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  and send test scores to your selected schools.
    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. 

              Students must log onto:     www.connection.naviance.com/JohnMuir

    The log in is the difficult part.  To log in, enter the following:

     USERNAME:   First 2 letters of Last name   

    Followed by Last 4 numbers of ID               

    Followed by First 2 letters of First name 

    Followed by Birth Month and Birth day       

     Password: Your Muir Student ID

     For example, my information is:  Nancy Heusser, ID # 123456, DOB: 05/01/1970   

    So my username is:  He3456Na0501 Password: 123456 (student ID)

     

    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.

    For the Cal Grant, make sure that your transcript is up to date.  For example if you repeated a class, there must be an "r" next to the poor grade and the units should be zeroed out. 

    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

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Check list for John Muir Seniors

    College Applications- Check deadlines

     

    UC Application, Due Now –Nov 30th

    Cal State Application, Due Now –Nov 30th

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    EOP- The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides assistance through mentorship, academic programs, financial assistance, counseling/advising, and other campus support services to those who are first-generation college students, and/or from low-income and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. To be considered for EOP, you should indicate your interest when you complete the online college application, then you must fill out the EOP Application. 

              I have signed up for EOP through the UC and Cal state Applications

               I have completed the EOP Application

     

    Biliteracy Award:  if you took AP Spanish or are taking AP Spanish and have always received A and B grades in Spanish and English, then you qualify for this award.  If you have not take/or are not taking AP Spanish  then you can take the SAT Subject test in Spanish to qualify. You should also have passed your SBAC English test with a 3 or 4.

    I qualify for the Biliteracy Award through my grades in Spanish classes and English classes

    I need to take the SAT subject to qualify

    I do not qualify for the Biliteracy Award

     

    FAFSA

     Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. You will need this in order to complete your 2016-2017 FAFSA.

    Your parent/guardian will also need to create an FSA ID.

    Check with colleges to which you are applying to determine if you need to complete the CSS/Financial Aid Profile

    If you are an undocumented/DACA/AB540 student, fill out  the dream act. https://dream.csac.ca.gov/    

     

    You will need:

    Your parent(s) 2015 Federal Income Tax Return (Only the first 2 pages). If your parent(s) have not filed their taxes bring 2014 Tax Return or the FAFSA Worksheet.

    Your Social Security Card/alien registration card or permanent resident card.  It is important that you enter your Number correctly.

    Parent(s) date of birth and if they are LEGALLY married/divorced/separated; the month and year they were married/divorced/separated.