12th Grade School Year
Earn all A's and B's since grades are still crucial to college success
Check grades weekly and attend tutorials in classes with grades below an A or B.
Check your updated GPA and rank and continue your plan to improve.
Keep an agenda and a to-do list.
Create a study schedule.
Ensure that you have your college list ready.
Apply for college fly-in programs through www.onejump.org or look for college open houses.
Look for interview opportunities.
Request letter of recommendation from an academic teacher. More selective schools may need 2. which teachers are writing your letters of recommendation.
Talk to your college counselor about getting application fee waivers.
Continue the same club/sport from last year, or join a new one.
Study for the SAT/ACT if you're taking one in October and SATII if you're taking one in December.
Finalize your college resume including activities, academic achievements, and volunteer work.
Have a third draft of your college essay ready to be edited.
Reach out to representatives from colleges you are applying to.
Create and finalize a CSS profile.
Have a fourth and final draft of your college essay ready to be edited.
Complete and submit ApplyTexas and Common Application by Thanksgiving.
Order tax transcript from the IRS website.
Submit the FAFSA.
Check in with the teacher/counselor writing your letter(s) of recommendation.
Start studying for final exams.
Use Thanksgiving Break to recharge for exams.
Finalize and submit at least 3 scholarships and utilize www.fastweb.com as a source.
Create a study-plan for final exams.
Finalize and submit at least 2 scholarships.
Finalize and submit any supplementary applications you have.
Remind parents to file taxes.
Organize binders and notebooks for next semester.
Make 3 goals for the semester and tell your mentor about them.
Follow up with college representatives to ensure all your materials have been received.
Remind parents to file taxes by the end of January. Preferably, ask them to submit them electronically.
Submit the FAFSA or TAFSA immediately after your parents file their taxes
Ensure that colleges have received your FAFSA orTAFSA.
If your FAFSA is "audited," be ready to submit extra paperwork.
Use spring break to apply for at least 3 scholarships.
Compare financial aid packages.
Finalize college decision by end of April.
Pay deposit or ask for it to be waived.
Register and take the TSI if necessary. (Only necessary for Texas public institutions.)
Ensure your AP scores are directly sent to your college.
Apply for at least 3 more scholarships/summer jobs.
Ensure that you have sufficient credits to graduate and have completed all paperwork necessary.