Senior Checklist

Check out the Senior Next Steps (November 2018) and the Scholarship List (October 2018).


Late Spring (Jr) - Early Fall (Sr)

  • Check your email regularly (and read all emails from the LCHS College Center).
  • Use the following sites to research colleges:

Naviance (college match),
www.collegedata.com,
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/ 
www.collegeexpress.com

  • Take final ACT/SAT/SAT Subject Tests

all colleges take the ACT or SAT or may be test optional, check for subject test requirements

Request ACT/SAT fee waivers if you meet eligibility requirements

www.fairtest.org

Complete a college search.

Update your resume.

Record all 9-12th grade extracurricular activities, volunteer hours, and employment.

Record hours per week/weeks per year for each activity.

This can be used for college and scholarship applications.

Complete your Naviance Teacher/Counselor Letter of Recommendation Form (listed under “about me” > surveys).

Request Letters of Recommendation (one-two teachers, counselor, make request through Naviance, give deadlines).

Search college sites for scholarships.

  • Review the LCHS Scholarship List and create a personalized list of scholarships.
  • Visit college campuses.
  • Attend local college fairs and college planning events. Check Monday Notes and Naviance for updates
  • Narrow down your college list (Reach, Probable, Foundation).
  • Create an organizational system to keep track of college and scholarship application deadlines and details.

Early Fall (September-October)

  • Make an appointment with Mrs. Campbell for your Senior Meeting. (email or stop by to schedule)
  • Decide how you will apply to each school on your list (Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision).
  • Know the essay prompts for each college you’re applying to and begin drafts.
  • Update your Naviance account with “colleges I’m applying to.”
  • Begin college applications (Institutional applications, Common Application or Coalition).
  • Link your Naviance and Common App accounts if using the Common App.
  • Advocate for yourself and ask questions, Mrs. Campbell is ready to help.

Fall (October-December)

  • Parents and students should be familiar with Federal Financial Aid by reviewing the website in detail.

Federal Financial Aid/Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Register for your FAFSA FSA ID (students and parents)

Prepare tax information in order to complete the FAFSA

  • The FAFSA is available on October 1. Be sure to complete before your college’s financial deadline (Jan-Mar).
  • Submit your LCHS Transcript Request Forms to Mrs. Campbell at least two-weeks before application deadlines.
  • Send ACT/SAT scores to colleges that require them through the ACT/SAT score reporting websites.
  • Finalize your college application essays and have Mrs. Campbell review.
  • Familiarize yourself with the CSS Profile if it is required by your colleges.( most private colleges)

Winter/Spring (January-April)

  • Apply to colleges Regular Decision.
  • Watch for the Local Scholarship Packet (usually available on the LCHS College Planning website mid-January).
  • Determine if your colleges require Mid-Year Report. Make requests to Mrs. Campbell
  • Make sure to complete your housing application if you have decided where you are attending.
  • Watch for your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). Review and correct if necessary.
  • Receive and compare college financial aid award packages. Contact colleges with any questions. If you were not awarded enough money to attend your top choice school, let them know. Ask if there are additional scholarships you can apply or qualify for. Advocate for yourself!
  • Update your Naviance with your college decisions. Admitted, Denied, Waitlisted.

May

  • May 1st is College Decision Day-you must commit to a college by May 1st and notify all colleges of your decision.
  • Wear your college gear on May 1st, let’s celebrate!
  • Take AP Exams and request AP scores be sent to the college you will attend.
  • Send your CU Succeed transcript to your choice college for credits.
  • Request Final Transcripts from Mrs. Campbell
  • Take the Senior Exit Survey in Naviance
  • Events for seniors that happen in May:

LCHS Awards/Scholarship Night

Senior Checkout- Seniors passing a class with an 85% or higher are exempt from the second semester final exam if scheduled during finals week.

Graduation Rehearsal

Graduation

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

  • Research scholarship opportunities at your top choice colleges.
  • Review the LCHS Scholarship List located on the LCHS College Planning Website
  • Register with the Colorado College Opportunity Fund (COF) if you might attend college in Colorado.
  • Research colleges participating in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). If qualified, students may enroll in a 2-or 4-year college and pay only 150% of in-state tuition as an out-of-state student. The states that participate are as follows: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
  • Familiarize yourself with the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Families are highly encouraged to submit the FAFSA regardless of their financial situation.
  • Familiarize yourself with the CCS Profile. The CCS Profile is used by many colleges in their financial aid process.

 

LCHS College Center

(CEEB Code, 060-607)

 

 

Diane Campbell, College Counselor

970.672.5520

dcampbell@libertycommon.org 

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