Senior Checklist

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Senior Checklist

Senior year is finally here, and it’s full of things to do to get ready for college. Use this senior year checklist to keep track of your progress and upcoming deadlines for testing, admissions and financial aid.

If undecided about your major, take a career inventory test
Research & visit colleges that interest you
Prepare a list of questions to ask on campus visits
Talk with college students
Fill out the college comparison worksheet to clarify your options
Volunteer for activities or job shadow in a profession that interests you
Take the ACT or the SAT
Review ACT/SAT test results and retest if necessary
Talk to the registrar to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements
Keep working hard all year; second semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility & graduation
Ask for personal references from teachers, school counselors, or employers early in the year
Visit with admissions counselors who come to your high school
Attend a college fair
Begin your college essay
Apply for admission at the colleges you’ve chosen
Find out if you qualify for scholarships at each college you have applied to
Start the financial aid application process in January – FAFSA
Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR)—it should arrive four weeks after the FAFSA is filed
Keep track of and observe deadlines for sending in all required fees and paperwork
Keep track of important financial aid and scholarship deadlines