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12th Grade College Planning


August/Early September

  • Challenge yourself your senior year! This is the final stretch so make it count.
  • If you don’t already have a social security card for work or college, apply for one now.
  • Research early decision/early action application deadlines.
  • If you are electing to take the ACT, begin the registration process now. 


  • Maintain strong study skills.
  • Attend Senior College Planning Night.
  • Research scholarships.
  • Begin CSS Financial Aid PROFILE, if required by the school you are applying to.
  • Register for the SATs.
  • Continue fine tune your college lists.
  • Attend college admission sessions.
  • Meet with your counselor and college career specialist to discuss your post-high school plans.


  • Research college application deadlines online.
  • If letters of recommendation are required, request them from teachers who will write strong letters and remember provide them within a 2 weeks notice of your college application deadline.
  • Meet with your College Career Specialist to develop your resumé for a job or college.
  • Attend college admission info sessions in the College Career Center.
  • Attend the overnight senior college tour


  • Research college application deadlines online.
  • Submit early action/early decision applications, if applicable.
  • Attend Financial Aid Night to learn about the FAFSA application and how to source for financial aid for college


  • College application deadlines online.
  • This is the last month to take the SAT or ACT for UCONN, additional colleges may apply.
  • Be aware of each college’s financial aid deadline.


  • Begin the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1.
  • Meet with your College and Career Specialist for local scholarship information.
  • Get a head start on competitive paid summer internship opportunities like the http://bankofamerica.com/studentleaders application, deadline closes late January, 


  • Tap into your resources. Ask about scholarships from parents’ employers, your current employer, local shops, banks and grocery stores. Scholarship opportunities are everywhere YOU are.
  • Looking to earn some money before heading off to college? Complete the Summer Youth Employment Application online by visiting www.capitalworkforce.org.


  • Plan summer activities: school, work or community service.
  • Stay in tune with competitive business internship opportunities such as INROADS Internship Opportunities, http://www.inroads.org/apply deadline closes in April.
  • If you are enrolling into a community college in the fall, register to take the placement exams in English and Math.  In order to be exempt from this placement test, you must have scored a 450 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading or Writing and a 500 or higher on the SAT Math portion of the test.
  • Attend the Understand Your Awards Letter Night to assess which college has offered you the best financial aid package.


  • Start researching summer job opportunities such as the YMCA’s Young Women’s Leadership Corps (YWLC) http://www.ywcahartford.org/what_we_do/ywlc.html (application deadline closes late April) begin networking.
  • Return intent to register forms to your chosen campus before May 1.
  • Notify the colleges you are not attending. 


  • Meet with your school counselor to ensure final transcripts are sent to your chosen college/university.
  • Contact your chosen college/university to ensure all forms have been submitted fall registration and housing selection.

Helpful Links:

List of Late College Application Deadlines:

List of Colleges Noted on the Common Application and their Deadlines:  http://www.collegedata.com/cs/content/common_app_colleges.jhtml?order_by=s.schoolName&method=pagination