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Seniors

Information for Seniors

The fall will be your busiest time for college applications. It is important to begin working on your applications as early as possible. The summer before your senior year is a good time to start. As you complete your applications, make sure all of your information is accurate, complete, and submitted by the application deadlines. Keep copies of all applications for your files.

Also, take this time to meet with college representatives in the Career Center and attend college fairs. Continue visiting schools whenever possible. It is also a good time to search for scholarships and don't forget to secure your teacher recommendations. Register to take the SAT and/or ACT if you plan on taking it again. Read the Weekly Guidance News in your senior class or online. Organize your college search via Naviance. Finally, do your best in school. Senior year does count!

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • September: Apply for a PIN for FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid. www.pin.ed.gov (This applies to both the student and one parent) Register with the NCAA (Eligibility Center Online) if you plan to try out for a collegiate sport. Please note that SAT/ACT score must also be sent to them. Their code is 9999. Early Decision and Early Action forms should be given to your counselor and recommending teachers by the end of this month.
  • Sept.-October: Check with each school to see if they require the CSS profile form for financial aid consideration. This is extremely important for students applying Early Decision.
  • Sept.-November: College Representatives from a variety of schools will be on our campus and area. Visit our school's website and counseling office regularly for information on these visits. Apply to CSU's and UC's during this window of time. Visit www.csumentor.org for CSU's and https://admissions.universityofcalifornia.edu for the UC system.
  • Oct.-November: Be sure SAT or ACT scores have been/are being sent directly to the colleges/universities to which you are applying by the testing company.
  • November 1. School Counselor Reports given to your school counselor and make sure to add all colleges that you are applying to Naviance.
  • Nov.-December: FAFSA practice worksheets available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • January 1: FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Today is the first day you can submit the FAFSA. It should be submitted as soon as possible. Check each school's deadline for FINAL filing date. (Hint: The earlier you submit it, the more gift money that will be available)
  • April 15: Notification date- all schools notify of admissions decisions by this date; many will have notified earlier.
  • May 1: Response deadline- students answer and notify the school they will attend. Students also notify those schools they will not be attending.
  • June: Final transcripts must be sent directly from our school. Carefully follow your school's instructions. Your transcript will be sent as soon as it is available.