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

     

     

     

    2017-2018

    Important Information for John Muir Students

    Websites

    John Muir website: www.johnmuirhs.org     UC Doorways for Muir A-G Classes: https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/

    For UC applications, go to  http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions

    For CA State applications, go to  https://www2.calstate.edu/apply  For the Common App go to www.commonapp.org

    For the EPT/ELM test for Cal States, go to  https://ept-elm.ets.org/CSU/             

    To Apply to PCC, go to http://www.pasadena.edu/admissions/apply/

    To apply for the SAT Reasoning SAT Subject tests or ACT go to www.collegeboard.org/reg          www.ACT.org

    For Scholarships, go to  www.fastweb.com   and www.scholarships.com and  www.college-scholarships.com

    For NCAA Clearinghouse, go to https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/

    Beginning Oct 1, for FAFSA go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/  (BE SURE TO SIGN UP FOR 2018-2019)

    Cal Grant status: www.webgrants4students.org                    Dream Act Application: https://dreamcsac.ca.gov/

    To compare colleges and get information go to    www.anycollege.com or www.collegeboard.com

    Naviance Website: www.connection.naviance.com/johnmuir        Be sure to sign the FERPA waiver on Naviance

     

    Financial Aid

    • Gift Aid -Pell Grant (through the FAFSA) and Cal Grant A& B are offered through the government, student must meet academic and financial eligibility.
    • Self Help Aid – Loans (Stafford, Perkins, and Plus) and work-study          
    • Local scholarships –Check the John Muir website and Naviance
    • Other scholarships – Internet, books, organizations, companies, and see websites above

    College applications are due at differnt times.

    College Application Due Dates:  Early Action varies for each college

     The University you are applying to??                               

    Loyola Marymount      Jan 15

    University of Michigan      Feb 1

    UC and Cal State  Now –November 30th

    Claremont Colleges     Jan 1

    Harvard  College     Jan 1

    USC   Dec 1st and January 15

    Occidental                   Jan 15

    Howard & Spelman     Feb 1