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Senior Year

Senior: March, April

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Student

Should have done by now

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Essential
  • Decide which school to attend.
  • Make down payments by May 1.
  • For the colleges you decide not to attend, let the admissions officer know your decision.

 

Helpful, But Not Required
  • Go on final college visits or overnights if it will help you decide which school to attend.
  • Evaluate your financial aid award letters—file an appeal if necessary.
  • If a college has wait listed you, work to secure an acceptance if you really want to attend the school.

 


 

Parent

For you to do

 

For you to help your student
  • Help your child evaluate his or her financial aid award letter.
  • Schedule final college visits or overnights if it will help your child decide which college to attend.
  • Help your child decide which college to attend.
  • Make a master calendar with deadlines and due dates.
  • Help your child with time management and organization.
  • Make sure your child has a quiet place to study without distraction.
  • Offer to proofread any scholarship essays your child is required to write.

 

Ongoing Tasks
- Review and update your academic plan; take challenging courses.
- Work hard to get good grades.
- Keep an updated resume.
- Stay involved in extracurricular activities.
- Explore potential career options: talk to people, check the Internet, job shadow, etc.
- Prepare for standardized tests.
- Search for scholarships.
- Visit colleges of interest.
- Continue to evaluate and collect information about colleges to which you apply.
- Maintain relationships with your teachers and counselor.
- Talk with college students about their experiences.