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Title: Extended Calendar of Senior College Responsibilities

Extended Calendar of Senior College
  • Finalize your college list, continue to research
    and visit colleges
  • Continue to discuss choices with parents

  • Your counselor will call you in for one extended
    appointment to review your college plans and
    evaluate them in light of your test scores and
    junior year grades. Your counselor will be
    calling in each senior and it is imperative that
    you are prepared for this meeting. It's a good
    idea to inform your parents of this meeting and
    to discuss your prospects for college choices and
    financial aid with them.
  • One of the counselors will be presenting a full
    period presentation on college admissions.
    Listen carefully and ask questions. Have your
    parents attend the Senior Parent College Evening
    in the fall and Financial Aid Night in January.
    Check the Guidance and Counseling web page for
    exact dates at http//www.sfhs.com/academics/guida

  • Check the College Representatives Schedule and
    attend those college sessions of interest to you.
    You must use a College Representative Pass if
    the session is held during class time. Remember
    that the representatives may be the very
    admission officer who reads and evaluates your
    application. See the College Representatives/Camp
    us Visits section for more information and check
    the Guidance and Counseling Website for the
    schedule of meetings.
  • Sign up for the October/November SAT I and/or SAT
    II Subject Tests or September or October ACT.
    The general recommendation is to always take the
    SAT I twice and the SAT II in Math twice as your
    second set of scores should improve. The UC and
    CSU systems will accept December scores but it is
    wise to use this date as a backup if you are
    unhappy with your October and/or November scores.
  • Write, call, or e-mail the colleges on your list
    and request admissions, financial aid, and, if
    appropriate, housing applications. Make sure you
    check your email frequently for communications
    from colleges. Fill out an organizer with all
    the admissions and financial aid deadlines for
    the colleges you are considering.

  • If you plan to participate in Division I or II
    athletics, you must be certified by the NCAA
    Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. You must
    register at the NCAA Eligibility Center at NCAA
    Eligibility Center. Continue to send in
    transcripts for each semester and make sure to
    send your ACT or SAT scores to NCAA.
  • Download a CSS Profile Registration Guide from to
    see if any of the colleges on your list require
    this financial aid application form. Be sure to
    give your parents enough time to help you fill
    out the CSS Profile and any college financial aid

  • If you plan to participate in Division I or II
    athletics, the NCAA Initial Eligibility
    Clearinghouse must certify you. You must
    register at the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Continue to send transcripts each semester. Also
    send NCAA a copy of your SAT I scores or ACT

  • Set aside plenty of time to draft, edit, and
    re-write application essays. One college essay
    will be due in your first semester English class.
    Your English teacher should have additional
    information on the application essay.
  • If you are applying early decision, make sure you
    have sent for the application and are aware of
    all due dates. Early decision is binding so make
    sure this is your first choice. Also check to
    see if any of the colleges on your list have
    early action or rolling admission plans. See the
    section in this notebook on this topic if you are
    not clear on the meaning of these terms.
  • Begin to send in applications be sure to keep
    copies of everything you send, including the date
    on which it was mailed on your organizer. UC
    applications must be filed between November 1 and
    30. CSU applications may be filed as early as
    October 1 but no later than November 30.

  • Send in your UC and CSU applications as soon as
    possible but no later than Nov. 30.
  • Continue to file admissions applications. Be
    sure to check that all forms are included,
    admissions, housing, and all financial aid forms
    required from each college. Check college
    application for this information.
  • Use one of the scholarship search programs
    available on computers in the Counseling Center
    or one of those available on the Internet. See
    the Financial Aid/Scholarship Section for more
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student
    Financial Aid (FAFSA) online at
    http//www.fafsa.ed.gov/ FAFSA can be filed
    between January 1 and March 1.
  • All requests for letters of recommendation from
    both teachers and your counselor must be turned
    in by
  • October 6th for EA or ED
  • and December 1 for all other admissions plans.
  • Turn in the Counselor Recommendation Packet to
    Mrs. Weber in the Counseling Center.
  • Hand your Teacher Recommendation Packet directly
    to your teacher.
  • Any request forms not turned in by December 1 may
    be sent late to your college.

