HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR TIMELINE

 

JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

Attend the ATLAAS “I Want to Go to College” Workshop.

Check with your counselor to make sure you are enrolled in enough credits to graduate.

Check your school and newspapers/websites for announcements of college fairs and representative visits;

If you have not started your college search, meet with your counselor and start now!

Some college fairs do admissions on the spot so always bring your transcripts and essays with you.

If you are considering Early Action/Early Decision, please discuss with your parents and college counselor.

Make sure you have requested your transcripts (always request 2 extra just in case).

Register in time to take the October, November and December SAT Reasoning and Subject tests o Consider using the COMMON APPLICATION- You can apply to 300 colleges and universities with one application

CHECK DEADLINES: Register for the SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests. Be sure to check the specific number and kind of SAT Subject tests required by each of the colleges to which you are applying.

CHECK DEADLINES: Register for the ACT Test (check deadline for registration).

Create or Update your resume— a list of your accomplishments, activities and work experiences. Your resume can help you complete your applications and essays. See attached sample resume.

Register early for fall test dates for the SAT® and SAT Subject Tests

Request college applications and financial aid information. Organize everything into separate files by college. Use My College List to keep track of deadlines and materials.

Keep a college calendar of all admission and financial aid deadlines.

Continue to research scholarships online; one good place to start is our Scholarship Search. Find out if employers offer scholarships or tuition reimbursement. Check with all the organizations and associations to which your family belongs.

Learn more about how financial aid eligibility is determined; a good source of information is Meeting College Costs, available from the College Board store. CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® filers can order this publication at a discount directly from the PROFILE site.

 

OCTOBER

Early Decision or Early Action candidates only: Give "Secondary Reports", "Mid-Year Reports" and "Teacher Recommendation forms" to the appropriate staff to complete. 

All recommendation forms should be turned in with an addressed, stamped envelope and a resume FOUR WEEKS before the deadline, included with "Request for Letter of Recommendation" and "Student Information for Teacher Writing College Recommendation"

Begin filling out college applications

Request applications from colleges. (However, some are online only.)

Apply for admission to the colleges in which you are most interested.

Obtain financial aid information from those schools.

Complete essays, if needed, and keep a copy for yourself.

Deadlines: Register for the November SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests (check deadline for registration). Be sure to check the specific number and kind of SAT Subject tests required by each of the colleges to which you are applying.

DEADLINES: Register for the December SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests (check deadline for registration). Be sure to check the specific number and kind of SAT Subject tests required by each of the colleges to which you are applying.

DEADLINES: Register for the December ACT Test (check deadline for registration is).

Take the October SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject.

Take the October ACT Test.

NOVEMBER

Submit University of California applications this month, applications must be filed between November 1 & 30- but no later than November 30. You may begin working on your online application on October 1.

              http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/undergrad adm/apply

Have a parent or college counselor check the University of California application before you submit it.

Submit applications to CSU campuses this month. Those who apply after November 30 may not get into impacted schools.

Tell the College Counselor which state universities you are applying to so she can mail a transcript to each campus. (California state universities require transcripts. UC schools DO NOT)

If you are applying under EARLY ACTION OR EARLY DECISION program most applications are submitted the 1st week of this month.

Take the November SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject Tests.

Pick up Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form from the College Counseling Office if you are applying for financial aid. Please do not submit until January 1.

DEADLINES: Register for the December ACT Test (Check registration deadline).

DEADLINES: Register for the December SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject Test (check registration deadline).

Keep up all grades maintain 3.0 or above in all your classes!

DECEMBER

Check college catalogs for deadlines and attend the evening information session on Financial Aid (further details will be available at a later date).

Continue applying for admission to the colleges that interest you.

 Remember, the school is closed over the holidays, so get applications done early to meet January deadlines.

Pick up FAFSA information in the counseling office.

Go online to www.fafsa.edu.gov to set up your passwords and get a pin # for the FAFSA form.

Check to make sure your applications and recommendations have been completed and mailed for

Take the December SAT Reasoning or Subject tests- this is the final opportunity to take the SAT for most university applications, including the UC and CSU

Take the December ACT Test- this is the final opportunity to take the ACT for most university applications, including the UC and CSU.

Attend the AATLAAS evening information session on Financial Aid

Continue to be aware of various application deadlines. Try to keep ahead of schedule-having things finished early will help you relax.

Complete all college essays and send all scores to colleges if you haven't already done this.

Expect Early Decisions/Early Action decisions.

 

JANUARY

All applications should be completed, especially those with rolling deadlines.

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION MONTH!! Pick up FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid

Complete your Cal Grant Verification form.

Assemble family w-2’s and initiate completion of tax returns used to complete FAFSA.

File the FAFSA-federal financial aid form- as soon as possible after January 1.

Sign up for seven semester transcript, if needed. Not all schools require them, so check with your schools.

Check with counselor to make sure you have met all graduation requirements.

Continue to research and complete scholarship opportunities.

Profile in the College Center. Be aware of priority filing dates at the colleges to which you are applying.

FEBRUARY/MARCH

Don’t get senioritis, colleges want to see strong second semester grades!

Do the best possible work you can in all of your classes. An improved GPA can be a great help when it comes to getting off wait lists in May or June

Check to make sure all necessary materials have been sent to your chosen colleges.

Promptly respond to requests for information from college admission and financial aid offices. 

Continue to research scholarship opportunities.

Be sure you have applied for housing at the public college of your choice.

Get your financial aid forms in well before the deadline. FAFSA and GPA Verification forms due by March 2, or earlier.

Return verification or corrected information on FAFSA forms, if requested, ASAP.

Notification of acceptance by UC campuses will arrive between March1-31.

Visit colleges during the Spring Break

Keep your parents and the College Counselor advised of all your applications, intentions, etc- plus any changes of plan.

If you applied for financial aid, your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) should arrive during this time.

Expect some decisions from colleges with a rolling admission plan.

The UC requires housing applications at this time, regardless of whether you have decided to attend the school. Read your catalog carefully.

APRIL

Review your acceptances and financial aid offers with your Parents and college counselor.

Write a thank you note to those teachers who wrote recommendations for you (if you haven't done so already).

Wait to hear from all the colleges before you make your final decision.

Review financial aid packages, talk with financial aid officers.

Respond promptly in writing for action on admissions, scholarships, and financial aid opportunities

Visit the college of your choice before the final decision is made.

Keep up in your classes, especially if you're taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Good AP scores can save you time and money

MAY

May 1- Candidate Reply Deadline – This is the deadline most colleges give you to accept or decline your acceptance and your deposit check must be received by this date at the college of your choice. Extensions are sometimes granted when necessary. If you are trying to get off a wait list, you still have to send a deposit to your next choice college to assure a space.

AP tests given.

Notify all other colleges in writing that you are not accepting their offer of admission so wait list candidates can be considered.

Return all books, equipment, etc. to your high school and pay fines. Failure to do this will result in a hold card being put on your transcript and diploma.

Turn in final transcript request form to counselor’s office to be sent to the college you will be attending.

JUNE

Let the College Counselor know where to send your final transcript -- you won't be allowed to register in the fall unless the college has your final high school transcript on file.

GRADUATION