College Applications

    • Meet with your counselor to review all deadlines and requirements for the college application process
    • Attend college information nights in your community
    • Check college websites/Naviance for applications, deadlines, financial aid and housing information
    • Ask your counselor to evaluate your transcript for high school graduation and college eligibility
    • Register to take or retake college entrance exams
    • Keep your test scores, resume and transcript organized to help in completing college applications
    • Counselor letters of recommendation require To Know Thy Knight forms from you and your parent
    • Ask teachers for any required or optional letters of recommendation. This process is done in Naviance and more information can be found here.
    • Finalize portfolios, audition materials or writing samples as required for each application
    • Get feedback from a college advisor, teacher, or parent/guardian and complete revisions of all applications and essays

    Financial Aid

    • Review the financial aid application process and timeline required by the colleges on your list
    • Register for an FSA ID, which serves as your FAFSA e-signature; student’s parents/guardians must also register for an FSA ID
    • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which opens on October 1
    • Information from the 2017 tax year will be used for entering class of 2019
    • Attend financial aid workshops in your community for help completing the FAFSA
    • Be aware that private schools may require additional financial information from the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE 
    • Check your state financial aid websites for more information about in-state financial aid opportunities for undocumented and DACA students
    • Search and apply for scholarships 
    • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) once FAFSA has been processed and make any needed corrections



    College Application Follow-up

    • Check your email frequently for additional information colleges might request within their timeline
    • JCHS will automatically send your mid-year transcript to any college you have applied to - these will be sent in February after first semester grades are posted. 
    • Continue scholarship searches over winter break and submit applications




    • Keep up your grades—college admissions are conditional and can be rescinded if you do not continue academic excellence
    • Check with the colleges where you have applied before considering dropping a senior year class; all classes on your college application are expected to be completed 
    • Take your Advanced Placement (AP) exams

    Best College and Financial Fit

    • Check your email for admissions decision notification
    • Visit campuses that most interest you during admitted student’s day or before
    • Carefully review your financial aid award letters for each campus where you have received admissions and compare each offer; ask your counselor or the career center assistant for help in clarifying your award letters
    • Discuss your options with your parents/guardians - use this worksheet
    • Call financial aid offices to answer questions or negotiate your award
    • Notify and place a deposit at the college of your choice by Decision Day (May 1)—congratulations!

    College Admissions Follow-Up

    • Sign into your college portal and review your task list and deadlines
    • Check your email for correspondence and deadline reminders
    • Finalize your financial aid; accept your financial aid award or work with the college’s financial aid office to adjust it
    • Request your final transcript be sent to your college choice - this will be done through the JCHS final senior survey
    • Request AP scores be submitted to your new college
    • If you took a DE course, request your NVCC transcript be submitted to your new college
    • Ask about college placement tests—some colleges require them for English and math; make sure to register in time and study beforehand
    • Sign up for summer and/or fall orientation; some are mandatory and some have a cost
    • Register for your classes during orientation
    • Figure out housing—if living on campus, complete any roommate survey forms, sign the housing contract and submit a housing deposit to make sure you have a reserved room


    Summer - More Work To Do

    • Work and save money during the summer and see if you can secure a campus job
    • Make a budget with your parents/guardians
    • Download the college’s health forms and see your doctor; colleges typically require evidence of immunizations and a clean bill of health
    • Plan your payments; tuition payments are due at the beginning of the semester so research payment options beforehand
    • Make travel arrangements if you are traveling far to college; buy travel (plane, train, bus) tickets and make hotel reservations early (if necessary) 
    • Send thank-you notes to everyone who helped in your college process, such as counselors, college advisors and teachers who wrote letters of recommendation
    • Spend time with your family if you will be leaving home and set expectations for while you are in college and how and when you will communicate during the semester