College Planning Schedule

August Prior To Your Senior Year

  • Request applications and information from colleges
  • Visit school campuses throughout the summer to help narrow down choices
  • Look into overnight or weekend college visitation programs
  • Take note of upcoming SAT and ACT registration and test dates

September

  • Complete the “Senior Information for Seniors” and “Parent Information for Seniors” paper that you received at the senior class meeting – completed forms need to be returned to the guidance office as soon as possible
  • Visit the Guidance Career Center on campus to take advantage of the many useful resources
  • Mark your calendar for local college fairs and when admissions representative visit campus – a complete list of admission rep visitations are on the bulletin board outside the guidance office and are posted online in the guidance section of LMS’s website
  • Schedule your senior interview with your counselor
  • Create a master list or calendar that includes: SAT or ACT test dates, fees and registration deadlines, college application due dates, financial aid application forms required and their deadlines
  • Visit websites for free test prep and practice exams for the SAT and ACT
  • Register for the SAT or ACT
  • Visit college campuses – make sure you fill out an Educational Excuse Form 5 days prior to your visit if you are visiting on a school day – you may get this form from the main high school office or on the school’s website

October

  • Begin completing college applications and essays
  • Visit the Guidance Career Center on campus to take advantage of the many useful resources
  • Ask teachers and your school counselor to complete recommendation letters and forms – please give them at least 2 weeks to complete these forms
  • Request transcripts from the guidance office and letters of recommendations from teachers
  • Meet with your school counselor for your senior interview
  • Attend local college fairs in Lancaster County and surrounding public schools
  • Continue to meet with college admission representatives that come on campus – including Mennonite College Day
  • Attend the evening college financial aid & FAFSA seminar night on campus with your family
  • Explore scholarship information online – check out the ‘resource’ page of LMS’s guidance website
  • If needed, take the SAT or ACT that you may have registered to take

November

  • Complete college applications by Thanksgiving
  • Try to finalize your college choices
  • Give counselors and the guidance office 7-10 school days to send your transcript to colleges – even if you have applied online
  • Meet with college admission representatives that come on campus
  • Take the SAT or ACT that you may have registered to take – if needed
  • If you still have not had your senior interview with your counselor, please schedule it now

December

  • As you finish and send your applications and essays (before Christmas!), be sure to keep copies
  • Contact the college’s financial aid office to see what student aid programs exist on a state or campus level
  • Obtain any other financial aid forms that may be required by your target schools. Check with the financial aid offices to see if they have specific financial aid requirements and/or deadlines
  • Prepare to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

January

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1. This is required to be considered for most federal, state and college-based aid. The FAFSA serves as the application for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program. You can access the FAFSA online.
  • Successfully complete your first semester courses
  • Continue a rigorous course selection for second semester – accepting colleges do look at the second semester senior classes and grades which will be on your final high school transcript

February

  • Submit all the necessary paperwork or applications for any private or outside scholarships you may have identified
  • Be sure you have submitted all required forms: the college admissions application, the FAFSA, any private scholarships, and any state or school-specific forms required for financial aid
  • Watch your email for your Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR is the U.S. Department of Education’s reply to your submitted FAFSA and summarizes your financial aid eligibility for federal programs

March

  • Keep active in school – accepting colleges do look at the second semester senior classes and grades which will be on your final high school transcript
  • If you are enrolled in an AP course, ask your teacher about the AP test in May
  • Contact your college to see if they will accept your AP credit and to see what score is necessary to receive college credit

April

  • You should receive acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April.
  • Make a final enrollment decision and submit enrollment deposit, if requested
  • If a school accepted you but you will not be attending, notify the school of your decision not to attend
  • Consider signing up to take AP exams if you are enrolled in an AP course

May

  • Successfully complete second semester classes
  • Request the guidance office to send your final high school transcript to the college you are attending
  • The deadline for the Pennsylvania State Grant (FAFSA Application) if May 1 – check with the financial aid office to see if they have specific FAFSA application requirements and/or deadlines
  • Take any AP exams you signed up to take

June & July

  • Participate in commencement!
  • Complete any remaining student aid forms
  • Plan for college orientation, transportation and housing for the fall
  • If you have not done so, request the guidance office to send your final high school transcript to the college you are attending