Seniors

Seniors2019-10-21T13:13:00-08:00

Please read this information and these take steps this year to move along the path to prepare yourself for career and college options.

Senior Career & College Prep List

Senior Career & College Prep List

2019-2020

  • Review SAT or ACT scores if tests were taken last year, to determine if they need to be retaken.
  • Register for SAT or ACT if not already taken or needs to be retaken.
  • Get an FSA ID: fsaid.ed.gov
  • Attend financial aid nights, workshops, and events
  • Research colleges/universities/career-technical schools and their majors and fields of training
  • Review transcript to be sure colleges’ admissions requirements can be met
  • Check and monitor college priority application and regular application deadlines
  • Attend college visitation events at your school
  • Narrow down list of colleges (3 colleges)
  • Begin work on college admissions and scholarship essays; have your ASPIRE mentor proofread your work
  • Fill out request forms for letters of recommendations to give to teachers, counselors and/or employers. Give letter writers at least 4 weeks advance notice.
  • Begin submitting college applications; monitor deadlines
  • If applying to a private college, find out if they will accept the Common Application; check the list of participating schools at CommonApp.org
  • Attend college/career fairs
  • Complete Oregon Promise application (community college applicants)
  • If you’ve been in foster care, check whether you are eligible for the Chafee Education and Training Grant
  • Attend an OSAC Finding Funds presentation or watch the video online
  • Create account in OSAC Student Portal
  • Start OSAC Personal Statements and Activity Chart
  • Explore local, regional and university scholarship opportunities
  • Apply for at least 60 scholarships
  • Complete FAFSA: Opens October 1, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or order tax transcript
  • Review Student Aid Report (SAR) and make FAFSA corrections
  • Undocumented students and DACA students: Complete ORSAA to be eligible for Oregon Promise, Oregon Opportunity Grant Funds, and OSAC Scholarships
  • Fill out request forms for letters of recommendations to give to teachers, counselors and/or employers. Give letter writers at least 4 weeks advance notice.
  • Review transcript to be sure colleges admissions requirements can be met
  • Attend college visitation events at your school
  • Planning on attending a private college? Find out if they require an additional financial aid application, the CSS Profile
  • If applying to a private college, find out if they will accept the Common Application; check the list of participating schools at CommonApp.org
  • Check to see if mid-year transcripts have been sent to colleges applied to
  • Complete Oregon Promise application (community college applicants)
  • Undocumented students and DACA students: Complete ORSSA to be eligible for Oregon Promise and/or Oregon Opportunity Grant Funds, and OSAC Scholarships
  • Track scholarship application deadlines
  • Request your high school sends your transcript for OSAC Scholarship Application
  • Feb 15: Submit OSAC application by Early Brid deadline; includes Activity Chart, personal statements, and transcript (Volunteers can help by proofreading everything before submission)
  • Check to see if mid-year transcripts have been sent to colleges applied to
  • Find an ECMC College Night event to attend
  • Be mindful of deadlines for accepting financial aid awards
  • Keep your grades up! Colleges pay close attention to the second half of senior year!
  • Notify all schools of your decision
  • If community college bound, take placement test
  • Be sure to request your year-end transcript is sent to the college you will be attending
  • Respond to all mail/email from your selected college
  • Register for housing, orientation and classes
  • Tour chosen campus
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