grades for the fall term.
Financial Aid: Apply Early. Apply Right.
§ You and your family should save this year's pay stubs to estimate income on aid forms that you'll file early next year.
§ Submit your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible. Men 18 or older must register for the selective service to receive federal financial aid. This can be done as part of the FAFSA.
§ Many priority financial aid deadlines fall in February. To get the most attractive award package, apply by the priority date. Keep copies of everything you send.
When the Letters Start Rolling In
§ You should get acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April.
§ Use Compare Your Aid Awards to compare awards from different colleges. Questions? Talk to financial aid officers. Not enough aid? Ask if other financing plans are available.
May 1: Making Your Final Choice
§ You must tell every college of your acceptance or rejection of offers of admission or financial aid by May 1. Send a deposit to the college you choose.
§ Be sure to pay attention to due dates for student housing deposits
§ Before graduation make arrangements to have your final high school transcript sent to your college. You are not “officially accepted” until your final transcript is reviewed by your college.