SENIOR YEAR ACTION CHECKLIST

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      • Continue your challenging classes and keep your grades up.  DON’T get Senioritis!
      • Meet with counselor one on one to discuss post-high school plans.
      • Investigate a broad list of colleges and enter them in Naviance.
      • Consider and explore other opportunities, such as a gap year, work, military, apprenticeship programs, etc. 
      • Look for scholarship opportunities all year long. Check out our District resource.
      • Attend College Application Workshops for UC, CSU, Common Application, & Community College as needed.
      • Finalize Personal Insight Questions (UC) & Personal Essays (Private Colleges).
      • Get your college applications in as early as you can. UC APPLICATIONS DUE NOV 30 and CSU APPLICATION deadlines vary but many are due November 30th. Please check the college website
      • Follow up as needed by checking email often and creating accounts or portals for UC and CSU campuses you applied to.
      • Applying to Private Schools

    -Research colleges, check for individual deadlines and mark your calendar.
    -Decide if you will be applying early.
    -Create and Complete Common App as necessary.
    -Attend mandatory Common Application workshop.
    -Request letters of Recommendation through Naviance no later than NOVEMBER 20 for Regular Decision (earlier for EA/ED).
    -Request transcripts for Private School Applications and scholarships.
    -Complete supplemental essays.
    -Prepare for interviews by looking at common questions and doing mock interviews with others.
    -By January, follow through on any mid-year documentation requests.

      • CHECK EMAIL OFTEN - Look out for messages from colleges you’ve applied to.
      • Attend Financial Aid Workshop.
      • Beginning October 1 - Fill out financial aid forms such as FAFSA, CA DREAM ACT, CSS PROFILE etc. as needed.
      • Community College Applicants:  Attend CC workshops in early spring semester.
      • Follow through on registration, requirements, financial aid documents (if needed).
      • Complete FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application by or before MARCH 2nd.
      • Follow up on financial aid applications by reviewing your Student Aid Report (SAR) or California Aid Report (CAR). Make corrections if needed.
      • Write thank you notes to anyone who has helped you. (those who wrote letters, interviewers etc.).
      • Review financial aid offers for 4-year colleges and make a final decision by May 1.
      • Take the last of your IB/ AP exams and/or your finals, then enjoy a fabulous graduation!
      • Request final transcript to be sent to college you will attend in the fall.