___Discuss post-high school plans with family and guidance counselor. Senior Interviews are conducted thru November; you may request your interview by making an appointment in the Guidance Office.
___Continue gathering college/trade school information and applications forms (Phone numbers & web pages are available in Guidance and on Naviance).
___Search the web pages of colleges/trade schools that interest you for Fall Open Houses and Informational Tours; look for notices posted near the Guidance Office—check school announcements
___If you have not done so, complete a resume on Naviance & ask teachers and employers for letters of recommendation.
___Register by SEPTEMBER 8th for the OCTOBER 7th SAT or SAT Subject Tests
___If you intend to participate in Division I or II college athletics, register for the NCAA Clearinghouse www.eligibilitycenter.org and have your SAT scores sent (Code # 9999)
___Meet with the College/Trade School/Military Representatives that are in the Lunchroom (A calendar is posted outside Guidance regarding dates of upcoming visits).
___Choose approximately 4-8 colleges/trade schools to which you will send applications.
___Begin planning to visit the colleges/trade schools that interest you if you have not already done so
___Begin gathering financial documents to prepare for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—DO NOT SUBMIT BEFORE OCTOBER 1st.
___Attend Senior Guidance Assembly---SEPTEMBER 14th
___Senior College Visitation Days--SEPTEMBER 27
___Watch your grades!! Most schools require 1st quarter and/or semester grades before granting acceptances. We have seen students get denied by schools because of their poor SENIOR GRADES!
___Begin application process (if you have not already done so). Follow the procedures outlined in the Senior Guidance Assembly & on the attached Step by Step guide.
___Check on Teacher Recommendations.
___If applying for Early Action (non-binding) or Early Decision (binding), check deadlines!
___FAFSA Filing Period begins on OCTOBER 1st
___Register (collegeboard.com) for the CSS/Financial Aid Profile if the colleges that interest you require it; a college’s website or the list on collegboard will tell you which schools require this
___Complete the FAFSA on-line at www.fafsa.gov to apply for financial aid from the Federal Government and the State of Pennsylvania—use 2016 tax returns and information
___Review Scholarships that are listed on Naviance—watch deadlines!.
___Register by OCTOBER 5th for NOVEMBER 4th SAT or SAT Subject Tests
___OCTOBER 7th—SAT I & SAT Subject Tests at Father Judge
__Utilize OCTOBER 11th for College Visits/Interviews
___Attend College Fair at Archbishop Ryan on OCTOBER 11th ---7:00-9:00 p.m. and/or at Bishop McDevitt on OCTOBER 12th—7:00-9:00 p.m.
___Attend the Financial Aid Night on OCTOBER 12th at St. Hubert—7:00-9:00 p.m.
__Register by NOVEMBER 2nd for DECEMBER 2nd SAT or SAT Subject Tests
__NOVEMBER 4th ---SAT I & SAT Subject Tests at Father Judge
___Attend Philadelphia National College Fair at the PA Convention Center, 13th & Arch, from 11-3pm on NOVEMBER 12th
___Continue reviewing monthly Scholarship Bulletins/Open House Bulletins.
___Notify the Guidance Office if you need your 1st quarter grades sent to any schools to which you have already applied.
___Shortly after completing the FASFA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) which you can use to make corrections and/or additions.
___Develop a direct contact at the Financial Aid Office of those schools to which you have been accepted, and periodically check on the status of your financial aid application.
___DECEMBER 2nd SAT I & SAT Subject Tests
___DECEMBER 8th —Senior College Visitation Days
___The deadline for your applications mailed before Christmas is DECEMBER 11th.
___Write Thank-You notes to all teachers and employers who have given you recommendations.
___Notify the Guidance Office if you need your 1st semester grades sent to any schools
___JANUARY 15th—College Visitation Day
___Avoid Senioritis!—All acceptances are contingent on your Final Transcript!
___Finish any Thank-You notes to those who wrote your recommendations.
___Bring in ALL acceptance letters to Guidance.
___Maintain files of acceptances, denials, and financial aid award letters; be sure to bring copies of ALL these to the Guidance Office.
___Make sure that all your financial aid information (the SAR) has been sent to the college or trade school of your choice.
__All Financial Aid Letters, from ALL the schools to which you were accepted, must be turned into Guidance by APRIL 27th to be included in the Scholarship Booklet at Graduation!
___Make your final decision and send in a deposit by the deadline (generally MAY 1st).
___MAY 2nd—Final Transcript Request Forms will be distributed by Guidance
___Notify schools that you will not be attending so they may offer admissions to others.
___Watch for important deadlines at your school of choice (i.e. housing, orientations, etc.).
Congratulations!! Enjoy your graduation, have a safe and fun summer, and get ready for some of the best years of your life!
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