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Senior Year Pre-College Checklist

August
  • Male students over 17 years of age must register with selective service to be eligible for federal and state aid
  • Consult with your guidance counselor to make sure you are enrolled in courses needed for college admissions
  • Narrow your college list to about five schools and request catalogs and admission information
  • If you have not already taken them, register for the ACT and/or SAT 
September
  • Meet with Admission Representatives from your target colleges as they visit your school
  • Make a list of test names, dates and fees, registration deadlines, college applications deadlines, and financial aid applications and deadlines
  • Begin asking teachers, guidance counselors and employers for letters of recommendation for your admissions and/or scholarship applications
October
  • Take SAT if necessary
  • Work on application essays
  • Visit your top school choices. Interview some students, faculty, and staff if possible
  • Attend college fairs and financial aid nights
  • If applying for "Early Decision" send in your application now
  • Submit your completed FAFSA online as soon after October 1st.
November
  • Obtain financial aid applications from your guidance office or selected college. Read them carefully to determine what information is required and when applications are due
  • Begin preparing your college applications. Check with the colleges to find out when materials must be postmarked
  • Check on scholarship deadlines
December
  • Research and apply for private scholarships and grants
  • PARENTS: Save your year-end payroll stub if it shows your earnings for the year. You may need it for financial aid eligibility reviews by schools
January
  • KEEP COPIES OF ALL FORMS YOU SUBMIT
  • January is Financial Aid Awareness Month. Look for special programs in your area
  • PARENTS: Get your income tax returns prepared early - schools may request them to prove eligibility for financial aid.
February
  • Check to see if your mid-year transcripts have been sent to the schools to which you have applied
  • Make sure your FAFSA has been submitted
  • Research taking Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Programs (CLEP) exams
March
  • Look for your Student Aid Report (SAR) which contains Federal Pell Grant Program information. Review for accuracy.
  • Submit signed tax forms, if requested, to the financial aid office. Contact each office to find out what else you need to do to establish and maintain your eligibility for financial aid.
  • If you have not received your Student Aid Report four weeks after you submitted your FAFSA, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 319-337-5665.
April
  • Watch your mail for college acceptance letters. Compare the financial aid awards you receive
  • Make your final decision and send in a deposit by the deadline
  • Notify other schools that you will not be attending
  • Watch for important deadlines at your chosen college (housing, financial aid, etc)
May
  • Take AP examinations
  • Finalize summer school or summer job plans
  • Submit Scholarship Acceptance forms by May 1
  • Make sure you have returned your Financial Aid Award Notices
June
  • Have your high school send your final transcript to your chosen college
  • If you find you need additional funds to cover your college costs, consider an ALT source; alternative student loan from Student Loan Funding
  • Complete any remaining financial aid and housing forms
  • Plan for college orientation
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