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Countdown To College

Countdown to College

Follow these guidelines during your junior and senior year to make sure you are completing 
your track to college.  
This information was supplied by Wells Fargo.
 

 

 Senior Year

September

  • Meet with college admissions representatives visiting your school.
  • Make a calendar of key application and financial aid deadlines.
  • Ask teachers, guidance counselors, and other adults who know you for letters of recommendation for scholarship and admission applications.

October

  • Take the SAT or ACT if necessary.
  • Work on admissions application essays.
  • Revisit you top school choices.  Talk face to face with current students and faculty members at those schools.
  • Continue to seek and apply for scholarship awards from a variety of sources.

November

  • Take the SAT or ACT if necessary.
  • Obtain financial aid applications from you colleges of choice.
  • Prepare you college applications.

 

December

  • Gather the data needed for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

January

  • Submit your completed FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible.

 

February

  • Check to see if your mid-year transcripts have been sent to the schools to which you have applied.

 

March

  • Look for your Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail.  Pay particular attention to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and discuss it with your parents and family.

 

April

  • Watch the mail for acceptance letters and financial aid award letters.  Compare the financial aid packages.
  • Choose a school and send in a deposit by the deadline.
  • Contact the financial aid office at your chosen school to make certain your application is complete.

 

 

May

  • Take AP examinations. 
  • Write thank yous to the people who wrote you letters of recommendations.
  • Celebrate your high school graduation!

 


Junior Year

August

  • Review your high school courses and activities.  Colleges look for challenging course work, strong grades, and extracurricular activities.

 

September

  • Browse college catalogs and guidebooks, and surf the web for information.
  • List 10 colleges you would like to attend.
  • Talk to your parents and high school guidance counselor about that list to narrow it down.
  • Register and study for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).
  • Plan to attend area college fairs and parents’ nights.

 

October

  • Take the PSAT
  • Research Advanced Placement (AP) or college courses you might take.

 

November

  • Learn about eligibility requirements for federal and private student loans.
  • Talk as a family about how much you can afford to spend for your education.

 

January

  • Plan for the next round of tests for the SAT and ACT.
  • Attend financial aid nights in your area.

 

February

  • Investigate private scholarships and other aid programs.  Check with your parents’ employers, local membership organizations or programs or programs to your intended course of study.

 

March

  • Make the most of Spring Break with a weekend long college tour.
  • Register for the SAT and ACT.  Take an exam prep course to help you succeed.

 

April

  • Visit the three to six schools on your final list.  Schedule an admissions interview and an overnight stay.  Take time at each school’s financial aid office to collect information.
  • Begin preparing essays for admissions and scholarship applications.

 

May

  • Take the SAT and/or ACT.
  • Mark your calendar with the dates for future tests.

 

June

  • Continue researching organizations that award scholarships to graduating seniors.  You may need to apply for them the summer after junior year.