The Senior Checklist

By Daniel Couthran

 The schools year is entering the home stretch, and students planning for college know the huge burden facing them. They have to deal with scholarships, transcripts, essays, letters, and much more. It seems easy to get overwhelmed, but hopefully this checklist will prevent some restless nights worrying about the future ahead.

 Spring Semster:

 Get help completing the FASFA

  • Ask your guidance office to send first semester transcripts to schools that you have applied to. In May, they will need to send final transcripts to the college that you will attend.
  • Visit colleges
  • Decide which college to attend, and notify the schools of your decision
  • Keep track of, and observe deadlines for sending in all required fees and paperwork
  • Notify schools you will not attend of your decision
  • Continue to look for scholarships
  • Keep track of important financial aid and scholarship deadlines
  • Watch the mail for you Student Aid Report (SAR)- it should arrive four weeks after the FASFA is filed
  • Compare financial aid packages from different schools
  • Sign and send in a promissory note if you are borrowing money
  • Notify your college about any outside scholarships you have received

Of course, if any questions arise, school guidance counselors would be more than willing to assist and point you in the right direction. There are numerous websites as well, each with different tips on what to plan for and which important deadlines are approaching.

 Some notable websites are:

  • College.gov
  • Collegeboard.com
  • Collegetidbits.com
  • Act.org

 With this list in hand, seniors will be more organized and assured about the road ahead of them.

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