High School – Senior
Following is a quick review of what you should be doing your senior year to keep you on track for college.
- Say out loud “I am going to college”
- Create a calendar with various tasks and deadlines associated with the application process.
- Meet with a counselor to review transcripts and check college admissions requirements.
- Start the college admissions process – Set aside plenty of time to draft, edit, and re-write application essays.
- Seek scholarships – Keep an updated resume, personal essay, test scores, transcripts, and secure letters of recommendation from counselors, teachers, coaches, or employers.
- Stay updated on the requirements for the Nevada Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship, visit http://www.nevadatreasurer.gov/GGMS/GGMS_Home/
- Register for the ACT or SAT.
- Keep track of all college application deadlines.
- Develop a preliminary college budget include tuition, housing, books, meals, and transportation.
- Complete the “FAFSA4caster” to calculate an estimated financial aid package at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
- Gather documents needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Social Security Card, Driver’s License (if any), Tax Returns and current bank statements visit, studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) starting October 1st.
- Submit your FAFSA no later than February 1st for priority consideration, a Student Aid Report (SAR) is then sent to interested colleges.
- Request 7th semester high school transcripts be sent to applied colleges.
- Some colleges may require immunization records, especially if living on-campus.
- Verify the SAR was received by interested colleges and check all the information is accurate. Make any corrections by logging back into your application.
- All financial aid packages are based on the SAR report; this includes Federal Pell Grants, work study, and need-based scholarships. If any special circumstances affect the family’s financial situation, alert each college’s financial aid office.
- Register for Advanced Placement Exams, if applicable.
- If required, send copies of the completed FAFSA to any scholarship programs.
- Organize and file all correspondence from interested colleges.
- Review all college acceptance letters.
- Review financial aid award letters; be sure to understand the terms and conditions applied to each type of aid offered.
- Decide on one college to attend and send tuition deposit if applicable. Give notice to colleges not attending.
- Secure on- or off-campus housing and meal plans and keep track of contract deadlines and deposits needed.
- If on a college waiting list, contact admissions office regularly. If an account has been set up in a college portal, be sure to check there as frequently communications are posted there.
- Verify all AP Grade Reports have been received by the selected college. Inquire about college credit.
- Study hard for high school final exams. They still count!
- Request final high school transcripts be sent to the selected college.
- Notify the college of any private grants or scholarships received as this may affect the other financial awards.
- Find out when payment for tuition, room, and board will be due.
- Understand how financial aid will be disbursed and inquire if bill payment can be deferred until funds are available.
July to August:
- Look for information from the college about on- or off-campus housing.
- Seek information on course selection. Identify a college advisor.
- Sign up for college orientation.
- Pack for college and look forward to an interesting and rewarding experience!