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4. Senior Resources

Welcome to your Senior year! Come visit the Mountain Pointe Guidance Center for a variety of Services!

Senior College Pointes


  • Attend the MTP Senior English Class Guidance Presentation
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    • MTP Guidance Counselors will meet with all of the Senior English classes in the PE Lecture Hall. College informational handouts will be available. Any Senior without an English class should pick up the handout in Guidance and make an appointment with their assigned counselor.
  • Attend the Senior Parent College Information Open House
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    • PE Lecture Hall 5:00-6:00 p.m. Before the MTP Open House—Come get the same college info your students get!
  • Attend any and all local and regional college workshops and fairs
      Greater Phoenix College Fair
      Sunday, September 27, 2009
      12:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
      Phoenix Civic Plaza
      South Hall F
      111 N Third Street
      Phoenix, AZ 85004
      Visit for more info!
      This night is an excellent opportunity for Seniors and their Parents to get information from the In-State University and Community College Representatives. Pick-up the necessary applications, learn about important admissions dates, financial aid and/or scholarship deadlines, tour information, etc. You will be glad you attended this event with your student!
    • Our local community colleges and universities plus many out of state colleges visit our Mountain Pointe campus during the school day throughout the year. The college representatives welcome interested students and parents to take advantage of these MPHS campus visits. The visits are announced each day and visitation dates are posted in the Guidance Center and in Senior English classrooms. Below are a few of the tentative college and university visitation dates that have been schedule thus far—watch the list grow in August—More to be announced!

  • 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
      • Required financial aid applications and their deadlines
      • Recommendations, transcripts, and other necessary materials
      • Your high school's deadlines for application requests, such as your transcript
    • Ask for recommendations. Give each person your resume, a stamped, addressed envelope, and any required forms.
    • Write application essays and ask teachers, parents, and friends to read first drafts.
    • Recommendation Letters
      • The Mountain Pointe Counselors are happy to write a recommendation for college, scholarship, or job purposes. The students should pick up the Counselor Recommendation Packet in the MTP Guidance Center. After completing the packet, the student should make an appointment with the counselor to give the counselor the packet and specific details, deadlines, etc. For each recommendation letter, the student must provide an addressed, stamped envelope. Please allow 2 weeks for the writing of the letter. All requests for University Applications/Recommendations MUST be turned into the Guidance Counselor by NOVEMBER 1 to meet December-January deadlines.
  • Applying Early Action or Early Decision?
    • November 1: For early admissions, colleges may require test scores and applications in early November. Send your SAT® scores at
    • Ask if your college offers an early estimate of financial aid eligibility
  • Get Financial Aid Info
    • Attend financial aid info events in your area.
    • Talk to your counselor about CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® and learn about it with Completing the PROFILE.
    • Search for Scholarships, review scholarship books, and ask your counselor about local and state funding sources.


  • Application Details
    • Most regular applications are due between January 1 and February 15. Keep copies of everything you send to colleges.
    • Have your high school send your transcript to colleges.
    • Contact colleges to make sure they've received all application materials.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • If you haven't already, visit your final college before accepting.
  • 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.
    • Wait-listed? If you will enroll if accepted, tell the admissions director your intent and ask how to strengthen your application. Need financial aid? Ask if funds will be available if you're accepted.


  • Next Steps
    • Ask your high school to send a final transcript to your college.
    • Start preparing for the year ahead.

Mountain Pointe Students are helped by some of the best counselors around! The time is NOW to talk to your counselor about plans for the next stage of your life. You will find that your counselor can help you with college or career information.

Senior Presentation

Helpful Links

Seniors! If you need to use a computer during the school day, come to the MTP Guidance Center! We have computers for your use before school, during Academic Lab, or after school.

Steven Adams,
Oct 15, 2011, 12:58 AM
Steven Adams,
Oct 15, 2011, 12:58 AM
Steven Adams,
Oct 15, 2011, 12:58 AM
Steven Adams,
Oct 15, 2011, 12:58 AM
Steven Adams,
Oct 15, 2011, 12:58 AM