College Action Plan for Seniors
Ø Check your A-G progress with Ms. Rojas and Mr. Coreas in the College Center.
Ø Create a College Board Account and sign up for the first SAT Exam in October.
Ø Fill out the "My College Goals" Worksheet and meet with your College Counselor.
Ø Develop a list of 5-10 colleges that are a good fit for you. Consider all 23 CSU campuses!
Ø Write essays that focus on your unique experiences and how you learned from challenges and took positive steps that apply what you learned.
Ø Update your resume or "brag sheet" – your list of accomplishments, involvements, and work experiences. You’ll need this to complete your UC and private college applications.
Ø Register for the SAT Test and ACT Plus Writing Test. Get fee waivers in the College Center.
Ø If you’re an AB 540 student, strongly consider joining A Place Called Home to be eligible for their scholarship program.
Notes for the SAT and ACT
Ø Remember to send your test scores at the time you first register! A lot of students plan to do this later, which costs them money (or they forget!). The SAT has a special code, 3594, that sends scores to all 23 CSU campuses. Also, send scores to only 1 UC—they will share with the others.
Ø You can take the SAT Subject test in Spanish to satisfy your A-G foreign language requirement.
Ø Some UC engineering and science departments require the Math Level II SAT Subject exam, along with at least 1 science exam.
CSU Awareness Month
Ø The UC & CSU applications are available beginning October 1st. Be sure to apply to the EOP program along with your CSU application. EOP provides great services that will help you succeed, including summer bridge programs, tutoring, and priority registration. There is a separate EOP application you must complete at the bottom of the “Apply Online” tab.
Ø Ask your teachers, coaches, and/or employers for letters of recommendation for EOP, private colleges, and/or scholarships. Give people at least 2 weeks to complete their recommendation.
Ø Keep working on UC & CSU applications. The deadline is November 30th. If you wait until the 29th, expect computer problems (slow or crashing website, etc.). Don't procrastinate!
Ø At least twice a week, check your email and your college web portals to see if your colleges require anything else or if they have important deadlines approaching.
Ø Follow up with your teachers to ensure that your EOP recommendation forms were submitted.
Ø You can finish most private college applications during winter break—most are due in January or February (one important exception: the USC deadline is Dec. 1st).
Ø Start working on financial aid during winter break. A recommended website is www.FAFSA4caster.ed.gov. This site will make it easier to complete your FAFSA later and will also give you a preview of the aid you may receive.
Ø Try to submit the FAFSA or California Dream Act application by Feb. 1st. Submit by March 2nd at the latest to qualify for a Cal Grant. Don’t procrastinate—private colleges often have a FAFSA and CSS PROFILE deadline in January!
Ø Attend a FAFSA workshop. The College Center will host at least two—stop by for dates and times.
Ø A week after submitting your financial aid application, check your Cal Grant status. If you cannot determine your Cal Grant status, see Ms. Rojas ASAP!
Ø If colleges require a midyear transcript, see Ms. Rojas for one.
Ø Colleges like to see strong senior year grades--A's and B's!! No D’s or F’s are allowed during the senior year, especially for UC and private college admission.
Ø Many private colleges require the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE in addition to the FAFSA or California Dream Act application.
Ø About 3 weeks after completing your online FAFSA you’ll receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). Review it for accuracy.
Ø March 2nd is the CSU and UC FAFSA and Cal Grant deadline (no exceptions!).
Ø Keep checking your email and web portals for important info from you colleges!
Ø Check your email and mail for admissions decisions!
Ø Research housing options at the college(s) you think you might attend. See if there are early application deadlines for preferred housing and also what payment deposits are required.
Ø Give Ms. Rojas copies of all admission and scholarship letters. This information will be used for our Senior Awards Night in May—you and your family deserve to be recognized for your accomplishments!
Ø Send in deposits or paperwork requested by colleges that you want to attend.
Ø Financial aid award letters will begin to arrive from each college. The letters will contain information regarding the specific types of aid being offered to you. See Ms. Rojas if you have questions!
Ø Choose your college. May 1st is the official national decision date. Notify ALL colleges that admitted you whether you will attend or not. You may lose your spot if you don’t notify the college you’ve chosen by May 1st.
Ø Research summer orientation programs. These are a great way to start college with momentum. They may help you get the best class schedule, which is important as a freshman. EOP often provides summer programs. If your EPT and/or ELM scores were low, you may be required to participate in an Early Start program.
Ø Complete your Senior Survey so that Ms. Rojas will know where to send your final transcript.
Ø Send Thank You notes to scholarship programs that have given to you.
Good luck! College is a time of life that most people cherish for the experiences, possibilities, and opportunities available.