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College Planning for Seniors

posted Oct 7, 2008, 12:42 PM by Josh Paschal

 


September               
 
Narrow your choices to the top three or four colleges in which you are most interested. Obtain applications from student services from the school to which you are applying, or apply online through the college web site
 
If you haven't been using a personal calendar, this is the year to start
 
Find about all deadlines and put them on your calendar.       
 
Register for the October or November SAT I or ACT, if planning to apply to a four-year college. Check 
your transcript to be sure that all information is correct and you are meeting minimum admission requirements and graduation requirements. Students applying to community colleges are not 
required to take the SAT or ACT. Community colleges administer their own placement tests on their campus after the student submits an application
 
Complete the Principal, Teacher, Counselor Recommendation form and return it to your counselor as soon as possible. This is a great help to them when you need a recommendation written
 
Some of the limited enrollment programs at the community colleges, especially health careers, have very early application deadlines.  Check on any programs of interest
 
Talk with your parents about your college plans and your family's financial situation
 
Begin working on your college essay, if required. Consult counselors and English teachers for proofreading. Visit www.fastweb.com for helpful writing tips
 
Go online to https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/ register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if planning to participate in Division I or II athletics.
 
October/November
 
There are teacher workdays in October, which would be an excellent time to visit college campuses.
 
Check the Senior Scoop Newsletter. The newsletter will contain valuable information on deadlines for 
scholarships, as well as, deadlines for college applications. Also check www.Scholarshipplus.com

Apply for admission to the colleges in which you are most interested. Early October is typically the time for early decision/early action. Be sure that you understand the difference and which one is best for you. Obtain financial aid and scholarship information from those colleges
 
Determine if the schools to which you are applying require the PROFILE form for financial aid. Forms 
are available in the Student Services office, at www.collegeboard.com or the toll-free telephone number is 800-778-6888. On-line fee is $2.00 less. The PROFILE forms are required for all applicants to: NC 
A&T, NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Duke, Davidson College, Elon University, and Jagannathan Scholarship. The profile is used to determine eligibility for non-federal aid, including 
institutional money.
 
Check to see if you need to take any SAT II tests.  UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State and some private colleges require the Math Level II C. SAT II is not used in determining admission, but is used to determine placement after a student has been accepted
 
It is a good idea to attach an activity resume to any application that does not provide space on the 
application, if you feel it may help your chances of admission. For each extracurricular activity, list three or four bulleted items showing what you've contributed and what you've gained from the 
experience.
 
December/January
 
Obtain the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the guidance office, www.fafsa.ed.gov or www.cfnc.org if you are applying for financial aid. Tax information is needed to complete the FAFSA form, but it is not necessary to file tax returns before mailing the FAFSA. It is okay to use fairly accurate estimates of your taxes rather than delay too long. Although FAFSA 
cannot be mailed until after January 1, try to have it mailed by mid-February, before the funds are depleted. Check the deadline for your specific college.
       
February/May
 
If requested by colleges, send first semester grades. Remember, second semester grades are important.  Your college acceptance is conditional on a satisfactory final transcript.  Make a final decision on the college you plan to attend and send your acceptance.  Notify the remaining schools of your plans to attend elsewhere.
       
Families who have not yet filed their FAFSA may receive free assistance in filing electronically on FAFSA Day. The date and location of the FAFSA day will be announced at a later date.
Don't forget to continue checking the scholarship list. 
       
Write thank-you notes for scholarships received.
       
On the senior survey, indicate where we should send your final transcript.
 

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