Senior Checklist

August-September:

• Register online for the ACT/SAT I if not taken as a junior or if not satisfied with score; request the scores be sent to the colleges he/she is considering

• Consider taking Early Studies courses at the local university or college for dual credit

• Ask appropriate community leaders, counselor, and/or teachers to write recommendations for you; ask early in the year or at least two weeks before application deadlines; follow your school’s procedure for requesting recommendations

• Review your transcript; make sure you are on-target to graduate

• Explore options to retrieve credits, if necessary

• Make up/re-take Proficiency Exams, if necessary; inquire about tutoring at school

• Review your schedule to make sure courses meet college admission requirements

• Update your resume

• Stay involved in school activities and community service

• Make decisions regarding your post-secondary goals

• Utilize the Nevada Career Information System (NCIS) to investigate current career and educational information http://nvcis.introcareers.org

• Research apprenticeship programs, technical trade schools and military options, if interested http://ccsd.net/cpd/guidance/apprentice.html

• Email colleges not previously contacted for applications; organize files, photocopy applications and begin to fill out rough drafts; pay particular attention to deadlines; competitive colleges often have November deadlines for regular admissions; many college applications may be completed online.

• Register online for the NCAA Clearinghouse. Athletes must be cleared to play sports at Division I and II colleges www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

• Apply for ROTC Scholarships

• Initiate contact with coaches regarding athletic scholarship opportunities; prepare a resume and/or video to highlight athletic talent

• Attend college visitations on campus

• Attend college information meetings where available

• Contact possible colleges and arrange on-campus visits

• Monitor your decision on the number of colleges to which you will apply; research the cost to apply

• Gather financial records and get financial counseling, if needed

• Contact college financial aid offices requesting information and applications for scholarships and financial aid

• Remember; the best source of money is university–based

• Check your school’s scholarship bulletin and apply for scholarships; watch deadlines!

• Search for scholarships on Internet websites, libraries or the career center

• Consider sending in “early decision” and “early action” applications, be sure you understand the meaning of these terms

TIP: Find out when counselors will conduct informal meeting with seniors. Often, counselors disseminate important information to selected senior classes. If not enrolled in those classes or if absent, important information will be missed.

October:

• Attend post-secondary school and career presentations on campus

• Photocopy or print extra copies of the applications you complete to use as a backup

• Search for scholarships in the Financial Aid Sort Program in the Nevada Career Information System (NCIS) http://nvcis.introcareers.org

• Research, compare colleges, and reduce list to approximately five schools; make sure you meet with your counselor to review college lists

• Attend College Readiness Educational Workshops (C.R.E.W.)

• Keep track of all deadlines for scholarships, transcripts, recommendations, etc.

• Attend College Fair Plus sponsored by CCSD School Counselors and CCSD http://www.ccsd.net/collegefair

• Apply for private, local, state, national, and university-based scholarships

• Apply for In-State College/University Scholarships – November 15 Priority deadline at UNR

November:

• Make up Proficiency Exams, if necessary

• Last chance to register by mail for ACT/SAT I to be considered for most scholarships and Nevada Scholars Award

• Gather financial records and get financial counseling, if needed

• Make sure you complete the CSS Profile, if necessary http://www.collegeboard.com

• Update your resume

• Mail ROTC and Service Academy Scholarship application

• Continue to search out and apply for scholarships; watch deadlines

• Apply to UNLV or UNR – February 1 deadline

December:

• Continue to update resume

• Plan for holiday visits to colleges; remember to send thank you notes

• Attend Financial Aid Night at your high school (December or January)

• Obtain the FOW (FAFSA on the web worksheet) from counselor or download it from the internet (www.fafsa.ed.gov) and complete it with your parents.

• Continue to research open application periods for apprenticeship and technical/trade schools; apply if applicable.

• Continue to apply for scholarships; watch deadlines

• Apply to UNLV or UNR – February 1 deadline

January:

• Review your 7th semester grades; make sure you are on-target to graduate

• Explore options to retrieve credits, if necessary

• Check to make sure your courses meet college admission requirements

• Monitor your progress toward Millennium Scholarship requirements http://nevadatreasurer.gov/millennium/

• Complete the FAFSA on the Web (www.fafsa.ed.gov) after January 1

• Complete and mail university/college-based scholarship and financial aid forms; most are due in February

• Monitor your progress in meeting the February 1st deadline for UNLV, UNR, and NSC

• Continue to apply for scholarships; watch deadlines

February:

• Request that your school registrar send 7th semester transcripts to colleges that request them

• Makes up Proficiency Exams, if necessary

• Be sure your midyear report, if required, has gone out to the colleges to which they have applied

• Make sure you provide colleges with any new honors or accomplishments that were not in the original application/resume

• Check that your college has received all required application and financial aid information; Apply for housing

• Inform your college counselor of first choice colleges; stay in contact with the representative at those colleges

• Complete and mail university/college-based scholarship and financial aid forms; most are due in February; deadline for UNLV, UNR, and NSC is February 1

• Some college acceptance letters may arrive; make sure you inform the counselor

• Complete the FAFSA electronically (www.fafsa.ed.gov) if not already done so

• Continue to apply for scholarships; watch deadlines

March:

• Register and pay for Advanced Placement (AP) exams

• Contact possible colleges and arrange on-campus visits during spring break; remember to write thank you notes

• Most college acceptance letters will arrive; make sure you inform counselor

• Watch for your Student Aid Report (SAR) to arrive, giving the amount of student aid for which you are eligible, which is a report generated from your FAFSA; make sure your colleges receive it; keep the original; call 1-800-4FED-AID if you have questions

• Notify your college counselor of scholarships/academic awards received

• Continue to apply for scholarships; watch deadlines

• Make up Proficiency Exams, if necessary

April:

• Review your college acceptance letters and financial aid offers received

• Continue to apply for scholarships

• Continue to notify counselor of scholarships/academic awards received

• Make decision on which college to attend and send tuition deposit

• Notify the college counselor of the college chosen to attend

• Notify the colleges not chosen to attend

• Find out when payments for tuition, dormitory and meal plans are due; plan accordingly

May:

• Take Advanced Placement exams

• Last chance to notify counselor of college you are attending and of scholarships/academic awards received

• Send thank you notes to teachers, counselor, and anyone who helped complete the process

• Make up Proficiency Exams, if necessary

• Register online for June ACT (www.actstudent.org) June SAT I and II (www.collegeboard.com) Subject Tests

• Establish a budget for books, supplies and living expenses for college

• Send thank you notes to scholarship donors

• Watch your calendar for end of school year deadlines

• Attend Awards Night

• Make up Proficiency Exams, if necessary

• Attend all freshmen advising days, open houses, orientation programs, and registration offered by the college.

• Read books on how to survive in college – physically, emotionally, academically, etc.

• Enroll in summer Freshman Orientation Session or Freshman Experience

• Inquire about Math/English Placement Exams required for enrollment in freshman classes

• Check with the college for shot records required for enrollment

June:

• Request that the registrar mail a final copy of his/her transcript to the college of their choice

• A final copy of the transcript also needs to be submitted to the NCAA if you intend to participate in Division I or Division II sports

• Notify the college of private grants or scholarships

• Understand your financial aid disbursement

• Enroll in summer Freshman Orientation

July:

• Complete and return the Millennium Scholarship Award packet (even if you are not planning to attend college in state)