Grade 12 Timeline

SEPTEMBER
  • Review SAT/ACT scores and decide if you need to retake either test
  • If so, register for the SAT and/or ACT
  • Review SAT and ACT material; take practice tests; take a course if available
  • Go to FSA ID to register in the Federal financial aid system
  • Download the FAFSA worksheet online
  • Research colleges, universities, and other after-high-school options
  • Check college application deadlines
  • Check you transcript; be sure you admissions requirements for the colleges you you hope to attend
  • Work on college admission and scholarship essays; proofread with your ASPIRE mentor
  • Request letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors
  • Learn about the CSS Profile that colleges may require for financial aid and start working on it
  • Start submitting college applications; pay attention to deadlines
  • If you are applying to a college that uses the Common Application, start working on it
  • If you are applying to a community college, start working on the Oregon Promise application for financial aid
  • Create your account in OSAC, the portal to more than 500 scholarships and start working on the application
  • Explore other scholarship opportunities
  • Determine if you will be applying to any colleges by Early Decision or Early Admission, and check deadlines
  • Undocumented students complete the ORSAA, the alternative to the FAFSA
OCTOBER
  • Complete the FAFSA; applications are accepted beginning on October 1
  • Review Student Aid Report (SAR) and make corrections if needed; you will receive access information online after filing FAFSA
  • Continue with items listed for September that have not yet been completed
NOVEMBER
  • Work on OSAC scholarship application, including your Personal Statement and your Activities Chart
  • Continue with items listed for September that have not yet been complete
DECEMBER
  • Continue with all items listed above that have not yet been complete
JANUARY
  • Submit applications to at least 3 colleges
  • Monitor your applications; make sure they have been received by the colleges to which you applied
  • Make sure that mid-year transcripts are sent to those colleges
  • Complete the Oregon Promise application if not already finished
  • Apply for local, regional, and individual college scholarships
  • Submit the OSAC application
  • Track scholarship application deadlines
  • Regularly check your email and OSAC Student Profile for notifications
FEBRUARY
  • Request high school transcript for OSAC scholarship application
  • Be sure that OSAC application is submitted by February 15 Early Bird deadline. It should include your Personal Statement, Activities Chart, and transcript
  • Check with colleges to make sure they have received all necessary information
  • Complete Oregon Promise application if not already finished
  • Complete any items from previous months that are not yet finished
  • Check your email and OSAC Student Profile for notifications
MARCH
  • Final deadline for OSAC application is March 1
  • Complete the ASPIRE senior exit survey
  • Complete any items from previous months that are not yet finished
  • Keep you grades up. Grades in the second half of your senior year do matter to colleges
  • Check your email and OSAC Student Profile for notifications

APRIL
  • Keep you grades up
  • If you are on a college wait list, let the college know if you are still interested
  • Submit requested tax forms or other documentations to the college financial aid office
  • Use the Students and Families section of the Oregon Student Aid website, or BigFuture, to compare financial aid offers
  • Compare loan in a Loan Comparison Chart such as the one found at BigFuture
  • Accept admission and financial aid offers from the college you will be attending
  • Notify other schools of your decision
  • Write thank-you notes to scholarship donors
  • Take a placement test if you will be attending a community college
  • Review sample student budgets with your ASPIRE mentor
  • Check your email and OSAC Student Profile for notifications

MAY
  • Check deadlines for accepting financial aid awards
  • Keep your grades up
  • If you are on a college waiting list, inform the college that you are still interested
  • Continue with the lists shown in previous months as needed

JUNE
  • Request that your year-end transcript be sent to the college you will be attending
  • Respond to all mail and email from your selected college\
  • Create an online school account
  • Register for housing, orientation, and classes
  • Tour your chosen campus
  • Continue checking your OSAC account

JULY
  • Continue with all items listed for June as needed
  • Determine what items you will need for dorm life at college
  • Prepare for college: acquire needed supplies, begin packing

AUGUST
  • Same as July
  • Many colleges have a freshman orientation week that begins before older students arrive on campus; be prepared to report to your college in August.

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