Senior Timeline

  • Here is a calendar of what seniors should be doing in the next few months. I encourage you to print it off.
    Seniors - Fall Semester
    • Discuss your classes, college plans, credits and test scores with your high school counselor
    • Arrange campus visits- if not already done this past summer
    • Begin soliciting letters of recommendation from reliable contacts who are familiar with your goals
    • Register to take the SAT/ACT, if necessary
    • Continue to search for free money (scholarships and grants) and others ways to pay
    • Stay organized: File copies of applications and correspondence. Keep your calendar up-to-date tracking important dates and deadlines

    • Review your transcripts to verify that the information is correct
    • Send transcripts to your selected schools - transcript request form available in Post Grad
    • Find out the application-of-choice used by each college
    • Ask for letters of recommendation. Most admissions and scholarship applications require these letters
    • Get some pointers on writing admissions essays and scholarship essays - talk to your English teacher
    • View sample essays and essay questions
    • Attend college fairs and financial aid nights
    • Make sure your test scores are being sent to the colleges on your short list.
    • Candidates for early school admission (early decision, early action, early admission, etc.) should complete college applications. It's a good idea to investigate the pros and cons of this decision and to
    get familiar with the early admission timeline.

    • Continue completing your college applications- make copies before sending
    • Early decision deadline is often November 1 or 15
    • Determine which financial aid forms the colleges on your list require—when in doubt contact the financial aid office
    • Investigate state college information and programs
    • Search for additional sources of financial aid

    • Complete school applications ideally by December 1
    • Determine if you are eligible for financial aid
    • Determine how to submit your FAFSA (paper or on the Web)
    • Important: Don’t submit your FAFSA before January 1—it will be returned not processed
    • Stay organized. Remember to keep copies of applications and correspondence. Continue to track important dates and deadlines on your calendar

    • Submit your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible. Some student aid programs award funds on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting too long to submit your FAFSA could be costly.
    • Fill out and submit required financial aid forms. Follow instructions carefully and make copies for federal financial aid here​.
    • When you have financial aid questions contact your financial aid office
    • Familiarize yourself with state financial aid deadlines. They tend to differ from federal and institutional deadlines (