PLANNING CHECKLIST FOR SENIORS
High school graduation is approaching fast. The following checklist will help you to be prepared for what’s ahead. Read through the list items and follow the links to work through each one.
1. Read Indiana NEXT
Take some time to read through Indiana NEXT: a guide to life after high school. You should have gotten a copy from your guidance counselor. You can also view a copy here.
2. Review and update your high school graduation plan
Meet with your guidance counselor at the beginning of the year to make sure your graduation plan reflects your college and career goals. If you have been keeping track of your plan online, login in to Indiana Career Explorer to review it and make any necessary adjustments in your class schedule as soon as possible. You can learn more about graduation plans here.
3. Retake the ACT or SAT if needed
The college you are hoping to attend may have minimum scores they are looking for on entrance exams. You can retake these tests if you want to try for a higher score before you submit your college applications. Read more about entrance exams here.
4. If you haven’t already, make a list of your top colleges
To help you make your list, review the map of Indiana colleges and the list of Indiana college degree programs. Make sure that you select colleges that will help you achieve your career goals.
5. Start applying to colleges
Once you have narrowed down the colleges you plan to apply for, begin to research the applications requirements for each one. Review a list of steps to help you with the application process here.
6. File your FAFSA
Remember, April 15 is the deadline to file your FAFSA. You will have to do this before you can receive financial aid. An overview of the process is available here.
7. 21st CENTURY SCHOLARS: Complete your requirements
If you’re a 21st Century Scholar you will need to login to your ScholarTrack account to complete your Scholar Success Program requirements in order to receive your scholarship.