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Senior Calendar for College and Career Planning

August / September

  • Review career plans and decide what you will do after high school—4 yr. college, military, 2-yr. vocational / community college.  Utilize Indiana Career Explorer www.indianacareerexplorer.org
  • Register online for SAT or ACT as needed.
  • Research college choices: check college websites, schedule campus visits, attend information sessions at Shawe with college representatives.
  • Narrow college list to top 3 – 5 schools.
  • If interested in pursuing a career in the military contact appropriate recruiter.  Take the ASVAB.
  • Make a list of tests, dates, fees, registration deadlines, application deadlines, etc.  Mark your calendar.
  • Complete Student Resume.
  • Begin to ask teachers or employers for letters of recommendation to include with admission and/or scholarship applications.  Provide each reference with your Student Resume.
  • Attend special programs such as local college fair (Southeastern IN Regional College Fair at Hanover College).
  • Check out what online college applications require.  Work on admission essays.
  • Start college applications.

 

October

  • Complete FAFSA beginning October 1
  • Take the SAT or ACT exam if necessary.
  • Visit campuses of your top college choices.
  • Find out the admission deadlines at your colleges of interest.  Some (Purdue University) have November deadlines if you want to be considered for scholarships.
  • Continue completing college applications.
  • Keep Mrs. Miller updated on your college application process.  Request transcripts as needed.  Allow one week for transcripts to be sent.

 

November

  • Take the SAT or ACT exam if necessary.
  • Continue completing college applications.
  • Attend the College Panel at Shawe.
  • Be aware of scholarships that you are eligible to receive.  Collect appropriate applications.  Search for national scholarships/ask parents’ employers or social organizations if they offer scholarships.
  • o Begin completing local scholarship applications.

 

December

  • Mrs. Miller recommends finishing college applications by December 1st.
  • Study for Shawe exams.  Exam grades make a difference in your final semester grade—make it a good difference!  Colleges that you have applied to will want to see your semester grades.
  • Continue completing local scholarship applications.
  • Parents: Compile financial documents in preparation to complete the FAFSA beginning Jan. 1st.
  • Parents:  Attend Financial Aid Presentation at Shawe.

 

January

  • Request 7th semester transcripts be sent to colleges as necessary.
  • Continue applying for local scholarships.

 

February

  • Ask AP teachers about AP examinations.  Prepare for these exams.
  • Continue applying for local scholarships.
  • Prioritize your final list of colleges.

 

March

  • FAFSA Deadline is March 10th for Indiana residents.
  • Look for your Student Aid Report (SAR) sent via email.  The SAR contains results from your FAFSA.
  • Contact each college financial aid office to find out what to submit to maintain eligibility for financial aid.  Keep copies of everything you submit to the financial aid offices.
  • Continue applying for local scholarships.  March is a popular month for scholarship deadlines.

 

April

  • Watch the mail & check email for college acceptances and financial aid award letters.
  • Compare the financial aid award letters you receive.
  • Make your final decision on the college you will attend.  Send in deposit ASAP or by deadline.  (Some colleges prioritize freshmen orientations/class scheduling/or housing preference according to the date deposit was made).
  • Tell Mrs. Miller what your final decision is—what college will you attend, military service, etc.
  • Check with the financial aid office at the college you have chosen about the details of signing and returning the financial aid award letter.
  • Notify the other schools where you were accepted that you will not be attending.
  • Watch for important deadlines (housing, financial aid, freshmen orientation, etc.)

 

May

  • Take AP examinations
  • Study for Shawe exams!
  • Request your final transcript be sent to your chosen college or university.
  • Inform Mrs. Miller of any scholarships you have received other than local scholarships, such as national scholarships, parents’ employer scholarships, or college/university scholarships.
  • Attend the Senior Scholarship Program and Honors Day.
  • Write thank you notes/cards to those who wrote you letters of recommendation and to those sponsoring any scholarships you received.
  • Know when the first payment for college tuition, room and board, etc. is due.

 

June

  • Congratulations!  You have made it through high school.  Enjoy graduation and this next stage of your life.

 

 

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