Vice Principal For Academics
August - September
Plan to do your absolute best academically for your Senior year in high school.
List your top college choices which match the major you are considering.
Research those college and write down the important information (Become very familiar with the college websites).
- Does it offer the major you are interested in?
- What are the Admission requirements?
- Do they require SAT and/or ACT Test scores?
- What are the minimum scores they require for your major?
- What is the minimum GPA requirement?
- Do you need to submit letters of recommendation?
- Do you need to write an essay?
- What is the size of the school?
- Is it a rural or urban college?
- Are Freshman required to live on campus in a dormitory?
- Are Freshman allowed to bring a car if they live on campus?
Schedule visits to the colleges you are interested in.
Compare the costs of the schools you plan to apply to.
Decide on your college preferences from the questions above.
Submit college applications (Pay close attention to deadlines).
Request Transcripts from school Registrar.
(Give 3-5 days for processing, complete 1 blue form for EACH college. Cost is $5.00 per transcript).
Search and apply for scholarships from a variety of sources, including colleges of your choice.
Check with colleges to see if you need to complete a College Scholarship Services.
(CSS) profile or a Financial Aid Form.
Ask those who you would like a letter of reference if they would do one for you.
(Give at least 2 weeks notice).
Begin to write essay if required.
(Ask an English teacher to review for grammar errors & make suggestions).
Get your Personal Identification Number (PIN) for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application at
Use fafsa4caster.ed.gov and Net Price Calculator on college websites to determine costs for going to college.
Gather the data needed for FAFSA.
Follow up with the colleges with which you applied to assure all necessary documents have been received including; application, transcript, letters of reference, essay, SAT and ACT scores
Use the Holiday vacation to visit the colleges you have narrowed it down to.
Seek out people you may know who have gone the colleges you are considering and ask questions!
Complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible AFTER January 1st 2015.
Check with your top colleges for FAFSA, institutional and state aid priority deadlines.
Continue to research for scholarships and other financial aid that is available.
Look in the mail for your:
Student Aid Report.
Financial aid award letter.
Consider all funding options to cover costs of college after reviewing award letter.
April - May
Make your final selection of the college you want to attend.
Send in deposit by the required deadline.
Check when DORMITORY deposit is due; send in by deadline.
Determine how much additional money you may need to pay for college expenses.
Inquire with your college about WORK STUDY or inquire where students can find part-time.
Consider the following:
- Meal plan or weekly groceries.
- Dormitory fee or apartment rent.
- Expenses related to apartment living: cable, water, electricity, phone, etc.
- Books and other school fees.
- Transportation & Travel expenses.
- Entertainment, toiletries, cell phone, clothing, personal expenses.
All Seniors have been assigned a CAP Advisor to assist with the college application process. Students should meet with their Advisor as soon as possible to devise a plan of action! Contact Ms. Joyce Quijano to see who your child’s Advisor is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy Sullivan, MEd., CMHP
Vice Principal for Academics & CAP Advisor