- Register for ACT or SAT (You may need a higher score for admissions and/or certain scholarships.)
- Determine if SAT Subject Tests are required for admission.
- Finalize your college list (4-6 colleges). Visit college websites for admission requirements, as well as application and scholarship deadlines.
- Create your FSA ID and ask at least one parent to do the same.
- Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity & electronically sign your FAFSA.
- Go to: fsaid.ed.gov
- Work on application essays, if required.
- Create a resume in Naviance.
- Meet college reps who come to CHS. Stop by the Career Center for dates.
- Watch for Early Decisions or Early Action deadlines
- Try the Net Price Calculator on the college website. It can give you an early indication of how much/types of federal aid you might receive.
- Start your FAFSA application when it opens on October 1st. Check to see if your college requires a CSS Profile.
- Idaho College Application Month begins. You will have the opportunity to apply to college, work on your FAFSA, research concurrent credit transferability, etc.
- Request your transcript via Naviance. Instructions are on the RMHS website.
- Attend FAFSA/Financial Aid Night at CHS.
- Consider taking the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) and sign up in the Career Center.
- Give your recommenders at least two weeks to complete the letter.
- Check for new scholarships in the Career Center!
- Consider creating a separate email to use for scholarship websites.
- Attend the Boise College Fair
- Make sure you’ve noted merit scholarship application deadlines.
- Attend FAFSA Completion Night at CHS.
- Taking the SAT again? Register by November 8th to take the December 7th test.
- Taking the ACT? Register by November 8th to take the December 14th
- If applicable, know that the deadline for most college “Early Action” is November 15th.
- Determine if interviews or auditions are required for admission. Consider attending “Performing Arts after High School” on November 18th .
- Check each college’s financial aid section of their website for deadlines and required forms.
- Deadlines for ROTC scholarship programs are quickly approaching! Most have a December 1st
- Review your Student Aid Report (SAR). The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a number (not dollar amount) used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid. The schools you listed on your FAFSA will get your SAR data electronically.
- Check that your college(s) received your admissions application, your financial aid application, and that you have no missing items. Watch your emails for this information. Keep track of the deadlines!
- Apply for scholarships during Christmas Break. Most of the deadlines are fast approaching.
- Submit your housing deposit for your college or university.
- If you are selected for financial aid verification, submit tax transcripts and other documents as soon as possible. Make sure to meet the school’s deadline or you will not be able to receive federal student aid.
- The State of Idaho has scholarships available to students going to an Idaho college or university. Most of these scholarships will be due in January. If you haven’t yet, consider applying for an Idaho college, even if it’s your back-up school. Then apply for scholarships on boardofed.idaho.gov
- Undecided on your major? Take this quiz at https://www.marquette.edu/explore/choose-your-major/
- Have you submitted your FAFSA? If not, set a goal to complete it by mid-month.
- Check to see if your college needs a mid-year transcript. If so, request it via Naviance.
- Continue to monitor your email, U.S. mail, or college account for any information needed by your school(s).
- Have you applied for any scholarships? If not, see Mrs. Townsley ASAP!
- Request Fast Forward funding for concurrent credit classes that have spring registration.
- Make sure the college(s) you applied to has received your ACT/SAT scores and transcripts.
- Keep your grades up! Many colleges and universities check your senior year grades after you graduate. Don’t lose the academic scholarships you worked so hard to earn!
- Complete your housing application.
- Send any new ACT or SAT test scores to colleges.
- Keep applying for scholarships.
- If you are meeting with a college advisor, consider taking a copy of your unofficial college transcripts to the appointment. That will give the advisor a good idea of the college credits you earned while in high school. Instructions to access concurrent credit transcripts can be found on Centennial’s website.
- Watch your mail for college acceptance letters if you applied “regular decision”.
- Watch your college account for important orientation information. You can’t sign up for classes if you haven’t completed orientation.
- Plan for possible college visits during spring break. Some schools, like CSI (Twin Falls), require that you visit the campus to complete orientation activities.
- Look over your Student Aid Report (SAR). This will likely come via email from FAFSA.
- Check for private scholarship deadlines. Many are due this month.
- Check for new scholarships.
- Most financial aid award letters arrive this month.
- Contact the college if you have any questions about the financial aid package offered to you. Ask for an APPEAL if you feel there are extenuating financial circumstances that should be considered.
- Send a letter of non-acceptance to each school you applied to but are not attending.
- If wait-listed, send supporting material.
- Complete the senior exit survey after you present your senior project. This is also when you will tell us where to send your final transcript.
- KEEP YOUR GRADES UP! Colleges can deny acceptance if your GPA slides below what is required for admissions
- Send a thank you note to any organization, individual, or group who awarded you a private scholarship.
- Take AP exams.
- Register for college courses. Make sure you have talked with a college advisor first!
- Request an official transcript from each of the colleges from which you earned college credit. Have the transcript(s) sent to the college you are attending. This must be done through the college website(s) as we do not have this information at RMHS. Instructions can be found on Centennial’s website or in the Career Center.
- If you can’t remember the concurrent credit courses you took, or from where you earned them, CHECK YOUR FAST FORWARD ACCOUNT. It has the credits you earned for the past four years.
- Share your scholarship awards with the Career Center. We want to share the good news!!
- A final transcript will be sent to ONE college free of charge. Requests to send transcripts can be made via your Naviance account.
- Thank everyone who wrote you letters of recommendations or helped you with scholarship applications.
- Have a wonderful summer! Please keep in touch!