Senior Year Calendar
Start finalizing your college list and begin the online applications process. The University of California application opens August 1st. University of California The UC application requires you to answer four out eight Personal Insight Questions, select the questions that would best define you UC Personal Insight Tips This helpful video can assist you as you write your Personal Insight questions: Video – Personal Insight Tips
If you are applying to a private university, it is most likely that they use the “Common Application” which also opens in August 1st Applying to Common Application Video Open an account on Common Application at: Common Application
Start Seriously considering possible careers – take the career survey on Naviance if you haven’t taken it already
Review your final college list with your family to make sure it fits your career choice and finances. Use the scattergram on your Naviance account to see how your GPA and SAT/ACT scores match up to the colleges you have selected. If you want to try the SAT or ACT one more time, sign up for the October test – SAT or ACT
Counselors will be making college presentation in your class and passing out transcripts that you can use to complete your applications. Recheck your A-G requirements. Attend the College Application Night – Representatives from UC, CSU, Community Colleges and Common Application will be reviewing the application process. Senior Presentation 2017 PDF | View College Application Process Presentations
Check the counseling calendar for the schedule of admission representatives visiting FHS and sign up for colleges of interest. If you cannot attend a specific visit, fill out an interest card in the College & Career Center for the college representative.
Fill out your brag sheet on Naviance. Copy and paste it onto a Word document and increase the font to 12 pt. to give to your teachers that are writing your letter of recommendation. You may want to include a thank you card or note. Inform your counselor that you will be applying to a private school and will need them to complete your secondary school report and write a letter of recommendation. Make sure that your brag sheet is updated. Your counselors do not need a paper copy.
Stay organized and track your deadlines – the California State University and the University of California application Deadline is November 30th. Private schools will vary so check their website and visit common application Common Application to check application deadlines and essay questions.
Work on completing your college list on Naviance and check the counseling website for college visits in the College and Career Center – College Visits
Work on your college applications, personal statement and essays. IF YOU ARE APPLYING EARLY: (Early Applicant or Early Decision), FINALIZE your application(s) and essays! Continue attending college representative visits in the College & Career Center.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid open submission period begins October 1, 2016. Ask your parents for their income tax information that they completed in spring and begin the FAFSA application. https://fafsa.ed.gov Attend the FAFSA Information Night October 13th 6:30 pm, at Foothill High School for questions regarding FAFSA. Apply for your FAFSA Personal ID Number (PIN). All students applying to college should complete the FAFSA. FAFSA Application. Tips on applying to the FAFSA: Video – FAFSA Help CSS/Financial Aid Profile – If you are applying to a private college you will also need to check the CSS Profile to see if your college requires additional financial information which is on CSS Profile CSS Profile
Explore Financial Aid options. Financial Aid 2017 PDF
Meet with your counselor to review your college choices, review your prompt topics and ask questions. The counselors will be in the library every Tuesday in the month of October to assist with college applications. Bring your laptop. Have your brag sheet complete and be sure to inform your teachers and counselor that you requesting a letter of recommendation by NOVEMBER 15th.
If your college is outside of California but a state university, you will need to submit transcript through Parchment: Ordering final transcript
Reminder: you do not need to send first semester transcripts to CSU, UC’s, and Common Application schools.
Know your Early Admission deadlines! Early Decision and Early Action deadlines are typically November 1st or 15th. Don’t miss your deadlines. If you need letters of recommendation from your teacher or counselor make sure they have your brag sheet a month prior. For regular admission, the deadline for requesting letters of recommendation is NOvember 15th. Make sure you have spoken to your teachers and counselors by that deadline.
Finalize any college applications with a January deadline. If you will be attending a community college, be on the alert for priority registration. Irvine Valley College: Irvine Valley College Santiago Valley College: Santiago Canyon College Santa Ana College: Santa Ana College Orange Coast College: Orange Coast College
Check to see if any of the private colleges that you are applying to requires the CSS profile for financial aid. This is an additional application that provides colleges with additional information regarding financial need: CSS Profile College Board
Start or continue your search for scholarships. Check the scholarship list on Naviance for community scholarships weekly as it changes with new additions. Stop by the College and Career Center with questions and to inquire about new scholarship postings along with scholarship web searches such as: Fastweb Scholarship Search Good Call Scholarship Search California Scholarship Search Go College Scholarships Scholarship Experts
If you will be attending a college in California, you may be eligible for the Cal Grant. Talk to your counselor or the College and Career Counselor about qualifications for a Cal Grant (financial aid) Cal Grants
Send in your mid-year reports including your seventh semester transcript, if requested by your college. Always check your email for college requests and communications. If you applied to a university through Common Applications, your counselors will automatically send in mid-your 7th semester transcript.
February to March
Decisions and deposits are due by May 1 to the college of your choice. Follow the instructions on your acceptance letter. Note any special procedures for housing. It is considered unethical to make a deposit to more than one school.
Send any additional AP scores to your college through http://Collegeboard.com
Graduation! Congratulations and Good Luck – Don’t forget to order your final transcript for you college. Procedures for ordering your transcript is found at: Order Transcripts Parchment or at: Ordering Transcripts FHS Website