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Overview of the financial aid process
Take the ACT/SAT
You want to take the ACT and/or SAT in May and/or June. Be sure to study and be prepared on test day.
Senior year is going to fly by, so don’t miss out on scholarships because you didn’t plan. Use your summer to research the scholarships in the Scholarship Bulletin published by MPS and your school. While the deadline vary a bit from year to year, the scholarship criteria, and general timelines remain the same. Get a jump start by beginning the application early and ensuring you have all the parts needed ahead of time.
Create a planning timeline for senior year
Most college applications will be due in the early/late Fall of senior year, and scholarship deadlines can spread throughout the whole year. While keeping your grades strong, you will still need to have the time to complete all of these tasks on time and thoroughly. The best advice is to create a calendar or timeline for your senior year, noting and planning for important deadlines. This will save you time and tears later on.
Paying 4 College
How much money can I get from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Go to the FAFSA 4caster to see what your aid is projected to be. Also, check out the undergraduate scholarships specific to the universities that you plan to apply for. If you are planning to apply in the Western region of the United States, check out the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE) to see if your school participates. This can give you discounted out of state tuition rates.
The Common App | SENDedu | Parchment
Learn about these important resources for the college application process. Many out of state and selective colleges require the use of the Common Application or SENDedu. You can also have your transcript sent electronically through the use of Parchment. Don’t wait until deadlines are upon you to research and understand these.
Don't waste the summer
This is the perfect time for you to visit the campus of the colleges you want to attend. It is important to get a feel for the campus, it’s programs, and whether or not this will be a fit for you. If you don’t schedule a formal tour, many campus’ have a self-guided tour you can complete. Don’t have time or money to travel? Go to (link) to complete a virtual tour.
Know Your College Vocabulary
What is the difference between early decision vs. early action? Check out this article that explains the different college admissions timelines.
Update Your Resume
Once again it is time to update your resume with all of the activities and awards you earned junior year. You may need this for summer programs, internships, and volunteer or paid positions. Additionally, an updated resume will be important senior year for scholarship applications.
Letters of Recommendation
Begin now with thinking about and asking for letters of recommendation. You will need a minimum of three letters for scholarships. It is important to think of who can attest to your varied abilities. Consider asking a teacher who can speak to your writing or verbal abilities and one who can attest to your math or technical skills. Consider who might be able to best discuss your character traits. Be sure to provide references that represent you as a well-rounded student. (link: tips in asking for letters of rec or steps to asking…).
March 12-16 - Spring Break, Schools Closed
March 30 - Spring Holiday
April 11 - Professional Development (JH and HS late starts)
May 23 - Early Release (HS only)
May 24 - Last Day of School and Graduation
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