Senior Year Checklist
May of Junior Year
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. ;)
September and October
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!
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 from Career Cruising to Word or Docs, 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. Your transcript can be found in Skyward under the Report Cards tab.
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!
Any student wishing to receive federal student aid (including grants, work-study, and loans) for college or technical training must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2018-19 FAFSA will use tax information from 2016, allowing parents and students to submit the FAFSA as early as October 1st. Visit studentaid.gov for more information. Federal Student Aid has also produced short, helpful videos you might want to consider watching as you prepare to complete the FAFSA.
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; asking in advance is the best practice!
January, February, March