Congratulations, you are close to the end of your high school career! However, you are not quite there yet. There is still much work and preparation that needs to be completed. Senior students will continue to meet with their counselor from their Junior Year.Below is a helpful timeline:
- Sign up for your Senior Interview with your counselor
- Follow up with teacher recommendations and requests
- If you intend in participating in college athletics, register for the NCAA Clearing House; www.eligibilitycenter.org
- Finalize the list of college/universities you plan to apply and check their admissions requirements
- Register for the fall SAT of ACT, if you would like to improve your grade
- Attend Financial Aid Night at Roman on September 13th at 5:30pm in the Café
- Watch your grades!! Most schools require 1st quarter and/or semester grades before granting acceptances.
- The FASFA will be available October 1st. Complete and submit the FASFA at www.fasfa.ed.gov
- Watch for the Student Aid Report (SAR), It is typically available online 3-5 days after you submit your FAFSA online. If may also arrive several weeks after you submit your FAFSA by mail. Check the SAR for errors and make the necessary corrections!
- Colleges may require you to complete the CSS/Financial Aid Profile on www.collegeboard.org
- Visit as many of your potential colleges as possible
- Check all college application deadlines
- Early Action and Early Decision’s application deadline is usually around November 1st or 15th
Strive to send all applications before the Thanksgiving Holiday!
- Be aware of the deadline for your applications!
- Confirm that all your college admissions materials have been received by the schools to which you have applied
- Bring in ALL acceptance letters to Guidance Office and any scholarship letters you have received.
- Maintain files of acceptances, denials, and financial aid award letters; be sure to bring copies of ALL these to the College Admissions and Counseling Center
- Make sure that all your financial aid information (the SAR) has been sent to the college or trade school of your choice
- Make your final decision and send in a deposit by the deadline (generally MAY 1st, but read letters from colleges carefully!)
- Notify those schools that you will not be attending so that they may offer admissions to others
- Watch for important deadlines at your school of choice (i.e. housing, orientations, etc.)
- First week of May – complete forms for Guidance – including Final Transcript Request
- All Financial Aid Letters, from ALL the schools to which you were accepted, must be turned in to Guidance by MAY 2nd in order to be published in Graduation Booklet!
Congratulations!! Enjoy your graduation, have a safe and fun summer, and get ready for the best years of your life!
*Note: Dates are subject to change – any changes will be announced*
Test dates are online at the test specific sites:
- Khan Academy
- Free SAT Prep - ineedapencil.com
- SAT Practice Test
- Follow this link to find a free SAT practice test through College Board
FIVE TIPS ON HOW TO HAVE A GREAT SENIOR YEAR (Futures Magazine)
1. Relax. Make up your mind that you are going to have a good Senior Year and let the events of your year unfold.
2. Make the most of your friendships. Enjoy the quiet moments and the big events with your classmates, and don’t be afraid to expand your social circle. Appreciate what you have now because soon you and your friends will be moving on with the next part of your lives.
3. Keep up with your course work. Avoid the temptation to slack off, especially as the year winds down. Colleges and Trade Schools can rescind their acceptances of students whose grades dip too low. In addition, your Final Transcript follows you; and if you do not think you need it for next year, you can bet you will be needing it sometime down the road.
4. Stay involved. Take advantage of every opportunity. Participate in whatever is offered just so you are able to have those memories.
5. Get organized. Senior Year is crammed with things to do and places to go, and some of them will be missed if you are not organized. Use a planner and mark down appointments and activities. And don’t forget to pencil in some quality time with your family, and some quiet time just for yourself.