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Class of 2018

Senior Timeline

August 01, 2017

Seniors: Here is a general timeline for those activities you should be doing throughout your final year in high school!  

 


PLANNING FOR COLLEGE DURING YOUR SENIOR YEAR:

August – December

  • Visit with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements
  • Keep working hard all year; second semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility
  • Visit with admissions counselors who come to the high school
  • Narrow down your choices to 3-5 schools and visit them
  • Apply to the top 3 colleges you are considering
  • Begin your college essay(s) if necessary
  • Apply for admission at the colleges you've chosen. Ask the school counselor to send an official transcript to those schools.
  • Start the financial aid process and find out if you qualify for scholarships at each college you have applied to
  • Attend Green City FAFSA Night (November 2, 2017 at 5:30pm for all seniors and parents)
  • Complete FAFSA
  • See your school counselor for help finding financial aid and scholarships.


January – May

  • Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR)—it should arrive four weeks after the FAFSA is filed
  • Compare financial aid packages from different schools
  • Decide which college to attend, and notify the school of your decision
  • Keep track of and observe deadlines for sending in all required fees and paperwork
  • Notify schools you will not be attending
  • Apply to all local scholarship that you believe you qualify for (posted on GC School site) and continue to look for outside scholarship opportunities. Ask for personal references from teachers, school counselor, or employers at least two weeks before application deadlines.
  • Keep track of important financial aid and scholarship deadlines
  • Sign and send in a promissory note if you are borrowing money
  • Notify your college about any outside scholarships you received

Visit The Common Application to apply at multiple colleges at one time. Visit   http://www.commonapp.org/

 

There are many scholarships sponsored by companies, fraternal organizations, churches, and professional groups that may assist you in your education. Visit the scholarship link on the counselors tab. The local scholarships will be updated as they are recieved. These are generally not sent out until February. 

Spend some time searching other potential funding options as well:

Sallie Mae: http://go.salliemae.com/scholarship/

College Scholarship Service: http://www.collegeboard.org

FastWeb: http://www.fastweb.com

FinAid: http://www.finaid.org

MO Dept. of Higher Education: http://www.dhe.mo.gov/

Nelnet Scholarship Search: http://www.neltnet.net/collegeplanning

Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis: http://www.sfstl.org

CampusRN Scholarship Fund: http://www.campusrn.com/

 

Other Helpful Sites to visit while making college choices:
www.MissouriConnections.com is a great website for college searching and information
http://collegesearch.mo.gov/ allows you to search for majors and corresponding colleges in Missouri
http://www.dhe.mo.gov/ Missouri Department of Higher Education - all things college!

 

Visit The Common Application to apply at multiple colleges at one time. Visit   http://www.commonapp.org/‚Äč

 
 

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