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Senior Year Planner

Check the Seniors page often for late-breaking information!!


  • Send in your applications as soon as possible. APPLY EARLY! Housing and some scholarships can go fast.
  • Use Careers, College Planning, and Career Cove to research occupations, post-secondary schools, and scholarships available for you.
  • Athletes interested in competing at the Division I or II level must file an NCAA Clearinghouse form for eligibility.
  • Students considering a military career should meet with the recruiter and arrange to take the ASVAB.
  • Decide which teachers and other people you would like to write letters of recommendation for you and contact them immediately.
  • If necessary, register to retake the ACT or SAT.
  • Research public and private scholarships and grants using library resources and Internet resources.
  • Apply for scholarships found and keep up with scholarships that come to the counseling office during the year. All scholarships are announced in the Daily Bulletin.  Be sure to keep copies for your records.
  • Don't miss the deadlines!


  • Visit college fairs and talk with college representatives. Check the Career Center calendar for visits by college and military representatives. Listen for announcements.
  • File any early-action or early-decision college applications.



  • Obtain a PIN for online FAFSA application in your Skills class.
  • Financial aid forms (FAFSA) are available in the Counseling Office.


  • Submit your completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible. Keep a copy for your records. You can also file electronically at FAFSA on the Internet.
  • Many schools have application due dates in January. Send in all application materials on time.


  • Within two to four weeks after you submit the FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of the form and will give you an estimated family contribution. Be sure to make corrections, if needed.
  • Send the SAR to the financial aid office at the college of your choice, if you haven't already done so.


  • Register for any Advanced Placement (AP) tests that you are prepared to take. A good score can earn you credit at many colleges.


  • Review college/training program acceptances and compare financial aid offers.
  • Decide which school to attend and send in your deposit by May 1.
  • Notify other colleges of your decision. Also notify the Counseling Office.


  • Follow up to check that all materials have arrived at your college (Student Aid Report, Housing forms, tuition deposit, etc.).
  • Take AP exams for AP classes taken in high school.


  • Make sure final high school transcripts are sent to the college or school you plan to attend.
  • Apply for any loans for which you might qualify.

Congratulations on graduating from high school! Best of luck in your future endeavors.