What You Should Be Doing NOW as a Senior
- Narrow your list of colleges to 5-10. Meet with your counselor or college and career counselor about these colleges and download college applications and financial aid forms.
- Create a calendar that includes:
- Tests you’ll take and their fees, dates, and registration deadlines.
- College application due dates.
- Financial aid application forms required and their deadlines. (Note: Aid applications may be due before college applications.)
- Other materials you’ll need (recommendations, transcripts, etc).
- If you can’t afford application or test fees, you can request a fee waiver.
- Have your official scores sent to your colleges of choice.
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA), beginning October 1st.
- Ask your counselor or teachers for recommendations if you need them. Give your counselor or teacher an outline of your academic record and your extracurricular activities. Please allow at least two weeks for a letter of recommendation to be written. For each recommendation, provide a stamped, addressed envelope, and any college forms required.
- If you’re submitting essays, write first drafts and ask teachers and others to read them.
- Check your college calendar and make sure you are aware of any Early Decision deadlines that may occur during this time period.
- Complete your college applications by November 1st.
- If you need to send an official transcript to your colleges of choice, please submit the transcript request form to Mr. Benjamin in the registrar's office.
- As you finish and send your applications and essays, be sure to keep copies and document the dates these items were sent.
- Mid-year transcripts or mid-year reports may be required for your college. Please give the form to the appropriate individuals.
- You and at least one parent need to apply for a PIN for financial aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Check your calendar for scholarship and financial aid deadlines.
- If you apply to colleges online, be sure to have your high school send a transcript—it goes to colleges separately by mail.
- Begin the financial aid process. Tax information must be complete in order to apply for FAFSA.
- Attend a financial aid workshop Waltrip will be hosting. Check back for details.
- Keep active in school and your activities. If you are wait-listed, the college will want to know what you have accomplished between the time you applied and learned of its decision.
- Keep searching for scholarships
- You should receive acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April. As soon as you make your final decisions about college, career or military, notify Ms. Silva.
- If you receive a scholarship, award or any recognition, please inform Ms. Silva.
- If you have questions about housing or financial aid offers, talk to your counselor or call the college.
- This is a busy month for seniors! So many events, so little time! Enjoy special times with your family and friends!
- Please inform every college of your acceptance or rejection of the offer of admission and/or financial aid.
- Send your housing deposit to one college only.
- Wait-listed by a college? If you will enroll if accepted, tell the admissions director your intent and ask how to strengthen your application. Need financial aid? Ask whether funds will be available once you’re accepted. Summer programs of admission may be offered.
- Work with your counselor or college and career counselor to resolve any admissions or financial aid problems.
- Ask your high school to send a final transcript to your college.
- All fee and obligations must be cleared before a final transcript can be sent to your college choice, prospective employer, or military recruiter.