College Planning Checklist

College Planning Checklist

College Planning Checklist

FRESHMAN YEAR

•□ Go to GAcollege411.org and explore the website. Set up your free account to keep track of your courses, grades, extracurricular activities, honors, and more.

•□ Investigate career information in areas of interest.

•□ Start developing your resume and keep a portfolio of your achievements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•□ Discuss career interests and post secondary options with your parents.

•□ Meet and talk with your advisor about high school programs of study and post secondary options. Develop your Four-Year Plan.

•□ Concentrate on keeping at least a 3.0 grade point average (B) for more financial aid options.

•□ Use career assessment tools to assess your interests and abilities.

•□ Complete volunteer work to gain skills and experience for future part-time jobs.

•□ Practice filling out job applications.

 

REMEMBER: Community Service = more $$$ from scholarships

 

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

•□ Update your GAcollege411.org account.

•□ Begin looking at college catalogs and other college materials, including financial aid information. Go see Mr. Silver!

•□ Concentrate on keeping a 3.0 GPA for future $$$$.

•□ Pick 3 or 4 colleges that interest you and request information to review.

•□ Begin developing a list of possible post-secondary schools to attend.

•□ Continue to update your resume and practice filling out applications.

•□ Create a letter of application as an important part of the job search process.

•□ Explore work-based learning activities and programs for possible involvement.

•□ Update your portfolio.

•□ Take the PSAT to practice for college entrance exams and take the ASSET or COMPASS to prepare for technical college placement.

•□ Meet and talk with your advisor to update your educational plan and discuss options.

•□ Take the ASVAB when offered in the fall.

•□ Consider taking Honors, AP, or other challenging classes.

REMEMBER: This is YOUR life- take charge of it and control your future!

 

 

 

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL (AUGUST-DECEMBER)

•□ Update your GAcollege411.org account.

•□ Refine your list of colleges and universities of interest. Don't stick with the "safe" ones!

•□ Meet with your counselor and advisor to review your program of study and make sure your classes are meeting college admission requirements.

•□ Make appointments to visit college and university campuses.

•□ Visit http://www.collegboard.com/ for SAT information, college admission information, and deadlines. (SAT recommended ONLY if you have finished Advanced Algebra / Trigonometry with a 90 or higher)

•□ Visit act.org   for ACT information. (ACT recommended for everyone!)

•□ Start investigating sources of financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) and register with http://www.fastweb.com/ to research other means of obtaining money for college.

•□ Consider taking on leadership roles in your extracurricular activities.

•□ Continue to take Honors, AP, and other challenging courses. Colleges and universities look for "rigor of curriculum".

•□ Take the Georgia High School Graduation tests in ELA, Math, SS, Science and Writing. HIGHLY IMPORTANT!!

•□ Attend community college fairs like PROBE.

SPRING (JANUARY-MAY)

•□ Listen during advisement to help prepare for graduation.

•□ Continue to research scholarships, loans, grants, etc. Listen to announcements and ask your advisors and homeroom teachers!

•□ Take the PSAT if you did not take it as a sophomore.

•□ Take the SAT or ACT - both accepted by most colleges and universities.

  (SAT recommended ONLY if you have finished Advanced Algebra / Trigonometry with a 90 or higher)

•□ Take the ASVAB as an optional interest and aptitude career assessment tool.

•□ Update letter of application and resume.

•□ Update your portfolio.

•□ Attend a Financial Aid Seminar.

•□ Talk with coaches about eligibility for college sports.

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SUMMER

•□ Take the ACT or SAT for the first time if not taken in the spring. (SAT recommended ONLY if you have finished Advanced Algebra / Trigonometry with a 90 or higher)

•□ Discuss possible college majors and career choices with your parents and other family members.

•□ Visit college campuses to narrow choices and continue investigating financial aid resources. The Etowah Foundation is an excellent resource (770) 382-1757, or visit http://www.etowah.org/

•□ Request applications and brochures from your top college choices.

•□ Get started on scholarship and college applications. See your senior Enlgish teacher to help write an effective essay.

 

SENIOR YEAR

AUGUST-SEPTEMBER

•□ BUG your advisors, homeroom teachers and counselors about scholarship opportunities. Be sure to listen to announcements and check the Senior Board for updates.

•□ Make your grades a priority - improved grades your senior year makes a good first impression.

•□ Attend information sessions hosted by colleges and universities such as the PROBE Fair.

•□ Get your applications in order by creating files for your target schools.

•□ Make a list of application requirements (essays, transcripts, letters of recommendation) and deadlines.

•□ Register to take the ACT, SAT, ACCESS, etc. and/or send scores to your prospective schools.

•□ Request letters of recommendation from your counselors or teachers. Make sure you give us ample time to accommodate your request.

•□ Work on college applications to prepare for any Early Decision December deadlines.

•□ Participate in work-based learning activities and programs if you qualify. (YAP)

•□ Athletes send transcripts to NCAA for eligibility purposes.

•□ Pass any GHSGT you need to graduate.

OCTOBER

•□ Talk to your parents about college costs and explore options for funding. Visit http://www.finaid.org/ to learn more.

•□ Attend financial aid workshops and begin reviewing the FAFSA form.

•□ Start applying for scholarships from private organizations. Check http://www.fastweb.com/ for new scholarships.

•□ Submit applications for Early Action or Early Decision to meet December deadlines.

•□ Mark college admissions, financial aid, and scholarship deadlines on your calendar.

•□ Don't forget about college visitation days. Be sure to include your parents!

JANUARY

•□ File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. You can do it online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

•□ Check with your prospective colleges about additional financial aid application forms and housing requirements.

•□ Urge your parents to begin organizing their tax receipts for preparation of their tax return early this year because a copy of their tax return is required on financial aid forms.

•□ If required, send mid-year reports to colleges to which you have applied.

FEBRUARY-APRIL

•□ Complete and submit scholarship and grant forms.

•□ Review and update your portfolio.

•□ Check the mail for admissions letters and financial aid notification. Bring Mr. Silver a copy!

•□ Compare your admissions offers and ask your parents, advisors and counselors to help weigh your options.

•□ Time for a decision! Most schools ask that you choose your school by May 1.

•□ Notify the school that you plan to attend and don't forget to make arrangements for housing.

MAY

•□ Don't forget to notify schools you have decided NOT to attend.

•□ Double-check any final deadlines such as housing and financial aid.

•□ Take AP and other exams.

•□ GRADUATION!!!!

REMEMBER: Ultimately, your life is YOUR responsibility. Don't wait for someone to hand you a golden ticket- go out and seek one for yourself!