College Planning Checklist 2016-17
JUNIOR Year & Summer before SENIOR Year:
- Explore your interests at www.cacareerzone.org or www.californiacolleges.edu. Define what you want to do for a career and what education you need.
- Explore the applicable educational path. Do you need a technical certificate? A bachelor’s degree or higher? Or is on-the-job training via paid apprenticeship the right path for you?
- Explore and select college major(s). A major is your primary subject area of interest at community college and university. It does not have to be your future job. Make sure that colleges of your interest offer that major. Some colleges require that you declare a major when you apply.
- Compile your college list. Answer the question, “Why do I want to go there?” If the answer doesn’t excite you, then cross that school off your list. Make a list of 1 or 2 dream schools, 1 or 2 reach schools, and 1 or 2 safe schools. Chat with college reps via collegeweeklive.com and in person at the College & Career Center.
- Register with the NCAA if planning to play D-I or D-II sports at eligibilitycenter.org. Send your SAT and ACT scores to NCAA using the code 9999.
- Juniors, take the PSAT on Sat, Oct. 15th at Casa - arrival time is 7:45am. Register in the Counseling Office. The fee is $20. Ask your counselor if you qualify for a fee waiver (Juniors only).
- Take the SAT and/or the ACT tests. If you plan to apply to a university or play sports at community college, register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.org and the ACT at www.act.org. The CollegeBoard Code for sending SAT scores to ALL CSU’s is 3594. Ask your counselor if you qualify for a fee waiver.
- Research colleges of interest and to check out the school culture, location, and vibe as well as to meet others in your field.
- Speak with college representatives in the College and Career Center.
- Learn, be productive, have fun, and relax over the summer. Use this guide to help you figure ways to do all of that. https://collegewise.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-CollegewiseGuideToSummer.pdf
- Verify accuracy of your high school transcript. Are you meeting graduation requirements? A thru G requirements? NCAA core requirements?
September & October of SENIOR Year:
- Sign up for REMIND text messages
Send “@cghs2017” to 81010 for important senior reminders. Juniors, send “@cghs2018” to 81010.
- $$$ Get your FSA ID. You want free money. Yes, you do.
- $$$$ FAFSA/Dream Act filing period begins Oct 1. Financial aid is first come, first served. Qualified undocumented residents may apply at caldreamact.org.
- Register for the SAT or ACT if needed. Testing should be completed by December of Senior year. However, many schools want scores by November! Ask your counselor if you qualify for a fee waiver.
- Attend Senior Overview Night for students and parents: Sept. 29 @ 7:00PM NMU.
- $$$$ SRJC: APPLY for the Doyle Scholarship starting October 3rd. Application deadline is December 9th. (The easiest scholarship application ever!!!)
- Attend SRJC Jump Start Night on Oct. 5 @ 6:30PM NMU. Learn about early admission, placement tests, college orientation, transfer opportunities, and more.
- Sign up for SRJC Jump Start Program in October (TBA). Be ready to start at SRJC before you graduate.
- $$$$ Attend Financial Aid Information Night – Oct 11th, 7:00pm NMU
- College Application Workshops in Oct. Get help with college applications. Times and dates TBA.
- College Advisory Workshops (almost) every Tuesday, 3pm-5pm throughout the year (Library Computer Lab) Hosted by 10,000 Degrees advisors. Help with college applications, financial aid, scholarships and more. Go to counselor or College & Career Center for details.
- For Letters of Recommendation, complete the LOR Profile. Offer this info to adults if they agree to write a letter of recommendation. Request letters at least four weeks in advance.
November of SENIOR Year:
- CSU filing period Oct. 1 – Nov. 30. Apply EARLY – before Thanksgiving is strongly recommended.
- UC filing period Nov. 1 – Nov. 30. Apply EARLY – before Thanksgiving is strongly recommended
- Check private and out-of-state colleges for application filing periods.
- Instruct College Board and/or ACT to send official test scores directly to colleges.
- $$$$ Cash for College Financial Aid Workshop Nov. 7th @ 6:30p in library. Advisors on hand to help you and your parents complete the Dreamer and FAFSA applications.
- NCAA Information Nights Nov 9th @ 7p at the SRJC Petaluma Campus or Nov 16th @ 7p at the SRJC Santa Rosa Campus. See link for more details.
- $$$$ Complete Petaluma Education Foundation scholarship applications.
December of SENIOR Year:
- Politely submit requests for letters of recommendation if you need any for scholarships. 4-week notice please.
- $$$$ Check under the ‘Scholarship’ section of the College and Career Center webpage weekly for available scholarships.
- Sign up for COUN 270, Introduction to College if you plan to attend SRJC.
- Sign up for COUN 162.1 Career Research and Planning if you plan to attend SRJC.
January of SENIOR Year:
- Notify all colleges you’ve applied to if you have insufficient Fall semester grades or if you have dropped a course.
- Maintain C’s or higher this semester. If unsure why, ask your counselor to help you compile the list of reasons.
- $$$$ FAFSA/Dream Act filing period began Oct 1. In case you forgot... Financial aid is first come, first served. Qualified undocumented residents may apply at caldreamact.org.
February of SENIOR Year:
- Apply for more scholarships. Just do it.
- $$$$ Regularly check email for the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR), a summary of aid being offered to you. Save all financial communication.
March/April of SENIOR Year:
- $$$$ Monitor your email for college-specific financial award letters. Compare financial award offers.
- Return the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to the college of your choice before the deadline. Failure to do so will likely result in losing your admission.
- Student athletes planning to play Division I or II college level sports review your amateurism questionnaire and request final amateur certification on or before April 1, 2017.
- Watch for housing information and payment deadlines. Schools with strict housing policies will rescind housing offers if you miss payment deadlines.
May of SENIOR Year:
- Q: Did you waive HI? A: Yes Q: Did you turn in the signed form? A: No/Unsure Q: Will you graduate without it? A: No Turn in the signed form.
- Submit College Course Grade Notification to your counselor for any spring classes you have taken to meet graduation requirements.
- Meet the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) deadline for CSU’s and UC’s: May 1, 2017. Most universities require non-refundable deposits to confirm enrollment.
- Take appropriate college math and English placement tests:
CSU – English Placement (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM);
UC – Analytical Writing Placement Exam
AP test, EAP scores, SAT or ACT results may exempt you from placement tests.
- SRJC: If you haven’t already taken Coun 270, sign up now to take this important class during the summer.
- Request final transcript to be sent to the university you will attend in the fall. Deadlines are usually in July. Colleges require transcript from each high school or community college you’ve attended.
- Sign up for mandatory Freshman Orientation. Failure to do so may result in college rescinding admission offer.
- Sign up for summer college courses especially if you are required to take remedial math and/or English.