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Planning Timelines

Twelfth-Grade Planner

August/September

  • Meet with your counselor to make sure you’re on track to meet graduation and admissions requirements.
  • Keep doing your best in your classes.
  • Narrow your list of schools and request admissions information from each.
  • Check out the catalog from each school you’re interested in. Most catalogs are online, or you can ask the school to send you one.
  • Request your personalized Getting the Facts – Your Personalized College Guide online through your MyKHEAA account.
  • Most early decision or early action admission deadlines are in October and November.
  • Create a college access calendar to track:
    • Test dates, fees and deadlines.
    • College application due dates.
    • Financial aid applications and deadlines.
    • Deadlines for requesting recommendation letters, transcripts and other necessary material. Ask people at least two weeks before you need them.
  • Register for the October SAT and/or ACT. You must take the ACT/SAT before you graduate from high school to qualify for a KEES bonus award.
  • Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm to set up a Federal Student Aid ID and password.

October

  • Gather information you need to file the FAFSA. Submit it as soon as possible after Oct. 1. The best way to file is online at www.fafsa.gov.
  • Begin writing admissions essays. Ask a teacher or counselor to review and provide feedback.
  • Attend college fairs, visit colleges and meet with admission representatives.
  • Request recommendations from teachers, employers and counselors. Give each person your resume; a stamped, addressed envelope; and any required forms
  • Apply for early decision if that’s your plan. Keep copies of everything you send.

November

  • Use Affording Higher Education and the Scholarship Search link on www.kheaa.com to find scholarships. Apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible.
  • Complete any college essays you have to submit. Have a teacher or parent proofread for mistakes.
  • Make a list of your top choices and begin preparing applications.

December

  • Get your recommendation letters from your references and send them thank-you notes.
  • Finish and submit your college applications. Keep copies of everything you send.
  • Have your high school send transcripts to the colleges you selected.

January

  • If you’re accepted for early decision, withdraw applications to other schools.
  • Complete any additional financial aid applications required by schools. Keep copies of everything you send.
  • Contact colleges to make sure they received your application.
  • Submit mid-year grade reports to schools that require them.

February

  • Register for the May SAT or April ACT. This may be your LAST CHANCE to earn your full KEES scholarship award.
  • Review college acceptance letters and compare financial aid offers.

March

  • Make your final choice. Send acceptance letters, any other documents and deposits to the school you chose.
  • Notify the schools you won’t be attending.
  • Request course descriptions and schedules from the school you have selected.
  • Review your Student Aid Report, which will tell you how much your family is expected to pay for your education. If any information is incorrect, make corrections online at www.fafsa.gov
  • If selected for financial aid verification, provide documents to the college.

April

  • Confirm housing arrangements and send in any required deposits.
  • Take AP exams.

May

  • Submit scholarship acceptance forms.
  • Make sure you’ve returned all financial aid award notices.
  • Plan to attend freshman orientation and registration.

June

  • Make sure your final high school transcript is sent to the school you’ll attend.
  • Consider getting a summer job to help you pay some of your expenses.
  • Send thank-you notes to anyone who helped you during the application process.

July

  • Make a list of what you’ll need to take with you.
  • If you haven’t met your roommate, take time to get acquainted.
  • Check your school’s social media websites to connect with other students.

August

  • Make sure you have your housing documentation when you move into the dorm.
  • Review a campus map. Learn how to get around at your new school.
  • Buy your books and supplies after the first class meeting.
  • Work hard in your classes so your college career will be a success.