College Planning Calendar - Grade 12

  • Senior Year

    • Work hard all year, second-semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility.
    • Stay involved in activities, employment and/or volunteering.
    • Continue to challenge yourself academically.

    August

    • Continue to visit colleges.
    • Narrow your college list to no more than five schools
    • Review college applications online.
    • Sign up for your FSA ID # (PIN #) for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Register for the October SAT.

    September

    • Meet with your guidance counselor to make sure you have all the credits needed to get into your college of choice.
    • Register for the October SAT by the first Friday in September.
    • Register for the November SAT, SAT II Subject tests and/or ACT test.
    • Give any recommendation forms to the appropriate teacher and or counselor with stamped, college-addressed envelopes.
    • Early Action and Early Decision applications are usually due between Oct. 1 and Nov.. 1st.  Keep this in mind.
    • Attend financial aid night at the high school.
    • Meet with college admission representatives when they visit the high school.
    • If you did not do so already, ask teachers, employers, and counselors for letters of recommendation.
    • Gather scholarship information from guidance office as it becomes available.
    • Begin to search for scholarships using databases.
    • Narrow your list of colleges to between 3-5 and review with your counselor.
    • Update your personal file.
    • If not completed earlier all prospective Division I and Division II athletes must register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center.
    • Sign up for FSA ID # (PIN #) for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Pick up a FAFSA on the Web worksheet or request paper FAFSA application from US Dept. of Education.  (See Financial Aid webpage for further information.)

    October

    • Take the SAT test.
    • Work on admission applications and essays.
    • Visit your top college choices.
    • Find out from colleges what specific financial aid forms/applications they require.
    • Some private schools may require that you register for CSS/financial Aid PROFILE at this time.
    • Have official SAT scores sent by the testing agency to the colleges that you plan on applying.
    • Start sending applications to colleges.  Request guidance department to send a copy of your transcripts to colleges.
    • If you plan to apply for a ROTC scholarship, the application deadline is December 1st.
    • Start to complete the FAFSA application for Federal Student Aid for college. (You must have a FSA ID # prior to starting the FAFSA.)

    November

    • Apply to colleges no later than Thanksgiving.
    • Take the SAT or ACT, if necessary and have your scores sent directly to the college and/or NCAA Eligibility Center.
    • Be sure that your first quarter grades are good.
    • Continue to apply to colleges.
    • Complete the FAFSA application for Federal Student Aid for college. (You must have a FSA ID # prior to starting the FAFSA.)
    • If you completed the FAFSA in October, you should receive you Student Aid Report (SAR) within 3-5 days (online applications) and 4 weeks (paper applications).  If corrections are needed please correct and return to FAFSA promptly.

    December

    • Early decision replies should arrive between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31.
    • If you completed the FAFSA in October, you should receive you Student Aid Report (SAR) within 3-5 days (online applications) and 4 weeks (paper applications).  If corrections are needed please correct and return to FAFSA promptly.
    • Complete the FAFSA application for Federal Student Aid for college if you have not already done so.

    January

    • Submit updated income tax information to FAFSA. 
    • Your college may have it's own Financial Aid form.  Be sure to complete the forms by the deadlines that the college has set.
    • Courses continue to count throughout your senior year.  Admission to college is contingent upon successful completion of your senior year.

    February

    • Check to see if your mid-year transcripts have been sent (if applicable). 
    • Submit updated income tax information to FAFSA.
    • Complete scholarship applications.
    • Contact financial aid offices of colleges to which you applied to make sure that all your information has been received.

    March

    • If you haven't received an acceptance letter from the college to which you applied, contact the admission department.
    • Compare acceptance letters, financial aid and scholarship offers.
    • Submit tax forms to the financial aid office if requested. 
    • Submit updated income tax information to FAFSA.
    • If you have not received your SAR report contact Federal Student Aid information Center.
    • Register to take AP test for AP courses you are taking.
    • Begin to search for summer employment opportunities.
    • Submit local scholarship information by deadline.

    April

    • Submit updated income tax information to FAFSA.
    • Make your final decision and send in a deposit by the deadline.
    • Submit tax forms to the financial aid office if requested. 
    • Notify other schools that you will not be attending.
    • Keep track of deadlines at your chosen college regarding housing, financial aid, etc.
    • Submit additional applications for additional student and/or parent loans.
    • Deadline for PA State Grant is May 1st for students attending college and universities.
    • NCAA Student-Athletes to complete final amatuerism status through the elegibility center website.

    May

    • Take AP tests.
    • If you were placed on a waiting list for a college and have decided to wait for an opening, contact the college and let them know you are still very interested.
    • Inform the guidance department of the college you will be attending in order for your final transcripts to be sent to them.
    • Write "thank you notes" to the people who wrote you letters of recommendation.
    • If you plan on competing in Division I or II college sports, submit your  Transcript Release form to the guidance office in order for your final transcript to be sent to NCAA Initial Eligibility Center.

    June/July/August

    • Complete any remaining student aid forms.
    • Participate in any summer orientation programs for incoming freshmen.
    • Start planning a budget for college.
    • Learn to complete tasks independently i.e. laundry, money management, etc.
    • Shop for items you will need for college.
    • Deadline for PA State Grant is August 1 for first-time students at a business, trade or technical school, hospital schools of nursing or two-year community/junior college.

    REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR GRADES UP!