High School Senior Timeline

Photo by Jon Ridinger
(What you should be doing)

September
Register for selective service (males at age 18)
Confirm 7 colleges for application and their requirements.
Begin on common application (Private Colleges)

October
Complete College applications

November
Early Action deadline for most colleges
30th Registration deadlines for most colleges

December
Get FAFSA PIN at fafsa.ed.gov
Private Scholarship search
Analyze and respond to early decision notices and financial aid award
Search for internships
Scholarship search
Assemble FAFSA required forms (remind parents to do taxes ASAP)

January
FAFSA (Tax filing must be complete before FAFSA)

February
FAFSA- EFC Notification arrive for early applications
Internship Search

March
FAFSA Verification for some people
Scholarship search

April
Cal Grant Notification
Acceptance Letter and aid award analysis
Decide on a school prior to May 1 deadline

May-June
Complete all classes, get good grades. Your college acceptance can be rescinded if your grades drop, ditto scholarships