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To-Do List for Parents of High School Seniors

Most of this work will be done by the student, but parents can encourage, proofread, and help the whole process stay on track.

 

DECEMBER

❑  Confirm that counselor and teacher recommendation letters have been uploaded into the Common Application and request transcripts be sent to the schools you’re applying to (there may be a small fee for each transcript).

❑  Note financial aid application deadlines, which may differ from admission application deadlines. Not sure you qualify? Learn more at the Federal Student Aid website.

❑  Continue to “demonstrate interest” in schools — open emails from colleges, call the admission office to request an alumni interview, etc.

❑  Start gathering financial information and prepare to file taxes early.

❑  Decide which test scores (SAT, ACT) to send and order score reports.

❑  Proof your applications one final time and “submit”!

JANUARY

❑  Submit applications with late due dates (Jan. 15th or after).

❑  Follow up with colleges to make sure all application materials were received.

❑  Check financial aid application deadlines (which vary by school).

❑  Research and apply for scholarships.

❑  Have mid-year grade reports sent to all schools you’ve applied to.

FEBRUARY

❑  Confirm financial aid deadlines & requirements at the schools you applied to.

❑  File taxes early if possible, but don’t wait to submit the FAFSA — it can be updated later.

❑  Explore gap year possibilities.

❑  If you didn’t apply yet, or want more options, look into schools with late deadlines and/or rolling admissions.

❑  Beware of Senioritis…stay on track academically!

❑  Begin planning for summer (work, travel, volunteering, etc.).

MARCH

❑  Prepare for an emotional month!

❑  Continue to apply for financial aid (deadlines/requirements vary by school) and scholarships.

❑  Decisions arrive in the mail and/or online by the end of the month, so get ready to handle and share “the news.”

❑  Celebrate!

❑  Compare financial aid awards and evaluate your options.

❑  Consider attending “admitted student” events on campus if you need help deciding which school to accept.

APRIL

❑  Attend “admitted student” events on campus and compare/contrast other aspects of the schools where you were accepted (including financial aid awards).

❑  If you were wait listed, express interest to the school. Explore late admission possibilities at other colleges.

❑  Send a deposit by May 1st to accept a spot at the college of your choice!

❑  Seniors who aren’t going to college right away consider other post-grad options and finalize gap year plans.

❑  Continue to make an effort in class so grades don’t “droop” too much.

❑  Start planning the graduation party!

MAY

❑  Thank everyone who helped you apply to college (teachers, counselors, etc.).

❑  Open and respond promptly to communications from the college — information about housing, orientation, course registration, etc.

❑  Connect with future classmates (and perhaps find a roommate) through the college’s official social media sites.

❑  Study for finals and AP exams — end the year strong.

❑  Solidify summer plans (work? travel? study? volunteer?).

❑  Enjoy time with your friends and family and bask in the glow of your accomplishments at graduation!

JUNE

❑  Junior year is over — you’re a senior now!

❑  Talk with parents/guardians about how college planning will fit into your summer.

❑  Research colleges using online tools like Naviance (if your high school uses it) and bigfuture (by The College Board).

❑  Begin narrowing your list of potential colleges.

❑  Schedule campus visits and interviews.

❑  Create a test prep plan if you will retake the ACT or SAT.

JULY

❑  Create an online Common Application account.

❑  Look at the Common App essay prompts and write a first draft of your essay.

❑  Make a spreadsheet of target schools with deadlines for Early and Regular Decision.

❑  What standardized tests do the schools require? Register for fall ACT or SAT test dates if needed.

❑  Research scholarships and make a list of some to apply for and what’s required.

❑  Have fun — it’s summer!

AUGUST

❑  Continue work on the Common App, including the essay plus any supplemental essays required by colleges you will apply to.

❑  Finish summer reading.

❑  Sign up for your fall counselor meeting. Make sure you will meet all graduation requirements.

❑  Decide which teachers you will ask to write recommendations.

❑  Look at the fall calendar — plan final campus visits/interviews.

❑  Get ready to have an amazing senior year!

SEPTEMBER

❑  Attend local college fairs and dean visits at your high school.

❑  Research gap year possibilities.

❑  Decide if you will apply Early Decision or Early Action to your top choice school; alert your counselor and recommenders.

❑  Will you include an arts/athletic supplement or resume with your application? Work on this.

❑  Share a final draft of your Common App essay(s) with a trusted reader.

❑  Take a look at your social media presence.

OCTOBER

❑  Enjoy your high school classes and extracurricular experiences (still your highest priority).

❑  Retake the SAT or ACT.

❑  Request alumni interviews, if available.

❑  Follow up with recommenders.

❑  Learn about financial aid (merit and need-based) and find the most generous colleges.

❑  ED and EA candidates prepare to submit applications by Nov. 1st or 15th!

❑  Begin gathering financial information and prepare to file taxes. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available as is the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (required by many private schools and a few flagship state universities).

NOVEMBER

❑  Register for the December SAT and December ACT (if needed).

❑  Keep a calendar of what’s due when. Plan to submit applications before the due dates, preferably before winter vacation!

❑  Take advantage of priority deadlines — get your application considered sooner and increase eligibility for merit aid.

❑  Finalize a list of “good fit” colleges.

❑  Continue working on the Common Application and other applications and supplements.

❑  Attend financial aid and scholarship workshops at the high school.

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