Senior Year at a Glance: Putting Students on the Road to Success

For high school students heading into their senior year, September is the perfect time to start setting goals and plans for after graduation. Working with an ASPIRE mentor, students can start the planning process early-on, making the road to college or university a bit easier and less stressful.

 

To make sure students are on the right track, here are the basic deadlines and goals to follow during the final year of high school. These are the general tasks for students to follow each month (Refer to the Coordinator Handbook materials for more in-depth details):

ASPIRE Student Tracker

September:

  1. Meet with an ASPIRE mentor
  2. Research options (colleges, universities, vocational schools, etc.) and begin to narrow down options
  3. Check priority application deadlines for schools
  4. Register for SAT and ACT tests

 

October:

  1. Begin work on college application essays
  2. Fill out request forms for letters of recommendation to give to teachers, counselors and/or employers
  3. Research college fair dates and locations

 

November:

  1. Get the FAFSA worksheet and begin work now on gathering necessary information
  2. Start researching state, school, and local scholarships
  3. Begin working on scholarship essays

 

December:

  1. Start working on the OSAC scholarship application
  2. Continue working on the FAFSA

 

January:

  1. Complete and submit the FAFSA online
  2. Keep grades up! Colleges pay close attention to grades in the second half of senior year

 

February:

  1. Check with colleges applied to for verification that they have received all necessary documents
  2. Finish any scholarship essays
  3. Stay on track to submit the OSAC scholarship application

 

March:

  1. Submit tax forms to colleges’ financial aid offices
  2. Keep on top of scholarship deadlines
  3. Attend open houses or preview days for schools

April:

  1. Narrow down school options based on major, career interest, and personal preferences
  2. Review financial aid award letters from each school
  3. Attend any scheduled open houses or preview days

 

May:

  1. Check the status of OSAC scholarship application online
  2. Be mindful of deadlines for accepting financial aid awards
  3. Finalize plans for summer school or summer jobs
  4. Write a thank you note to your ASPIRE mentor and school counselor

 

June:

  1. Request final transcript to be sent to the school they’ll be attending in the fall
  2. Send thank you notes to any scholarships they’ve been awarded

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