Thursday, October 4, 2012
10 To-Dos for High School Seniors this Fall
1) Meet with your guidance counselor to plan courses, schedule tests, and discuss college choices. Parents should be involved.
2) Plan remaining college visits. Make appointments for any remaining interviews. If possible, schedule an overnight visit to stay in a dorm and attend a few classes.
3) Decide which colleges are most interesting to you. Make a side-by-side list of features, then decide which are most important. Narrow the list. Include at least one school you feel confident will admit you, and at least one school that would be affordable even if financial aid were low.
4) Prepare a college file for admissions materials, and another for financial aid materials.
5) Call or send for applications and forms right away. This can often be done online.
6) Make a list of deadlines for admissions and financial aid applications, and examine requirements.
7) Find out what recommendations you need. Ask teachers, employers, guidance counselors, etc. Whether they are willing to write them for you, and provide them with forms, envelopes, and a brief description of your academic record and activities, if necessary. Be sure to thank them.
8) Register for and take the fall SAT I and/or SAT II tests, whether taking them for the first time or repeating them to try to improve your score:
9) Obtain the FAFSA (Federal aid form) or prepare to file the FAFSA online. If you are also required to submit the PROFILE aid form, prepare to file online. Get copies of any other necessary aid forms. Start to compile financial information early, so that you can be among the first to file aid forms. The FAFSA can be filed after the first of January.
10) Attend college fairs and financial aid information programs. Meet with college representatives who visit your school. Ask questions.
...and of course, apply for admission to your college choices!
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