Senior Timeline

Senior Timeline

This is a suggested timeline, and it is not intended to be an absolute to do list foryoursenior year.

September-October:

*Take or retake the ACT and/or SAT College Entrance Exams. Most colleges accept both tests,and most students take these extremely important tests as juniors. Many retake it as scniors totry to improve their scores.

* Meet with your adviser! lf you haven't had a chance to sit down with your adviser yet, set upa senior conference with them immediately.

*Start checking for scholarship applícations. Scholarships are not just for the "straightA"students. Don't miss out; check in often.

*Meet with the college admissions representatives visiting PHS. They will be set up at theentrance to the cafeteria during lunch." Visit some colleges. lf you haven't done this already, try to schedule some college visitsduring the fall. Call before and set up an appointment with an admissions representative so youcan get the full effect.

*Gather all applications materials. Get an application packet from every college you are thinking about applying to. lf you are applying to an out-of-state or prívate college, you will probably need to call or email the admissions office to request the materials. Once you have all the application packets, read through them to get a feel of what's required and what's involved in applying. You will be able to apply to most colleges online through GAFutures (http://gsfc.georgia.gov/).

*Start your college application essay(s) early. Most schools require essays as part of their application packets. Even if the essay is optional, do it! lt is the fìrst "test" to see how muchtime you will spend on that college's application. Get the topic and start writing it early. Try to make your essay compelling and be sure ít reflects your best effort. Give it lots of thought, edit, spell-check, and ask for feedback from an English teacher, counselor, parent, etc. Additionally, Mrs. Goggans has forms in her office to help you get started on your essays--go get these!

*Finalize your college choices. Decide on a minimum of three potential colleges. You should bethinkÍng about some "reach" schools, "comfortable" choices, and a "safety'' school. This pertains to academic as well as fìnancíal consideratíons.

*Make a list; check it twice. Make a checklist for each of the colleges you are going to apply to.  lnclude all the pieces of information that need to be assembled (i.e. forms, recommendatíons,essays, transcripts, etc.) and all deadlines (including when the application must be postmarkedby). This will help you break the application job into smaller parts. lt will also help you stay organized. Mrs. Goggans has copíes in her office of a form that wíll help you get started--go get one!

*Request recommendation letters. NOW is the time to ask teachers (from your junior and senior years), counselors, coaches, and employers for letters of recommendation related to your activities and employment. Please come get the Senior Profile Forms and the Letter of Recommendation Tips form from Mrs. Goggans. These will go a long way towards helping thepeople who are writing these letters for you write the BEST letter for you!

.Try to complete your college applications by the end of October. Even if the college's official deadline is May 1 , it's better to get your application in by November 1. you'll be ahead of the game and able to shift your focus to financial aid applications, scholarships, and simply enjoy your senior year..

PARENTS - FAFSA. Be sure to go ahead now and visit the FAFSA website (https:/./fafsa.ed.gov). This is a valuable resource for applying for federal student aid. The Financial Aid Office at Georgia Highlands College has offered to help anyone fill out their FAFSA forms. Give them a call and set up an appointment asap..PARENTS - Call the financial aid offices to find out if they require any other special financial forms. This is most common at private colleges. lf they require specialised forms, ask them tomail them to you now. (ex. CSS/FinancialAid profile).

November:*

College applications should be completed and submitted this month. ln the best-case scenario,submit by November 1. Attend special programs, such as college fairs and the College FinancialAid Seminars. Floyd County Schools will offer a Financial Aid night this fall--be on the lookout for information about that event.

*Contínue checking for scholarship applications every week.

December:
*lf you are still applying to colleges, get those applications filled out and submitted as soon as possible, allowing three weeks for processing. Keep in mind counselors are often on vacatíon over the December recess; not reviewing college applications. January 1st deadlines should be turned in to your counselor by December 1st at the latest.

January-February:

*January and February are financial aid Months. stay on top of deadlines.*Get your íncome tax returns prepared early. Colleges may request them, and you will need tax information to complete the FAFSA.

*Complete the FAFSA form. Submit the form as soon as possible after January 1st. Some schools required it as early as February 1. You improve your chances of receiving federal financial aid ifyou submit your forms early. Colleges are handing out aid as the applications come in and they are limited to how much they can give. Get your application in late and alltheir available money may be gone.

*Remember to keep copíes of all financial aid forms you submit.*Apply for outside funding and scholarships. Keep checking for scholarships ín the Guidance office and on the Senior Class 2017 Remind. ln addition, explore other sources. For example, parents míght belong to organizations or work in businesses that award scholarships. Ask around.Visit fastweb.com, the lnternet's largest free scholarship search.

February-March:

*make sure your FAFSA has been filled out and submitted.*Check on mid-year transcripts. Did you tell your counselor which colleges want míd-year transcripts? stop by the Guidance office and confirm they were sent.

*Watch for your Student Aid Report (SAR). This one-page summary of the FAFSA information you submitted is sent to you to confirm the accuracy of all the data one last time before it is forwarded to your colleges. Occasionally the SAR will note that information is missing or incomplete. In all cases, follow directions on the SAR and return as quickly as possible. lf you have not received your Student Ald Report within fìve weeks after sending in your FAFSA, contact the FederalStudent Aid lnformation Center at (301 ) 722-9300. The report arrives by mail or by email if you filed the FAFSA electronicalty."Rank your college choices while you wait for responses to your applications.

April:

*Watch the mail for college acceptance letters. They typically start arriving in April.
*Compare the financíal aid packages from each college. lf a fÌnancial aid offer is not what you expected, do not hesitate to contact the college's fìnancialaid office to discuss your concerns.They may have the ability to add to the offer.
*Make a decision which college you will attend and send them your formal acceptance.

Additional Notes The First SAT is offered in October--get online and register if you plan to take it asap.  The First ACT is offered in September--get online and register if you plan to take it asap.  Practice books for the SAT/ACT are free from the College Board. Take the practice test(time yourself as if you were taking the real test), check your answers, and fix any incorrect responses as a study tool.
***PLEASE bring copies of any scholarship offers, applications, and acceptance letters to Mrs. Goggans.