The calendar below can be used as a guideline to help keep you on task in regards to choosing a college during your senior year of high school. We hope that you will consider UNF your first choice as you accomplish many of the tasks included in this calendar.
Fall Semester - Senior Year
- Look for back-to-school sales to help pay for school supplies.
- Review high school math and English to strengthen these skills.
- Create a checklist of tests and registration deadlines, fees, dates, college application deadlines, materials needed, etc.
- Talk with your teachers, guidance counselors, coaches and mentors about preparing a letter of recommendation to submit with your application. A resume and letters of recommendation may not be required for admission but they are highly encouraged.
- Register to take the SAT or ACT and enroll in UNF's SAT or ACT preparation course since test scores are often among the criteria used to determine scholarship winners.
- Request applications and financial-aid information from colleges you're interested in.
- Although it's too early to complete a FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, use an EFC calculator to determine your eligibility for financial assistance.
- Look for scholarship opportunities. Some employers offer scholarship money to children of employees. Sometimes local organizations have scholarship programs for high school seniors. Meet with your high school counselor to get information on scholarships. Check the local library and search the Internet to see if you can find other scholarship opportunities and tell everyone you know to send scholarship information your way.
- Attend college fairs and financial aid workshops. These might be sources of additional information about scholarships, grants and other types of financial aid.
- Visit college campuses. Compare costs of colleges so you get an idea of how much money will be needed.
- Continue to contact prospective colleges and find out their deadlines for scholarship and financial aid applications, as well as any paperwork you'll need to submit
- APPLY! Work on applications for admissions, scholarships and grants. Work on applications for admissions, scholarships and grants.
- Request a PIN (personal identification number) from the Department of Education. Your PIN will significantly reduce processing time on your FAFSA.
- Continue to visit college campuses. Compare costs of colleges so you get an idea of how much money will be needed.
- Continue looking for additional sources of money.
- Start getting family financial information in order if you plan to apply for financial aid. Among the items you'll want to gather are bank statements and records of benefits from government agencies such as the Social Security Administration.
- Make sure to get a FAFSA worksheet from your high school counselor's office before school closes for winter vacation. Most colleges prefer students to file an online FAFSA; however having the worksheet in hand will help you gather the appropriate information.
Spring Semester - Senior Year
- Complete family taxes as early as possible because you'll need to submit the tax return for the previous year with your FAFSA. The Department of Education uses the FAFSA to determine a student's eligibility for federal and state funds. The recommended date is February 15th each year.
- As soon as tax returns have been filed, submit the FAFSA online.
- Continue filling out financial aid forms for prospective schools, as well as scholarship applications according to your deadline calendar. Though you have already filled out your FAFSA, some colleges have additional paperwork you must submit to request financial aid.
- As you submit these forms to various colleges, follow up to make sure all paperwork has been received.
- Keep looking for more scholarships. Churches, civic organizations and philanthropists could be possible sources of funding.
- Check with a high school guidance counselor to see if more scholarship opportunities have come in.
- Follow up on any scholarship applications submitted in the fall if you have not yet received an award notification.
- By now you should have received your Student Aid Report, or SAR, which summarizes the data you reported on your FAFSA. Check it to make sure it is accurate.
- If there are mistakes or if you have not received your SAR, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center.
- Continue to follow up on scholarship and financial aid applications you've submitted. Look for responses to applications in the mail.
- Look for acceptance deadlines on any scholarship or financial aid awards. You might have to formally accept the scholarship or financial aid by a certain date.
- Continue to follow up on scholarship applications if you have not yet received notification.
- If you do receive additional scholarships, inform your college financial aid office. They may need to adjust the federal financial aid package you are receiving.
- Fill out student loan applications if loans are part of your financial aid package. If you've been awarded federal loans contact the college to understand the steps necessary to receive your loan.
- Keep looking for scholarship opportunities being awarded by local businesses and groups.
- Work to help finance your education.
- Inform Bright Futures which college you'll be attending, so that your award is distributed in a timely manner.
- Continue looking for last-minute scholarship money or look for scholarships that can be applied for in the fall to help pay for your second year of college.
- Invest your summer earnings in a high-yield savings account.
- Check with your colleges for their procedures on handling FL pre-paid.