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Senior Year Planning Calendar

September

All:

  • Stay up to date on scholarship searches. (The El Dorado County Scholarship website won’t be available until October). There are many scholarships are available specifically for students attending community college and trade schools as well!
  • Volunteer!
  • Research careers of interest using California Career Zone.

     

    4 Year Colleges/Universities:

  • Create a list of awards, activities, etc. that you participated in throughout High School. You’ll need to report these on college and scholarship apps! This document may help you get started.
  • Begin identifying teachers for letters of recommendation. Many scholarships and some schools also require letters of recommendation from your counselor. Be sure to fill out a ‘Letter of Recommendation Profile’ before requesting your letters.
  • Begin checking out college applications on line. UC app opened in August! Check it out HERE
  • Narrow down your college and major choices and decide where you will apply.
  • Register to retake ACT and/or SAT in Oct. or Nov. if necessary .Check if your top colleges require SAT Subject exams or the written portion of the tests. 
  • Confirm application deadlines for the universities or colleges for which you are going to apply.
  • Discuss early action or early decision to a university with your counselor.

 

October

All

  • Attend the Regional College Fair – Community Colleges, Military and Trade Schools will also be represented.
  • Continue working on scholarships –the local scholarship website, www.CALocalscholarships.org, should be open in mid October. Visit the career center for more scholarship information.
  • FAFSA opens in October using prior, prior tax year information. Apply HERE
  • Continue researching careers and working on your plan to get there!
  • Plan to take the ASVAB test if you are still not sure of career choice, or are Military bound.

     

        4 Year Colleges/Universities:

  • Check out ‘Preview Days’ or college open houses – a great way to help make decisions.
  • Follow through getting your letters of recommendations completed.
  • Take the ACT, SAT or Subject tests as necessary.
  • Confirm which universities require a transcript to be sent with your application. Come to the Career Center to initiate the procedure for sending official transcripts.
  • Work on your college essay questions (if applicable). Have your English teacher and counselor assist you in this process.
  • Apply to CSU’s, and most private universities. Apply to the CSU’s on Cal State Apply

 

Community College

  • Begin considering which community college is right for you at www.cccco.edu
  • Want an early start? Apply early to FLC college at www.flc.losrios.edu

    Military

  • Sign up for the ASVAB test this month. Check out www.myfuture.com to research military jobs.
  • If you are interested in the Armed Services and have not yet spoken to a recruiter, you should do so. See Ms. Dewater in the Career Center for assistance.

 

November

All

  • Cash for College night in the UM Library – file your FAFSA with help from experts
  • Continue scholarship searches and send in scholarship applications.
  • Work on your resume! Everyone will need a resume at some point. Get started on it now and see your counselor or Ms. Dewater if you need assistance.

 

Community College

  • Apply early to FLC and begin completing orientation and academic planning. Be ready for spring!

 

4 Year Colleges/Universities

  • Continue to send in college applications and acquire necessary documentation to complete forms. UC application window is Nov. 1st -30th! Apply online at www.universityofcalifornia.edu
  • CSU’s are due by the end of November as well.
  • Keep your grades up. If your grades slip in your senior year colleges may rescind (take away) your acceptance.
  • Last chance to register for SAT’s and ACT’s. For most colleges, this is the last opportunity to take them!

 

December

All

  • Study for finals!
  • Continue scholarship search and send in scholarship applications.
  • Complete your FAFSA on line at www.fafsa.gov. All seniors should apply!

 

January

All

  • Talk to your counselor to ensure you are on track for graduation and for the college or career of your choice.
  • Continue scholarship search and send in scholarship applications
  • Activate your Cal Grant WebGrant at www.webgrants4students.org

     

    4 Year Colleges/Universities

  • Send transcripts, if required, to universities you applied to.
  • Check your e-mail and school portals for any communication from your colleges.
  • Apply for your college’s honors programs, or housing, if applicable.

February

All

  • Continue scholarship search and send in scholarship applications. Most local applications are due at the beginning of March.
  • Activate your Cal Grant webgrant at www.webgrants4students.org, if you have not done so.
  • Finalize your FAFSA form – it is due March 2nd!

     

    4 Year Colleges/Universities

  • You may begin to receive acceptance/denial letters from private universities. Be sure to read all information thoroughly!
  • Check your e-mail and school portals for any communication from your colleges.
  • Check with colleges that they have received all necessary materials. Send in any necessary information (transcript, application fee, test scores, etc.)

 

Community Colleges/Trade Schools

  • Finalize your choice of schools.See your counselor or Ms. Dewater if you need assistance.
  • Begin the Community College application process!
  • Begin application process to Trade Schools if you have not done so.

Military

  • Continue to work with your recruiter and keep your grades up. Make plans to take the ASVAB if you have not done so already.

 

March

All

  • Continue scholarship search and send in scholarship applications.
  • Most EDC scholarships are due MARCH 1st!
  • FAFSA/ CAL GRANT DEADLINE IS MARCH 2ND!
  • Attend Career Expo for internships, summer jobs and career networking. Great place for apprenticeship programs and job shadow opportunities.
  • Register for AP exams if applicable.

    4 Year Colleges/Universities

  • Check your e-mail and school portals for any communication from your colleges. If colleges request additional information, send immediately!
  • Notify your counselor of any acceptances or problems with your application process.
  • You should hear from most CSUs and UCs by the end of the month

 

Community College/Trade Schools

  • Upload transcripts for placement, if needed, and complete orientation.
  • Make an appointment to see a Community College Counselor for APS session.
  • Make sure FAFSA is complete for free tuition

April

All

  • Carefully consider financial aid packages as they arrive.
  • Continue scholarship search and send in scholarship applications 

    4 Year Colleges/Universities

  • Finalize your university selection – letters of intent are due by May 1st
  • Visit any college that has accepted you if you have not done this already.
  • Carefully follow college acceptance instructions, including applying for housing if you have not done so already.
  • Take placement exams as directed by your college.

 

Community Colleges/Trade Schools

  • Apply on line if you have not done so. See Ms. Dewater or your counselor for more info.
  • Take placement tests if you have not done so, and make a college counseling appointment – be prepared to register for classes.

May

All

  • Prepare for and take AP exams if applicable.
  • Make your final college/trade school/military/career selection if you have not done so.
  • Talk to your counselor for any additional assistance with financial aid, housing, etc.
  • KEEP YOUR GRADES UP!!!DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY BECAUSE YOU GOT TIRED THE LAST FEW WEEKS OF SCHOOL!!! FINISH STRONG!!!
  • Be sure that you have followed through on all financial aid offers.
  • Complete graduation survey in the Career Center.

4 Year Colleges/Universities

  • Be sure to notify colleges you are declining by the end of this month if you have not done so.
  • Take placement tests as required.
  • Order your final official high school transcript and have it sent to the college you will attend.
  • Make final arrangements and pay deposits for housing.
  • Sign up for your college’s Freshman Orientation.

 

Community Colleges

  • Attend a "schedule building" workshop
  • Register for classes early! If you procrastinate you will not get the classes you want and this could mean more time to complete your degree objective.

Trades/Careers

  • Be sure to have a resume and obtain letters of reference from a couple of adults who know you well.
  • If you are still undecided, see your counselor or Ms. Dewater for assistance.

 

 
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