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SAT/ACT Info

SENIORS: Important Notice!!!  The registration deadline for the first SAT test is Sept. 3rd,this Thursday and the test will be given in October. Fee waivers can be picked up in the College & Career Center in Rm. 213 or from Mrs. Beach in the Counseling Office. You need to take the SAT exams as soon as possible for your university applications. Remember, fee waivers cannot be used for late applications.

SENIORS: ACT registration is due by Sept. 18th. You can also pick up those Fee Waivers with Ms. Roldan in the College & Career Center or with Mrs. Beach. You want to take these tests early...do not procrastinate!!

                       
Senior Calendar
August
* Review your career plans and decide which type of post-secondary school is best for you.
* Save money from your summer job for college.
* List your top college choices.
* Request admissions information and school catalogs. 
* Go on college visits.
* Collect letters of recommendation from your teachers to include with your college applications.
* Start brainstorming about ideas for your college essays (This form will help when writing your personal statement for UC Schools).

* Continue to take challenging courses during your senior year.
* Stay focused on maintaining or increasing your GPA.
* Obtain registration materials and test dates for the SAT and/or ACT assessment.
* Compare costs of each school that interests you by contacting the colleges by phone, mail, or via their websites.

September
* Mark your calendar with registration, admissions, and financial aid deadlines and fees.
* Create separate folders for each of the schools that interest you and keep the materials organized.
* Begin writing drafts of your college essays.
* Start completing early admission college applications.
* Meet with school representatives who visit your high school.
* Look at virtual tours of college campuses online.
* If you haven't already taken the SAT and/or ACT, register for the test(s).
* Attend college planning and/or financial aid information nights and college fairs.
* Ask employers, teachers, and guidance counselors for letters of recommendation to accompany your admissions applications.

October
* Take the SAT and/or ACT.
* Continue working on your admissions essays.

* If you haven't already done so, attend college planning and/or financial aid information nights and college fairs.
* Visit your top school choices. If possible, make appointments with faculty, staff, and students.
* Complete applications for every scholarship for which you may be eligible.
* Meet with your guidance counselor to develop a college admission and financial aid application plan.
* Contact the schools' financial aid offices to determine which forms they require. Some schools may require special forms.

November
* Complete admissions applications by their deadlines.
* If you haven't already done so, attend college planning and/or financial aid information nights and college fairs.
* If necessary, register to retake the SAT and/or ACT.
* Request financial aid forms and applications. Double check the deadlines for submission.
* Follow up to ensure your employers, teachers, and guidance counselors send letters of recommendation.
* Stay focused on maintaining and increasing your GPA.
* Apply for scholarships

December
Sign up for a PIN, to complete your FAFSA online. (Also let your parents know that they will need a PIN.)
* Finalize admission applications.
* Urge your parents to file their taxes as soon as possible after January 1. This will ease the financial aid process.
* Research and apply for other financial aid, including grants and scholarships.
* Watch for early admissions notices (they tend to arrive in December or January).

January
* As soon as possible after January 1 and when tax forms are complete, complete your FAFSA online (go to www.fafsa.ed.gov). Keep copies of all documents, including your PIN, in a file.
* If you can't attend financial aid nights, ask if you and your parents can borrow a video of an event from your counselor. 
* Apply for scholarships.

February
* Be mindful of deadlines. Always submit information on time.
* Watch for the e-mail notice indicating your Student Aid Report (SAR) is ready.
* Review your SAR for errors and make any corrections as indicated.
* Rank your top school choices.
* Apply for scholarships.

March
* Check with the financial aid offices to ensure your paperwork is complete. Submit tax forms if they request them.
* Narrow your school choices and make campus visits.
* Be on the lookout for acceptance letters.
* Start looking for summer jobs.
* Apply for scholarships.

April
* Compare financial aid award letters.
* Make your final school decision and mail deposits, as required.
* Check with the school you've chosen about returning financial aid award letters.
* Notify the schools you have chosen NOT to attend.
* Plan for registration, orientation, and housing, and mark your calendar with important dates.
* Apply for scholarships.

May
* Be aware of any summer orientation sessions that you must attend at the school in which you will enroll, and make plans accordingly.
* Finalize your summer job plans, and make a plan for saving a portion of your summer earnings.
* Follow up with your high school to ensure the counselor forwards your final school transcripts to the college.
* Apply for scholarships.

June
* Plan for college transportation.
* Notify your high school guidance office of your college selection and any scholarships received.
* Follow up with the financial aid office to ensure all paperwork is complete.

July
* Save money from your summer job.
* Send “thank you notes” to everyone who helped you plan and prepare for college.
* Don't forget to send your final transcript to your college.
* Register for the Fall semester.
* Prepare for the new adventures that await you on campus!