Senior Year Checklist
June thru December
Check in with Mrs. Hibbs and make sure you are on track to graduate. Qualified Admission requirements have changed, so 4 years of math will be necessary, if you did not achieve a 22 on the Math portion of the ACT. If you did achieve a 22 on the Math ACT, you should still enroll in math. ;)
Consult Mrs. Hibbs’ webpage for local and state scholarship opportunities. Go to: Norwich School > Office > Counselor – Carla Hibbs > Local Scholarships and State and University Scholarships. Most local scholarships will roll around in January. Don’t forget the scholarship search engine in Career Cruising!
August thru December
Visit the college campuses that are of interest to you. Tour the campus, get answers to your questions, and visit with financial aid, professors, students, and/or coaches to help you narrow your choices. See Mrs. Hibbs for the paperwork you need to complete before you go. USD 331 provides two excused absences for college visitations.
If you haven’t kept track of your involvement during your high school years, you need to start this list now. Think of all of the activities, athletics, clubs, and community service projects you have completed during your high school career. Colleges and scholarship committees are looking for students who are involved. Having this list at your disposal makes scholarship and college applications a breeze! Include your hobbies and interests, extracurricular activities, volunteer/community service, and work experiences. When it’s finished, you can export it to Word or Docs and make it pretty and voila – your resume!
Most college applications and scholarships will ask for an essay that describes who you are, what motivates you, lessons learned, and/or why you have chosen this university. Writing this short essay in advance will speed up the application process later. Common Application essay prompts can be found here: http://www.commonapp.org/whats-appening/application-updates/common-application-announces-2017-2018-essay-prompts
October and November
Most schools have a priority deadline in the fall, starting as early as November 1. This priority includes admission, as well as scholarship opportunities.
If you plan to apply for federal financial aid, sit down with your parents and secure a FSA ID for your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your ID is used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online (statements, etc.). Create your ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. Record this information and keep it in a safe place so you can access your information every year!
To qualify for government financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans and work study opportunities), you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (FAFSA) EVERY YEAR you enroll at college. Go to: https://fafsa.ed.gov/. Your parent’s tax information is required for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (FAFSA), and many college financial aid priority deadlines are March 1 and March 15.
The FAFSA has changed over the last few years! The 2018-2019 FAFSA will use tax information from 2016. This allows the FAFSA to be submitted as early as October 1 every year instead of the old January 1 date. Heather Ward, an area financial aide director, is scheduled to be here late fall to answer questions. Stay tuned for more details!
December and January
Secure three people from school, church, the community, and/or the workplace who will write a letter of recommendation for you for upcoming scholarships. Ask the individuals to describe the nature of and length of your relationship, information about your character, your strengths, and his/her opinion of your potential success in a higher education setting. All scholarships have a deadline; asking for these letters to be written now will prevent you from missing out on deadlines later! Remember – you are asking others to do this favor for you – be respectful by giving them adequate time to write the letter. Two weeks is a respectable time frame, and asking in advance is the best practice!
January thru April