Senior Timeline

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Senior Timeline2017-07-10T15:32:39+00:00

Pulling Your Applications Together

  • Narrow your list of colleges to between 5 and 10 and review it with your college counselor. Visit as many as possible.
  • Make a master calendar and note:
    • Test dates, fees, and deadlines
    • College application due dates
    • Required financial aid applications and their deadline.
    • Recommendations, transcripts, and other necessary materials
  • Write application essays and ask teachers, parents, and friends to read first drafts.

Applying Early Action or Early Decision

  • November 1: For early admissions, colleges may require test scores and applications in early November.
  • Send your SAT scores at and your ACT scores through
  • Ask if your college offers an early estimate of financial aid eligibility.

Application Details

  • Most regular applications are due between January 1 and February 15.
  • Keep copies of everything you send to colleges. Request your transcript be sent to the colleges through Mrs. Boice by filling out a Transcript Request Form.
  • Contact colleges to make sure they’ve received all your application materials.

Financial Aid:  Apply Early.  Apply Right.

  • You and your family should save this year’s pay stubs to estimate income on aid forms that you’ll file early next year.
  • Submit your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible. Men 18 or older must register for the selective service to receive federal financial aid.
  • Many priority financial aid deadlines fall in February. To get the most attractive award package, apply by the priority date. Keep copies of everything you send.
  • You should get acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April.
  • If you haven’t already, visit your final college before accepting.

May 1:  Making Your Final Choice

  • You must tell every college of your acceptance or rejection of offers of admission or financial aid by May 1.
  • Send a deposit to the college you choose.
  • Wait-listed? If you plan to enroll upon acceptance, tell the admissions director your intent and ask how to strengthen your application.
  • Need financial aid? Ask if funds will be available if you’re accepted.
  • Request that your final transcript be sent to your college through Mrs. Boice by filling out a Transcript Request Form.