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College Planning for High School Seniors

College Planning for High School Seniors

June 08, 2007

It’s your final year of high school, which is not only the time to celebrate your achievements but bulk up your resume and course schedule to show colleges and universities that you’re a worthy candidate.

Senior year is easily the most overwhelming for high school students but staying organized will guarantee a solid finish, a good chance at your top choice college, and a year that you can look back on with satisfaction.


  • Request applications and brochures from your target colleges if you haven’t already. For more college options, sign up for FastWeb’s College Search.
  • Schedule college interviews with prospective schools.
  • Set up a budget for college application costs – they can add up.
  • Get your applications in order by creating files for your target schools. Make a list of application requirements (essays, transcripts, etc) and deadlines for each.
  • Request letters of recommendation from teachers, advisors and employers.
  • Work on application essays.


  • Talk to your parents about college cost. Decide how much you can afford and explore your options for funding.
  • Request transcripts sent to your target schools.
  • SAT is offered on October 9, 2010. ACT is offered on October 23, 2010.
  • Visit to learn more about financial aid.
  • Start applying for scholarships from private organizations. Check your FastWeb search results for new scholarships.


  • If you’re applying Early Action or Early Decision, get your application in this month.
  • Keep copies of all applications and forms sent to colleges.
  • Request test scores sent to colleges.
  • SAT is offered on November 6, 2010.


  • Work on college applications! Many applications are due this month or in early January.
  • SAT is offered on December 4, 2010. ACT is offered on December 11, 2010.
  • Start gathering materials and financial records for the FAFSA, available on January 1.

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