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Students: 12th Grade Checklist

It's A Plan: 12th Grade Checklists

College is right around the corner. Keep track of deadlines and stay on top of paperwork with our monthly checklists.

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WINTER
SPRING
SUMMER
  • SEPTEMBER

    • Make a post-high school plan.

      Make a list of three careers you are interested in and the training or education (including program or major) you will need.

      Review your options for types of colleges and think about the most important criteria in choosing a college.
            Compare net prices of colleges to know what to expect.

      Make a list of five colleges you are interested in with deadline information.
    • Stay on track.

      Review your transcript and your senior year class schedule with your counselor to make sure you have the classes you need to graduate and apply to college.
    • Clean up your online act.

      Create a professional e-mail.

      Control privacy settings on social media accounts.
    • Explore how to pay for college.

      Explore financial aid and scholarships and make a list of deadline information.

      Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID in order to be able to apply to FAFSA when it opens Oct. 1.

      Gather all of the information you will need to apply for federal financial aid.
    • Sign up for the SAT or ACT.

      Sign up for the ACT or SAT if you haven’t taken it or want to re-take it.

      Prepare for the tests with ACT or SAT free test prep online.
    • Look out for special circumstances.

      If you are interested in the arts, military or playing sports in college, make sure you know deadlines and special requirements for these programs.

      If you are an undocumented student, you may be eligible for in-state tuition at public community colleges and universities as well as state financial aid.

      If you are male, you must register with Selective Service within 30 days (before or after) of your 18th birthday. If you do not register, you will not be eligible for federal financial aid for college.

      If you have a special circumstance (for example, you are in foster care, homeless, a teen parent and/or have a disability) talk to a trusted adult and explore specific resources and support services for your situation.

    OCTOBER

    NOVEMBER

    • Finalize your list of colleges.

      Finalize your list of colleges - 3-5 is a good number. Always have a backup plan!

      Visit colleges and attend college fairs, if possible, or find student reviews online.


      Add all of the schools where you plan to apply to the FAFSA.
    • Be prepared.

      Check on deadlines and gather all of the information you will need to apply to colleges, the FAFSA if you haven't done so already and/or scholarships. This might include essays and/or a list of your activities and accomplishments.
    • APPLY!

      November is Oregon College Application Month. Fill out and submit applications for college, job training, or other post-high school plans.

      Questions about the application? Look here for answers or ask an adult.

      Complete the FAFSA if you haven’t done so already, as well as other financial aid and scholarship applications.
    • Follow up.

      Make sure that your high school transcript, SAT or ACT test scores, letters of recommendation and other supplemental materials are sent to colleges.

      Check your e-mail regularly – this will be the main way colleges contact you!
  • DECEMBER

    • Finish applying to colleges.

      Fill out and submit any lingering applications for college, job training, or other post-high school plans.
    • Talk to current college students.

      Connect with alumni from your high school who may be home on break or reach out to college students on social media. Ask questions about their experience in college and what they wish they knew their senior year.
    • Get set for scholarships.

      Create an OSAC profile and begin filling out the application information if you haven't done so already.

      Update your list of scholarships that you plan to apply to by using free scholarship search engines.
    • Catch up on details.

      Use the winter break to catch up on any tasks you haven’t yet completed for college applications and financial aid.

    JANUARY

    • Complete the FAFSA.

      If you haven't done so already, fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be eligible for federal grants, loans and work-study funds.

      The Student Aid Report is a summary of what you filled out on the FAFSA - make sure that all of the information is correct and make any changes if necessary by March 15.
    • Continue applying for scholarships.

      Update your OSAC profile and continue filling out the application information.

      Update your list of scholarships you plan to apply to.
    • Make a summer plan.

      It’s not too early to start thinking about the summer. Consider applying for a summer camp or program at a university, or an internship or job in a field you’re interested in.

      Remember that many college orientations happen during the summer so make sure you include that in your plans!
    • Register with Selective Service.

