- Narrow your list of post secondary options. Download college applications and financial aid forms.
- Create a master list or calendar that includes:
college application due dates, feesfinancial aid application forms required and their deadlines(aid applications may be due before college applications)other materials you will need such as recommendations and transcriptsyour high schools application processing deadlines(how far in advance do you need to request transcripts, recommendations)
- Ask for recommendations well in advance of your deadline. Make sure to provide a profile of information about you, your goals, interests and accomplishments for the recommendation writer. (Think about who you will ask to write the recommendation- preferably someone who KNOWS you and LIKES you).
- If you are submitting essays, write the first draft and ask teachers and others to review them.
- If you did not have your scores sent to the colleges you are applying to, contact College Board and ACT to have scores sent.
- Attend credit check meeting with counselor to review graduation status and postsecondary plans (September)
- Register for the ACT and/or SAT if higher scores are needed (check current costs on website or in school counseling office) www.act.org, www.collegeboard.com
- Take the ACT and/or SAT if needed (tests are on various Saturdays Sept-June).
- Complete and submit college admissions applications (if eligible for test waivers may be eligible for fee waivers- check with counselor)
- Complete scholarship applications
- Apply for spring Dual Enrollment courses (if eligible).
- Complete the online Florida Financial Aid Application for Bright Futures (beginning December 1).
- Turn community service hour forms in to your school counseling office to make sure they are in the system for the 7th semester Bright Futures evaluation.
- Attend a Financial Aid Night at a school for parents and students (Dec/Jan).
- Attend a BEACON financial aid session for seniors at your school (Jan/Feb).
- Apply for a PIN for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (for student and parent).
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens January 1.
- Go online to check Bright Futures status in late February and July.
- Review financial aid packages generated by your FAFSA.
- If you plan to compete in athletics in college make sure you have submitted the fees and final transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
- Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in March www.flvc.org .
- Have final transcript sent to college, NCAA.
- Check 8th semester Bright Futures evaluation. Make sure the college you plan to attend is listed on the application.
- Check YOUR Bright Futures eligibility online in July www.flvc.org .
Make note of the following:Class Rank, State GPA (unweighted), District GPA (weighted), Bright Futures GPA (found only at FLVC.org), SAT Scores, ACT Scores, PERT