Maintain good study habits.
Participate in extracurricular activities.
Look for leadership opportunities. Some scholarships require it.
Take Advanced Placement and/or Dual Credit courses and prepare for exams.
Complete the college application process.
Seek financial aid.
Take ACT and SAT exams or the Compass Test.
Check your course schedule with your guidance counselor. Make sure you are taking all required courses.
Develop college application plans with your counselor.
Identify 6–10 colleges that you would like to apply to; get applications.
Begin working on college applications; note deadlines.
Set up your college applications filing system; keep track of all correspondence with colleges.
Register for ACT and SAT exams.
Look for scheduled visits of college representatives on their website and listen to announcements.
When a college representative comes that you want to talk to, sign up in the Career Center. Get a pass ahead of time.
Plan campus visits and interviews, or take “virtual tours” and make appointments to have interviews locally.
Request letters of recommendation from your teachers.
Prepare your resume.
Submit requests for transcripts and counselor recommendations from your counselor at least three weeks before the application deadline.
Check scholarship lists on scholarship websites and counselor's office.
Take ACT or SAT exams.
Continue preparing and finalizing college list.
Continue meeting college reps, visiting colleges (if possible) and interviewing.
If applying Early Decision, prepare your application and request all necessary documents.
Attend College Fairs and get information on colleges.
Begin researching financial aid and scholarships.
Begin drafting college essays. Review the essay with your counselor, English teacher and parents.
Apply for ROTC scholarships, if interested.
Register for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), if interested.
Attend college representative visits in the Career Center.
November 1st and November 15th are the deadline dates for some colleges’ Early Decision. Check your college regarding these dates.
Take ACT and/or SAT. You are running out of chances to take the tests!
Finalize college list.
Complete college applications and submit them to your counselor.
Keep copies of all forms and applications you complete.
Maintain grades and extracurricular activities.
Submit college applications with January deadlines by December.
Recommended time to forward applications to your school counselor to complete and forward to colleges and universities of choice.
Attend Financial Aid Night to discuss college financial aid packages. CVCS usually plans a workshop in early December.
Go online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Check FAFSA form, get a pin, and gather information needed.
January 1st is the first day to file your completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. Keep a copy for your records. Keep photocopies of all forms and applications you complete. (use estimated income figures.)
Check your course schedule. Meet with your guidance counselor to make any necessary changes.
Review first semester grades with your counselor. Do not drop any classes.
Check your college for Regular Admissions deadline.
February 15th is the priority enrollment deadline for students applying to public schools in Idaho. Must apply by this date for school scholarship consideration.
Complete community service requirements.
Start looking for summer work or internship opportunities.
Talk to your guidance counselor about any Advanced Placement exam registration and test dates.
Continue looking for scholarship money. Treat looking for scholarships like a job.
Respond to requests from colleges for any additional information needed.
Maintain high level of academic performance.
Begin receiving financial aid award letters from the colleges you have applied to, and make comparisons.
Schedule overnight visits at top-choice colleges.
Sign up for AP exams.
Register for ASVAB, if interested.
Check scholarship deadlines and get applications in.
Investigate payment options with each college.
Accept all or part of the financial aid offered; sign and return acceptance letter.
Many schools will require commitments to attend by May 1st; deposits will be required.
Don't commit if you have not yet received all of your award letters from the colleges to which you have applied. Call the college admissions offices and ask for extensions.
Don’t let your grades slip; you want to graduate in good standing.
Get final scholarship applications in.
Notify by May 1st the college you plan to attend and send your final transcript. Send deposit to college.
Make loan arrangements. Report any private scholarship to the financial aid office of the college you will be attending.
Notify the colleges that you will not be attending. This is very important.
Make sure to thank teachers and counselors who advised and assisted you.
Take AP exams.
Continue to work hard at your studies.
Request a final transcript.