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The Road to College Senior Checklist

Senior Year-Fall Semester


o Start your personalized College Plan


o Narrow your list of schools; request catalogues and
admissions information.


o Check with your high school counseling office for
scholarship resources, including KHEAA’s Affording
Higher Education.


o Find out upcoming test dates for the SAT and/or ACT
and register in advance if you need to retake the test.
Higher scores can mean more cash for college!


o Prepare admissions applications; begin writing essays.


o Ask about dual credit classes in the spring.


o Meet with admissions representatives or schedule
visits to schools that interest you.


o Attend college fairs and financial aid nights.


o Request recommendations from teachers, employers
and counselors.


o Watch scholarship deadlines.


o Finish admissions essays and have proofed or
reviewed. Complete the admissions process for your
top choices by December 1.


o If you haven’t already, complete your personalized
copy of Getting the Facts at kheaa.com.

 

Spring Semester
 

o Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) at fafsa.gov as soon as possible after January 1!


o Review college acceptances, compare financial aid
offers and apply for local scholarships.


o Decide about a school and send in the deposit. Many
schools have a May 1 deadline.


o Request course descriptions and schedules.


o Review the Student Aid Report for accuracy based on
your FAFSA.


o Research AP or CLEP exams.


o Complete AP exams.


o Make sure you’ve returned all financial aid award
notices and acceptance forms.


o Consider finding a summer job.


o Sign up for early registration/orientation/housing.


o Look for KHEAA’s Surviving College publication at
kheaa.com.


o Look into summer enrichment programs at your
college.

 

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