Senior College

College Checklist


q    Request college applications.

q  Arrange campus visits.

q  Register to take the ACT or SAT if necessary for you.

q  Attend college fairs and college open houses.

q  Meet with college representatives coming to our school.

q  Stay organized. File copies of applications and correspondence. Keep your calendar up-to-date with important dates and deadlines!

q  Discuss your course load, graduation requirements, verify your transcripts are correct, and discuss college plans with your counselor.



q  Verify that your transcripts are correct.

q  Find out what financial aide applications are required at your college(s) of choice.

q  Ask for letters of recommendation is needed for admission or scholarships.

q  Work on admissions essay if required.

q  Attend college fairs.

q  Meet with college representatives coming to our school.

q  “Early admission” candidates should complete college applications.



q  Continue completing college applications if you haven’t already.

q  “Early admission” deadline is usually around November 1st.



q  Complete all college applications ideally by December 1.

q  Collect family income tax information.

q  Make sure you have taken ACT or SAT already or very soon.

q  Attend our college financial aid night.

q  Stay organized!



q  Submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.) The FAFSA’s are not accepted until after January 1st. (Note: Some student aid programs award funds on a first-come first- basis until all funds are depleted. Keep this in mind. Ideally shoot for having your FAFSA complete and turned in by the beginning of February.)

q  Fill out any other financial aid forms required by your college. Follow the instructions carefully.

q  Make copies of everything!serve


February & March

q  Replies from colleges start to come in.

q  Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR).  (Note: Carefully examine the results when you get them. Be sure there are no mistakes.)

q  Don’t panic if you’re selected for financial verification; just provide the college with what they need.

q  Stay on top of all financial deadlines.

q  Respond quickly to college requests for additional documentation.

q  Financial award letter may start arriving.

q  Register for Advanced Placement tests, if it applies to you. (at the end of March)



q  Carefully analyze your college letters.

q  Make a decision, most colleges request your reply by May 1st and may want a tuition deposit.

q  Notify the other colleges that you won’t be attending.

q  Mark your calendar for important deadlines from the university (housing, financial aid, meals etc.)


q  Send final transcripts (request to Mrs. Smith)

q  Respond quickly to any other college requests.

q  Return any final financial aid forms- When in doubt contact their financial aid office.



q  Finalize any paperwork from the college.

q  You can still fill out student loan papers if you don’t have enough for college. (Note: Just remember to borrow only what you need for your education. Every dollar you don’t borrow is a dollar you don’t repay.)

q  Attend college orientation

q  Maybe send thank-you notes to special teachers you have had over the years.


Good Luck!