____Narrow your list of colleges to around five and make sure you have application and financial aid information from those schools.
____Schedule to take the SAT or ACT again if applicable.
____Ask for teacher recommendations.
____Write application essays.
____The deadlines for merit based scholarships usually fall long before the deadline for admission. Submit college applications by October 1 st !!
____Check your online portal for colleges that you have applied to in order to attain an inventory of items that still need attention.
____ Submit FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
____Submit your FFAA application (Bright Futures application) as soon after December 1st as possible. This application must be completed and submitted prior to graduation in order to receive the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship for those who qualify.
____Boys must register for the selective services by their 18 th birthday to receive federal funding.
____Be in contact with your financial aid officer.
____You should receive acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April.
____Complete the FBA Senior Exit Survey in order for your final transcript to be submitted to the college of your choice
____Take the PSAT. Junior year, your scores are considered for the National Merit Scholarship.
____Take a career assessment test to assist in your career decisions. Visit the FBA website for a link to a career assessment test.
____Focus on your grades! This is the last year to acquire a strong GPA for college admission applications next fall!
____Collect financial aid information, admission requirements and admission deadlines for colleges that you are interested in attending.
____Register to take the SAT and the ACT. Visit the FBA website for links to these websites.
____Get an SAT and an ACT preparation booklet from your Guidance Counselor and start preparing for the tests.
____Visit college campuses and take tours!
____Take the ACT and the SAT.
____Schedule a Junior Meeting with Mrs. Crain.
____ATHLETE’S- Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse eligibility center and/or the NAIA. Test scores (ACT/SAT) should be sent to code “9999”.
____Ask your teachers to write recommendation letters and develop a high school resume.
____Consider the CLEP test. Our school website includes additional CLEP information.
____Start off the year right by doing your best in all of your classes. The grades you earn become part of your GPA.
____Get involved in extracurricular activities. Colleges are looking for well rounded students.
____Start logging all extracurricular activities, awards, community service and honors. Update it every semester.
____Sophomore year, take the PSAT. The PSAT is a prep test for the SAT.
____Sophomores should begin attending college fairs in the area.
____Sophomores should begin networking and asking questions from friends who are already attending college.
____Sophomores need to start preparing for the SAT and ACT!! For study resources, check out the FBA website.
____Sophomores need to link their PSAT results with Khan Academy.
(This action is completed in the PSAT reveal meeting at school.)
____Sign up for college preparatory, challenging courses. Consider AP courses. Many statistics show that taking Physics, Chemistry and classes higher than Algebra II increase your chance of scoring high on standardized tests.
____Colleges look for volunteer hours, so start early with community service.
____ Look into summer opportunities. Colleges may want to know how you have spent your summer.
____Take the Pre-ACT. The Pre-ACT is a preparation test for the ACT