Senior Time Line for Post Secondary Preparation
*NACAC Step By Step - Consult this website for useful information for post-secondary information: http://www.nacacnet.org/research/PublicationsResources/Marketplace/student/Pages/GuidingEducation.aspx
- If you have not already done so, being your college search. Go to www.isac.org for college searches, ACT/SAT practice tests and scholarship searches.
- Visit www.actstudent.org to register for the October ACT. MHS’s CEEB code is: 142955 and MHS’s Test Center Code is:174380
- Athletes interested in competing at the Division I or II level need to file a NCAA Clearinghouse form for eligibility.
- Research public and private universities using www.collegezone.com
- Listen to the announcements and visit Moline High School’s webpage to learn of upcoming college admission counselors coming to the high school.
- Check Moline High School’s counseling website to learn of scholarship opportunities.
- Start to think of individuals that would provide you with references.
- Begin submitting your admission applications to the colleges you are most interested in.
- Attend Black Hawk College Night on September 25 from 5:30 - 7:30pm in Building 3.
- Start to schedule college visits—many institutions will have a college visit day on Columbus Day.
- Talk to admission counselors at colleges to find out whether or not you should take the ACT or the SAT.
- Continue to search for scholarships.
- Many schools have priority dates of November 1. Make sure you are applying to colleges and universities.
- Plan campus visits.
- Continue to check for scholarships.
- Start to learn how campus life will compare to living at home.
- Keep your grades up.
- Prepare for finals if you need to take them—they matter!
- Apply for your PIN for the FAFSA at: www.pin.ed.gov
- Print a FAFSA pre-application worksheet at www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Know the priority dates for filing the FAFSA at the colleges you are applying to.
- Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov online. The first date you may do this is January 1. Parents: You will need your year end payroll stubs if they show your earnings for the year.
- Keep copies of all forms you submit to colleges and universities.
- Contact your school counselor to have them send your transcripts that include your first semester senior grades.
- Parents: Get your federal income tax returns prepared early. Colleges may request copies.
- Attend Moline High School’s Financial Aid Night on January 8, 2015 at 7pm in the cafeteria. There will be a chance to receive a $200 scholarship from the Moline High School Counseling Office for attending.
- Watch for FAFSA deadline posted by post-secondary institutions.
- Check admission status.
- Confirm that colleges have received your first semester transcripts.
- Local scholarships exclusive to Moline High School students will now become available. Listen to the announcements and look at the Counselor Blog online to learn about all of these opportunities.
- Watch for early FAFSA deadlines.
- By this time you should have received notification from the schools to which you applied. Notify the school you have chosen to attend no later than May 1.
- Notify schools in which you applied for and alert them that you are not planning on attending.
- Compare the financial aid packages from the schools in which you have been accepted.
- Take AP exams for which you qualify.
- Study for final exams.
- After receiving an award letter from the Financial Aid Office at your college, sign it and send back to the college.
- Make sure your final high school transcripts are sent to the college you plan to attend.