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SENIOR YEAR PLANNING

Senior Year Planning Calendar

May 18, 2017

Southwest Valley Senior Year Planning

Calendar………for more information go to:  Mapping Your Future

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.
  • You will need a FSA ID.  Go to: FSA ID, to apply for your FSA ID online.(Also let your parents know that they will need a FSA ID.)
  • File your FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible.
  • Contact the schools' financial aid offices to determine which forms they require. Some schools may require special forms.
  • Finalize portfolios, audition tapes, writing samples, or other evidence of talent if required for admission.

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.

December

January

  • Complete your FAFSA online . Keep copies of all documents, including your FSA ID, 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.
  • Contact the U.S. Department of Education at 800-4-FEDAID for assistance completing the FAFSA and/or plan to attend a FAFSA preparation event (free FAFSA advice) near you.

February

  • Be mindful of deadlines.Always submit information on time.
  • Research Advanced Placement (AP) or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.
  • 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.
  • Attend a FAFSA preparation event.

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.

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.

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.
  • Prepare a realistic student budget.
  • Follow up with your high school to ensure the counselor forwards your final school transcripts to the college.

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