Senior year is a whirlwind of activities. This is a big year for your child as he or she balances schoolwork, extracurricular activities and the college application process. Use the suggestions below to help you and your child successfully navigate this important time.
- Visit post-secondary campuses together. Use the Campus Visit Checklist to learn how to get the most out of these experiences.
- Find out a college’s actual cost. Once your 12th-grader has a list of a few colleges he or she is interested in, use the Net Price Calculator together to find out the potential for financial aid and the true out-of-pocket cost — or net price — of each college.
- Encourage your child to get started on applications. After applying, students MUST request an official transcript to be sent through the counseling office.
- Help your child decide about applying early. If your senior is set on going to a certain college, he or she should think about whether applying early is a good option. Now is the time to decide because early applications are usually due in November. Read about the pros and cons of applying early.
- New for 2017 Graduates!!! Work together to apply for financial aid. October 1st is when you can start applying!
- Learn about college loan options together. Borrowing money for college can be a smart choice — especially if your high schooler gets a low-interest federal loan. Learn more about the parent's role in borrowing money.
- Take advantage of dual enrollment/college in the classroom options when possible. Make sure to check with prospective colleges/universities to verify credit transfer.
- If your child begins an elective class and determines that it is not a good fit, they must meet with their school counselor with in the first 2 weeks of school to develop a plan.
- Your child will meet with their school counselor within the first 9 weeks to discuss post-secondary options. Learn more about the counselor's role in applying to college. There are in-house college and military visits through the counseling department where students can ask the representatives questions.
- Athletes wanting to play a DI or DII sport in college need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse and have their SAT or ACT scores sent directly to the NCAA Clearinghouse through their testing account.
- Create a calendar with your child. This should include application deadlines and other important dates. Your child can find specific colleges’ deadlines in College Search. If your child saves colleges to a list there, he or she can get a custom online calendar that shows those colleges’ deadlines.
- Many seniors retake college admission tests, such as the SAT and the ACT, in the fall. Check our website for registration deadlines and testing dates.
- Offer to look over your senior’s college applications. But remember that this is your child’s work so remain in the role of advisor and proofreader and respect his or her voice.
- Help your child find and apply for scholarships. He or she can find out about scholarship opportunities at our website, along with the college/university's financial aid site.
- Your high schooler will need to request and complete scholarship applications and submit them on time. DEADLINES are critical!
- Encourage your child to set up college visits. A visit is a great way for your child to learn more about a college and for a college to learn more about your child. Get an overview of the interview process.
- Encourage your child to take AP Exams. If your 12th-grader takes AP or other advanced classes, have him or her talk with teachers now about taking these tests in May. This could result in college credits.
- Help your child process post secondary responses. Once your child starts hearing back about admission and financial aid, he or she will need your support to decide what to do. Read about how to choose a college.
- Review financial aid offers together. Your 12th-grader will need your help to read through financial aid award letters and figure out which package works best. Be sure your child pays attention to and meets any deadlines for acceptance. Get more information on financial aid awards.
- Help your child complete the paperwork to accept a college’s offer of admittance. Once your child has decided which college to attend, he or she will need to accept a college’s offer, mail a tuition deposit and submit other required paperwork. Learn more about your high school senior's next steps.
Your child MUST see their counselor or Ms. Mastowski to have their final transcript sent to their post-secondary school placement.