November for Seniors
November? WOW almost! - your senior year of high school baseball is just around the corner as is graduation - Over the next few posts, I will cover some very important tasks that need to be taken care of and attempt to explain what is happening behind the scenes with college recruiters, admissions personnel as well as financial aid offices
*College Applications: It is time to get started - please tell me you have started.
*Upcoming ACT & SAT test dates (Seniors too) :
ACT– November 4th is the deadline to register for the December 10th test date. Click here to register SAT– November 3rd is the deadline to register for the December 3rd test date. Click here to register
Even if you have already taken 1 or 2 SAT's there is no harm in increasing your score - it could be worth thousands of dollars in scholarships for you - so YES seniors should consider taking it one more time.
Reminders: (if you have questions on any of this please just send me a note)
Student’s with 3.50 of higher GPA’s Take SAT II’s
Early action and early decision deadlines should be completed this month (watch for next Monday’s Wake Up Call on this topic)
Send in rolling admissions applications – the sooner the better
Keep working on January and February- deadline applications.
Some students will have an opportunity to sign/commit early this month. If this is you, be sure it’s the best possible fit for you.
Do not do it just because they offered.
Do not do it just because the money is right
BE SURE it’s a perfect fit for you!
The rest of you (99+%) will have to wait until later on to make that commitment
Don’t freak out (its normal)
Don’t add any pressure to this college search, remember it’s a process
When the school is right, it will appear, have trust in your college plan and your decision making
If you apply to a community college (2 year) be aware of priority registration dates, usually November – April.
Now is the time to start researching and making decisions on which 2 year college is right for you, if that’s an option.
New this year - November will be their signing date fr baseball.
Begin & complete the FAFSA - Critical to getting the money you need.
Get online for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Click here to get started
The FAFSA is the federal form used by colleges to compute your financial aid package
You and your parents should complete the form even if you don’t think you’re eligible for need based aid. The FAFSA may qualify you for federal loans, scholarships grants and work study jobs once you’re in college
The form can be filed after October 1 so if you have not started it ... you are LATE
the earlier you file, the better.
Research scholarships offered by companies, parents’ employers, civic and/or church groups.