- Start narrowing down your college choices and/or career ideas.
- Talk with teachers, your counselor, and admissions officers.
- Give recommendation forms/resumes to your counselor and/or teachers EARLY and explain your plans to them.
- Obtain and review college catalogs, admissions, and financial aid materials.
- Begin to investigate which Financial Aid Applications are required at which Colleges. Some colleges have multiple financial aid forms & deadlines.
- Take the Oct SAT exam. Check the registration deadline dates for the Nov and Dec SATs. Do you need to take the SAT Subject tests?
- Register online at www.collegeboard.com/ and check and read all messages on your account.
- MAKE SURE YOU SEND YOUR SAT SCORES TO THE COLLEGES YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WITHIN THE DEADLINE, OR YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL FEE OF $10.50 PER SCORE REPORT.
- Visit as many colleges as possible with your parents/guardians and investigate early decision programs. Pay close attention to admission requirements.
- Review your transcript with your counselor.
- Start gathering applications and thinking about application essays. Be creative and informative. Utilize online applications as required by schools.
- Continue to research colleges and majors online using www.kudernavigator.com and the college websites.
- Continue to visit colleges.
- Research scholarship applications on-line and with Mr. Zervas (Scholarship Coordinator).
- Discuss possible military options with recruiters, if interested.
- If you are applying to an “early decision program,” applications are due this month.
- If necessary, retake the MCAS exam.
- Complete applications. MEET ALL DEADLINES.
- Request that the Guidance Office forward transcripts to schools for which you Applied. Transcript requests must be made in writing using a form available in guidance.
- Arrange for any necessary interviews.
- Obtain and prepare specific college financial aid forms, if necessary.
- The January SAT is the LAST CHANCE to take the SAT for many colleges.
- Complete scholarship applications.
- Be sure that all colleges have received complete applications. If you are not sure, follow up with a phone call to the Admissions Office.
- Keep up with your classes and enjoy your activities. Think about career and college choices, but ENJOY your senior year.
- Explore the colleges you have applied to as thoroughly as possible.
- ATTEND FINANCIAL AID NIGHT WITH YOUR PARENTS on 1/25/12 by registering at http://www.fafsaday.com : CLICK REGISTER NOW and sign up for our school's event - Wakefield (Northeast Metro Tech High School)
- Sign up for PIN through at www.pin.ed.gov or when you register for FAFSA DAY.
- Submit federal financial aid form through FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Decision letters arrive – your hard work has paid off! Meet with your counselor to finalize your plans.
- Take advantage of visitation programs. Ask questions so that you can make informed decisions. Reply to colleges. Make acceptance deposit as required.
- Follow up on financial aid packages if you are uncertain or unsatisfied.
- Keep your counselor informed of your acceptances, decisions and scholarship awards.