      If you are male, you must register with Selective Service within 30 days (before or after) of your 18th birthday. If you do not register, you will not be eligible for federal financial aid for college.

    FEBRUARY

    • Apply for scholarships.

      Write and edit your scholarship essay(s). Ask a teacher or adult to help proof your final version.

      Apply to as many scholarships as you can!

      The Early Bird Deadline for the OSAC Scholarship Application is mid-February; final deadline is March 1.
    • Visit campus.

      Many colleges hold special Preview Days for admitted students; make an effort to attend and get to know the campus and the people!
    • Get a check up.

      Colleges in Oregon require (Measles) or recommend (flu, HPV, Hepatitis B) certain immunizations before enrolling. Make sure you are healthy and ready to go!
    • Confirm FAFSA info.

      The Student Aid Report is a summary of what you filled out on the FAFSA - make sure that all of the information is correct and make any changes if necessary by March 15.
  • MARCH

    • Keep up the good work.

      Colleges (and scholarship applications) look at second semester grades – so no slacking!

      Stay involved with extracurriculars and take advantage of internships, job shadowing experiences, or other hands-on learning opportunities.
    • Continue applying for scholarships.

      The more scholarships you apply to, the more money you might have access to for college. Keep it up!
    • Confirm summer plans.

      Continue applying for summer camps and programs at universities, or for internships or jobs in a field you’re interested in.

      Remember that many college orientations happen during the summer so make sure you include that in your plans!
    • File taxes.

      The deadline for filing taxes is April 15. Financial aid awards are based on your and your parents tax information (federal and state) from previous years, so be sure to file on time. 

    APRIL

    • Look for decision letters from colleges.

      They’re coming this month! Be sure to share your acceptances with counselors, parents and friends.
    • Compare financial aid award letters from colleges.

      Financial aid award package letters usually arrive shortly after acceptances.

      Go over these carefully and ask an adult if you have questions.
    • Sign up for and attend preview days on college campuses.

      Whether you’re deciding between two colleges, or just want to get more familiar with your first choice, make sure you sign up for prospective student weekends.
    • Decide where to attend college in the fall.

      Decision time! Think carefully and critically about the pros and cons for each school – consider size, academics, cost, extracurricular options and more.

      Many colleges require a confirmation and initial deposit on May 1.

       

    MAY

    • Study for and take tests.

      AP exams are coming up, so take advantage of practice tests and study sessions at school.

      Community colleges often have placement tests, so check to see if you can take them now while the material is still fresh.

      Get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast on the day of the tests.
    • Fill out forms.

      Colleges will send information that you need to fill out by certain deadlines: accepting financial aid, loan paperwork, housing and meal plan forms if you’re living on campus, and registering for orientation and/or classes.
    • Say thank you.

      Send your appreciation to scholarship providers, counselors, teachers, coaches, family – anyone who has supported you in getting to college.
    • Start thinking ahead.

      Be prepared for the transition to college! Create a reasonable budget and a way to track your expenses.

      Explore who’s available to help you on college campuses.

      Make a packing and supply list.

      Know what to expect from college classes.
  • SUMMER

    • Send final transcripts and scores.

      Confirm with your school counselor the college you will attend so the school can send your final transcript.

      AP scores will be available online in July; you can send scores to a different college than you indicated on the test for a fee.
    • Get organized.

      As a college student, you will be responsible for your time, money, academics and social life. Get a jump on your responsibilities this summer:

      Make sure you’ve got health insurance through the school, your parents, or your own policy.

      Determine your banking and financial needs – set up a checking account at a bank or credit union near campus, decide the best way to track expenses and monitor your budget, and learn more about student loans and credit cards before applying.


      Make a list of what you need to bring or buy; if living on campus, connect with your roommate to coordinate supplies.
    • Attend orientation.

      Register for classes, take placement tests (if you haven’t already), learn your way around the campus and meet other first-year students. Don’t miss it!
    • Make the most of summer.

      In addition to your job, internship, or summer program, read a good book, try something new, and spend time with friends and family!

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