Four-Year College Bound Student Task List
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- Review your career plans and decide what type of school is right for you
- Visit college campuses
- Narrow your college list to 3 to 5 schools
- Check to see if there are separate application processes required for your intended major
- Complete the Senior Brag Sheet. This sheet can be given to any teachers that you may ask for a letter of recommendation.
- Begin to gather materials for applications -- including teacher recommendations (Check out this website for tips about recommendations!)
- Look at financial aid information for colleges you are considering
- Register for any additional ACT or SAT administrations. It is recommended that you take these tests in the early fall. When you register, request that scores be sent to colleges. (ACT click HERE, SAT click HERE.)
- Attend the College Fair at Surry Community College
- Make a list of tests, dates, fees, and registration deadlines for college admissions and financial aid. Make a special note of supplemental information requested (personal statements, essays, test scores, recommendations, etc.)
- Start sending your college applications. Determine application deadlines for first choice colleges and be prepared to meet those deadlines. Early deadlines are often between October 1 and November 1.
- Apply to several schools, including "dream schools" and "safety schools"
- Continue to gather materials such as teacher recommendations
- Schedule any college interviews if required or recommended
- Take the SAT or ACT. Be sure to have the scores from these tests sent to the schools of your choice.
- For colleges that require an essay, develop a rough draft and consult your English teacher if necessary
- Attend special programs such as college fairs and financial aid nights
- Begin filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Complete and submit applications for first choice colleges.
- Check CFNC.org to determine which schools will offer fee waivers during College Application Week.
- Determine if you need to set up an online account at the school you have applied to.
- Take the SAT or ACT if you have not already done so
- Obtain financial aid and scholarship applications from the Student Services Office and read requirements carefully to determine what is required and when it is due
- Attend a college senior day or an open house at a college that you are most interested
- Continue to submit college applications and finish college applications during College Application Week if possible
- Check to see if all materials have arrived at the colleges you have applied for.
- Ask your parents to save their year-end payroll stub for financial aid eligibility reviews by the school
- File your last college applications
- Submit official high school transcripts and test scores
- Check your mailbox -- early decision college admission letters may start arriving!
- Submit your completed FAFSA if you have not already done so
- Don't fall prey to "senioritis!" Colleges will ask for your grades from the second semester, and they can refuse admission if these grades are not acceptable
- Continue applying for scholarships.
- Mail your FAFSA or complete the online application if you have not already done so. Note: Men 18 years and over must register for the Selective Service in order to receive federal financial aid.
- Research taking Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams and write down those dates
- Keep copies of all forms submitted
- Check status of mid-year transcripts
- Look for your Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail
- Submit SAR and tax forms to the college's financial aid office
- If you have not received your Student Aid Report four weeks after sending in your FAFSA, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center
- Be on the lookout for acceptance letters and scholarship award letters
- Consider a follow-up visit to your top colleges and consult their financial aid offices
- Apply for scholarships. Many local scholarships are available now!
- Watch the mail for college acceptance letters and financial aid award letters
- Evaluate your options and make your final college selection
- Send in your deposit to the college of your choice
- Notify the other schools that you will not be attending
- Watch for important deadlines at your chosen college (housing, financial aid, etc.)
- Consider summer job opportunities
- If you have not already done so, make your final decision about which college you plan to attend and notify the school (usually by May 1)
- Review financial aid information; decline offers from schools you are not attending
- Clear senior obligations with the school counselor (Mrs. Henry)
- Notify the school counselor (Mrs. Henry) of any awards and scholarships
- Send out graduation announcements to family and friends
- Begin studying for final exams
- Finalize summer job plans
- If you were placed on a waitlist, contact the school and let them know you are still interested.
- If you have taken any college courses, request transcript(s) be sent from the college(s) to the institution you will attend.
- Submit a final transcript to the college you will attend
- Begin looking for a bill for tuition, room and board
- Write 'thank you' notes for any scholarships or graduation gifts you received
- Check the mail for packets from the college regarding registration for classes, campus events, and Freshmen Orientation
- Buy the things you need for college gradually over the summer; avoid last minute, expensive buying decisions
- Pack for college
- Do not miss Freshmen Orientation and be sure to read ALL information sent from the college to make sure all documents are in order
- Relax, earn some money, and get ready for your next academic adventure!
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