  • File your last college applications. Find a way
    to thank the teacher(s) who are writing your
    letter(s) of recommendation. Thank your
  • If you've applied for early decision, you should
    have an answer by mid to late December.

  • Go to the front office and request the transcript
    of your first semester grades be sent to any
    colleges requesting them.
  • UC schools do not want first semester transcripts
    sent, but will scrutinize them when the final
    transcript is sent in June.
  • Check CSU policy by campus. Some CSU colleges
    require a 7th semester transcript.
  • Encourage your parents to attend our Financial
    Aid Night
  • Notify any colleges of a first semester course
    dropped or courses where D grades were earned. D
    grades may influence admission decisions, so
    contact the college(s) for guidance.
  • Work with your parents to complete the FAFSA on
    or as soon after January 1 as possible. Send it
    in no later than February 1. If the financial aid
    processor requests additional information in
    order to process your application, submit it
    promptly. A Cal Grant Grade Verification Form
    will be sent directly from Saint Francis to the
    state. If your cumulative GPA is a 3.0 or
    higher you may qualify for a state scholarship.

  • February / March
  • Monitor your applications to make sure that all
    materials have been sent and received on time.
  • If you sent in a FAFSA, a Student Aid Report
    (SAR) will be sent to you. Review your Student
    Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy. If necessary,
    correct any inaccurate items on the SAR and
    return it to the FAFSA processor (if you had a
    college transmit your FAFSA data directly, you
    must notify the college of any changes or
  • If you have not received a SAR four weeks after
    you file your FAFSA, call 1-800-4FED-AID to
    inquire about your application status. When a
    corrected SAR is returned to you, review it one
    more time. Then, if it is correct, keep a copy
    for your records. If a college requests your SAR,
    submit it promptly. Do this even if the SAR says
    you are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell
    Grant, as the college may be able to offer you
    other aid based on the information in that
  • If you haven't decided on a favorite campus, try
    to arrange a second visit. Talk to students and
    sit in on some classes so you can make an
    informed decision.

  • Review your financial aid award letters with your
    parents be sure that you understand the terms
    and conditions that apply to each type of aid
  • Decide on the one college that you will attend
    and send in your tuition deposit. Notify the
    other colleges that accepted you in writing that
    you have selected another school. This is an
    important step. Other students will be hoping to
    receive your spot! Be sure to respond by May 1.
  • If your first choice college places you on its
    waiting list, do not lose all hope. Some students
    are admitted off the waiting list. Contact the
    college, let the admissions office know you are
    still very interested, and notify the college of
    any recent changes to your academic profile, any
    recent honors or awards, and any new activities.
  • Remind your parents to check their eligibility
    for the HOPE and Lifetime Learning tax credits
    when they file their taxes. Next year, they may
    be able to reduce their taxes by up to 1,500 by
    claiming one of these credits for college

  • Work with your parents to establish a budget for
    your books, supplies, and living expenses.
    Determine how much of that budget grants and
    scholarships will cover, how much your parents
    will contribute, and how much you will need to
  • If you want to live on campus, and have not
    already done so, complete a housing/meal plan
  • Take Advanced Placement exams, if appropriate.

  • Saint Francis will automatically send a copy of
    your final transcript to the college you will
    attend. Notify the college of any private grants
    or scholarships you will receive.
  • Find out when payment for tuition, room, board,
    etc. will be due and investigate whether your
    college offers a tuition payment plan that lets
    you remit these charges in installments. Be sure
    you understand how financial aid will be
    disbursed and whether you can defer bill payment
    until the funds are available.
  • Apply for a summer job. Plan on saving a portion
    of your earnings for college.

  • Look for information from your new college about
    housing, orientation, course selection, etc. If
    your financial aid package included a Federal
    Work-Study award, it may be your responsibility
    to find an appropriate job. Plan to follow up
    with the financial aid office as soon as you
    arrive on campus.
  • Pack for college and look forward to a great
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