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The Road to College Senior Checklist


Top 10 Ways to Avoid Procrastination:



Senior Year-Fall Semester

o Start your personalized College Plan

o Narrow your list of schools; request catalogues and
admissions information.

o Check with your high school counseling office for
scholarship resources, including KHEAA’s Affording
Higher Education.

o Find out upcoming test dates for the SAT and/or ACT
and register in advance if you need to retake the test.
Higher scores can mean more cash for college!

o Prepare admissions applications; begin writing essays.

o Ask about dual credit classes in the spring.

o Meet with admissions representatives or schedule
visits to schools that interest you.

o Attend college fairs and financial aid nights.

o Request recommendations from teachers, employers
and counselors.

o Watch scholarship deadlines.

o Finish admissions essays and have proofed or
reviewed. Complete the admissions process for your
top choices by December 1.

o If you haven’t already, complete your personalized
copy of Getting the Facts at


Spring Semester

o Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) at as soon as possible after January 1!

o Review college acceptances, compare financial aid
offers and apply for local scholarships.

o Decide about a school and send in the deposit. Many
schools have a May 1 deadline.

o Request course descriptions and schedules.

o Review the Student Aid Report for accuracy based on
your FAFSA.

o Research AP or CLEP exams.

o Complete AP exams.

o Make sure you’ve returned all financial aid award
notices and acceptance forms.

o Consider finding a summer job.

o Sign up for early registration/orientation/housing.

o Look for KHEAA’s Surviving College publication at

o Look into summer enrichment programs at your


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