Pre-College checklist/What to do before it's too late

  • Things to do Junior year:

    August: Sign up for free lunch if you qualify
    If you plan to play sports in college be sure to apply for the NCAA clearinghouse, visit the website and inform your counselor.

    September: Put together a list of 10 colleges that you would like to attend, and research them

    October: Take the PSAT

    November- February: Continue researching colleges, attend workshops and seminars, investigate financial aid and scholarships.
    Meet with your counselor to ensure that you are on track for graduation and college

    March: Register for SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject, and/or ACT

    April: Register for SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject, and/or ACT

    May: Compile information, essays and references for scholarships. 
    Take SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject, and/or ACT
    Sign up for summer school or night school if needed

    June: Take SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject, and/or ACT
    Sign up for summer school or night school if needed

     

     

    Things to do Senior Year:

    August: Apply for free lunch (this information is used for fee waivers and scholarships)
    Review career & college choices. 
    Register for SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject, and/or ACT
    Get college applications online
    Compile essays, letters of recommendation, brag sheet, list of awards, and transcripts for scholarship and college applications
    If you plan to play sports in college be sure to apply for the NCAA clearinghouse, visit the website and inform your counselor ncaaclearinghouse.net

     

    September: Get applications and info on the colleges you will apply to, including fees, deadlines, and which require letters of recommendation. 
    Register for SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject, and/or ACT
    Apply for scholarships
    Make sure your transcript has all classes not taken at Muir on it.

    Log on to Naviance.com to keep track of you college applications. 

     

    October: Fill out college applications. 

    Attend college nights, & seminars. .
    Fill out CSS Profile if your school requires it. 
    Register for SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject, and/or ACT
    Apply for scholarships
    Meet with your Counselor to ensure that you are on the right path for graduation and college.

    Make sure Dr. Gonzalez has your correct Social Security Number for the Cal Grants. She must have this information by February 15th.
    Continue applying for scholarships.

    Submit FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov by March 2. Keep copies of all forms.
    Apply for scholarships.

     

    November: Send college applications. 
    Apply for scholarships.

    Ensure that you are keeping your Naviance account up to date: transfer the colleges your are applying to from the "Colleges I'm thinking about section," request transcripts, request letters of rec.
    Apply for PIN for FAFSA through www.pin.ed.gov

    Submit FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov by March 2. Keep copies of all forms.
    Apply for scholarships.

     

    December: Begin preparing your FAFSA
    Must take SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject, and/or ACT if you have not done so.

    Apply for scholarships

    Ensure that Naviance is updated

    Take the EPT/ELM test for Cal State Schools

    Submit FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov by March 2. Keep copies of all forms.
    Apply for scholarships

     

    January: Submit FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov by March 2. Keep copies of all forms.
    Apply for scholarships.

     

    February: Make sure Dr. Gonzalez has your correct Social Security Number for the Cal Grants. She must have this information by February 15th.
    Continue applying for scholarships.

    Submit FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov by March 2. Keep copies of all forms.
    Apply for scholarships.

     

    March: Continue applying for scholarships.
    Be sure to meet with your counselor.

    Give Dr. Gonzalez a copy of your acceptance letter or scholarships.

     

    April: Continue applying for scholarships.

    Give Dr. Gonzalez a copy of your acceptance letter or scholarships.



    May: Continue applying for scholarships
    Give Dr. Gonzalez a copy of your acceptance letter or scholarships.

     

    June: Continue applying for scholarships