Your Senior College Packet is required to be submitted to your counselor prior to requesting a counselor letter of recommendation, or by the end of November. If you are applying Early Decision or Early Action, your deadline will be sooner than this, depending on individual college application due dates.
I. MAKE A TIMELINE OF ALL YOUR APPLICATION DUE DATES
Count back 2 weeks from your earliest application due date - that is the LAST day you may meet with your counselor for a letter of recommendation (add in additional time to account for holiday breaks!)
This is also the target date for you to have your application materials completed.
II. COLLECT required ITEMS FOR YOUR SENIOR COLLEGE PACKET (see next section: required documents)
Your completed “Recommender’s Cover Sheet”/College Tracking Spreadsheet
Completed Reference Form
Copy of one of your college essays (optional)
Any additional supplemental college material you would like counselor feedback on (optional)
III. MEET WITH YOUR COUNSELOR
Once you have completed and the entire Senior College Packet items, you may make an appointment with your counselor to discuss your college application materials, your counselor recommendation letter (if needed) and ask clarifying questions prior to submitting your applications to colleges.
Consider setting up a visit or interview with potential colleges if the opportunity is available
Build on and revise your activities list, resume, reference form, and college essays.
Mark down dates and times of college representative visits to Tesla STEM for institutions you will be applying to. Attend College Visits right at STEM! (September-November).
Finalize the list of colleges you will be applying to and update your College Selection spreadsheet (handbook, page 19) with application deadlines & important details and send to your counselor before your senior meeting.
If needed, send your official SAT/ACT test scores from College Board to any colleges that require it (this is not required if the college allows you to self-report)
October 1st: FAFSA opens
EVERYONE SHOULD COMPLETE A FAFSA
There’s no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid.
Ineligible for FAFSA?You may qualify through the WAFSA!
Most people qualify for some type of financial aid, including low-interest federal student loans. Many factors besides income—such as your family size and your year in school—are considered to determine your aid package.
Did you know?
When you fill out the FAFSA form, you’re also automatically applying for funds from your state, and possibly from your school, in addition to federal student aid!
Did you know?
Some schools cannot consider you for scholarships (including academic scholarships) unless you’ve submitted a FAFSA form!
Don’t make assumptions about what you’ll get—fill out the application and find out!
Early action students : submit by 1st college app deadline
Regular DECISION students: Submit by colleges' set financial aid deadline
The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile is required by some private colleges to be considered for institutional financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Visit PROFILE on College Board. Be sure to note your college’s CSS Profile deadline date.
Keep Studying - your 1st semester senior grades will be requested by most colleges
Complete all university applications (most are due November - December) Community college applications can wait until April for this step!
Students should have completed their Senior Meeting with their counselor by the end of November. Schedule follow-up meetings as needed for extra help
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