Planning Guide

Detailed Yearly Senior Calendar


  • Review your career plans and decide which type of post-secondary school is best for you.
  • Save money from your summer job for college.
  • List your top college choices.
  • Sign up for the Fall SAT or ACT.
  • Request admissions information and school catalogs.
  • Start to fill out your Common App profile with your basic information.


  • Firm up your college selections and familiarize yourself and admission deadlines.
  • Parents should attend the Senior Parent Night for more information about the college process.
  • Request admissions information and school catalogs.
  • Go on college visits.
  • Collect letters of recommendation from your teachers to include with your college applications.
  • Start brainstorming about ideas for your college essays.
  • Continue to take challenging courses during your senior year.
  • Stay focused on maintaining or increasing your GPA.


  • Mark your calendar with registration, admissions, and financial aid deadlines and fees.
  • Attend the CACRAO (Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) College Fair at Warren County High School. All Warren County Seniors will be involved in the College Fair.
  • Determine if the schools that interest you have online admission applications.
  • Begin writing drafts of your college essays.
  • Start completing early admission college applications.
  • Meet with college/university representatives who visit your high school. Look at virtual tours college campuses online (
  • If you haven't already taken the SAT and/or ACT, register for the test(s).
  • Attend college planning and/or financial aid information nights and college fairs.
  • Ask employers, teachers, and guidance counselors for letters of recommendation to accompany your admissions applications.
  • Complete applications for every scholarship for which you may be eligible; some have deadlines as early as October.
  • Meet with your guidance counselor to develop a college admission and financial aid application plan.
  • Sign up for an FSA ID, to complete your FAFSA online.(Also let your parents know that they will need an FSA ID.)


  • Take the SAT and/or ACT.
  • Continue working on your admissions essays.
  • If you haven't already done so, attend college planning and/or financial aid information nights and college fairs.
  • File your Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1. You can complete your FAFSA online at or fill out a printed form and mail it in.
  • Visit your top school choices. If possible, make appointments with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Contact the schools' financial aid offices to determine which forms they require for institutional financial aid. Some schools may require special forms.


  • Be mindful of deadlines. Always submit information admission applications by their deadlines.
  • Complete admission applications Monday-Friday of College Application Week.
  • If necessary, register to retake the SAT and/or ACT.
  • Request financial aid forms and applications. Double check the deadlines for submission.
  • Follow up to ensure your employers, teachers, and guidance counselors send letters of recommendation.
  • Stay focused on maintaining and increasing your GPA.


  • Research and apply for local and outside funding or scholarships. Always check with your guidance counselor.
  • Finalize admission applications.
  • Continue to research and apply for other financial aid, including grants and scholarships.
  • Watch for early admissions notices (they tend to arrive in December or January).


  • Watch for the e-mail notice indicating your Student Aid Report (SAR) is ready.
  • Review your SAR for errors and make any corrections as indicated.
  • Rank your top school choices.


  • Ask your counselor to complete any necessary Mid-Year School Reports. They are typically due in February.


  • Check with the financial aid offices to ensure your paperwork is complete. Submit tax forms if they request them.
  • Narrow your school choices and make campus visits.
  • Be on the lookout for acceptance letters.
  • Start looking for summer jobs.


  • Make your final school decision and mail deposits, as required.
  • Check with the school you've chosen about returning financial aid award letters.
  • Apply for educational loans, if needed.
  • Notify your high school guidance office of your college selection and any scholarships received.


  • Plan for registration, orientation, and housing sessions that you must attend at the school in which you will enroll, and make plans accordingly.
  • Finalize your summer job plans, and make a plan for saving a portion of your summer earnings.
  • Prepare a realistic student budget.
  • Follow up with your high school to ensure the counselor forwards your final school transcripts to the college.


  • Plan for college transportation.
  • Follow up with the financial aid office to ensure all paperwork is complete.


  • Save money from your summer job.
  • Make copies of your financial aid forms, health forms, etc for your files to aid in resolving future issues.
  • Register for the Fall semester.