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College Planning

College Planning During Your Senior Year

  • Continue to visit college campuses and try to meet with admissions officers
  • Mark your calendar with upcoming key dates during senior year (admissions deadlines, college visit tours)
  • Find out if any of your college choices make fall presentations including the College Night at Burlington County College
  • Request recommendations from teachers, counselors, coaches – don’t wait until last minute
  • Narrow your list of colleges and obtain any college applications.  Create a Common Application profile if necessary.
  • Begin working on your personal essay
  • Register for the October SAT/SATII if necessary. 
  • Review your complete high school transcript to be sure information is accurate
  • If you can’t afford application or test fees, check if you qualify for a fee waiver with your counselor
  • Organize your applications and components of your portfolio
  • Register for CSS Financial Aid PROFILE if necessary

  • Continue attending college fairs to investigate further colleges
  • Prepare information needed for applications
  • Send in applications if you are applying Early Decision or Early Action
  • Take the SAT I or ACT
  • Confirm all college application deadlines
  • Thank teachers for their recommendations
  • Complete college essays and ask teachers to read your first draft
  • Explore sources of financial aid.  Begin Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with parent/guardian help if possible.
  • Research available scholarships.  Check Naviance "Scholarships" section.  
  • Early admission/Early decision applications are due
  • Continue to meet with college reps
  • Set up and prepare for college interviews
  • Study!!! Don’t be a victim of senioritis
  • Complete at least one college application by Thanksgiving – always make copies of everything before you mail anything out

  • You should complete SAT I, SAT II and ACT testing by this month
  • If accepted early decision, withdraw applications to all other colleges
  • Have your test scores sent to all of the colleges to which you are applying
  • Continue working on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
  • Check with your prospective schools about additional financial aid forms

  • Maintain a strong senior year.  Colleges are sent midyear reports!
  • Complete the FAFSA and send it
  • Continue to research scholarship information
  • Check to see if the colleges you applied to want a mid year report

  • Check that colleges have received all materials
  • Carefully read all information from colleges, including acceptance procedures, financial aid, housing, etc.
  • If you have been wait-listed, the college will want to know what you have accomplished between the time you applied and learned of its decision
  • About three-four weeks after submitting your FAFSA, you’ll receive the Student Aid Report (SAR). Review it for accuracy
  • Continue to research scholarship opportunities

  • If accepted by a college, notify your counselor and update Naviance.
  • Register for AP exams
  • Review financial aid packages
  • Study for AP exams
  • Continue to research scholarship opportunities

  • Make final college selection and send deposit
  • Take Advanced Placement exams as appropriate
  • Inform colleges you will not be attending that you have declined their offer
  • Continue to apply for scholarships
  • Check deadlines for housing, financial aid, freshmen orientations, etc.
  • Complete the Senior Information Sheet for Class Night
  • Request a final transcript which will be sent to the college of your choice
  • Look for information from your new college on summer orientation, skills testing, etc.
  • Attend Class Night
  • Send thank you notes to scholarship programs that have given you aid
Financial Aid Resources
FAFSA Application (
Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (