There will be a lot to do during your senior year. Please take a moment to look at the checklist below for information to help you get started and keep on track.
A newsletter is sent out each month with additional scholarship and college information. If you would like to be included on this list, please contact your student's counselor. Seniors will be able to sign up for this newsletter during September when they meet with their counselor.
Helpful Financial Aid Resources:
Information on Loans and borrowing for a college education
CFNC Booklet: Student Financial Aid for North Carolinians
Lendedu Financial Aid Tutorial
CFNC Financial Aid Workshop Powerpoint
- Review courses, graduation requirements, and scholarship opportunities with your counselor.
- Select 3-5 colleges ~ a dream school, a safety school, and others in between.
- Track application and financial aid deadlines for colleges. Do this through CFNC or the college's website
- Take the first SAT or ACT offered in the Fall if you still need additional test scores. See Testing Information for dates and deadlines. Register on www.sat.collegeboard.org for the SAT and www.act.org for the ACT. Make sure you choose all the schools you may apply to as recipients for your scores.
- Write, edit, proofread, and rewrite your admissions essays early.
- Ask teachers, counselors, or references to write letters of recommendation.
- Attend college day and participate in College Application Week, if available. Please see Student Services for the College Day form if going during a school day and for information on College Application Week.
- Complete online college applications at CFNC.org or the college's website before the deadlines.
- Send your official high school transcript through CFNC.org transcript manager if applying to a North Carolina School. Ask Student Services if you have any questions on how to send your transcript. If your school is out of state, please come by Student Services to have your transcript sent.
- Send in any other college applications not completed online.
- Check with college financial aid offices for school-specific scholarship information and forms.
- See the Scholarship Information page for scholarship opportunities. Register in Student Services to receive the newsletter by email.
- Student athletes send transcripts to NCAA Clearinghouse for eligibility certification. See Mr. McKnight in Student Services or click the link for more information.
- Get a FSA ID (both student and one parent) in order to electronically sign you FAFSA.
- Complete and submit FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov as soon as possible after October 1.
- For help with your FAFSA, sign up at CFNC.org for a FAFSA Day near you. Check out the Student Services Calendar for local dates. Get an early start on financial aid possibilities and estimates with FAFSA4caster.
- If you are considering the military make sure you have met with a recruiter. Here is a Marine Corps video to view if you are interested.
- Compare admission acceptance letters and financial aid packages.
- Submit your enrollment deposit to hold your spot at the college you choose.
- Apply for education loans, if needed.
- Make sure your final high school transcript is sent to your college. If you sent it through CFNC transcript manager, it will automatically send. Please fill out a final request form at Student Services if you have not sent your transcript online.
- Send in any college credit course transcripts. Ask the community college to send the transcript to your college of choice.
- Take exams for any AP or college-level courses completed.
- For community college admission, take the ASSET, COMPASS, or ACCUPLACER test. See Janet Barnes for more information.
Information from CFNC.org