12th Grade Planning Timeline

12th grade students have a lot of important deadlines and responsibilities during their senior year. Keeping track of these deadlines will help them be more prepared for college, vocational school, and the work force. Below is a suggested planning timeline for you to follow throughout your senior year:

Fall Semester:

  • Keep studying! You want to avoid senioritis that is sometimes experienced by seniors because colleges are still looking at how well you are doing academically.
  • Talk to your counselor about possibilities for dual credit courses.
  • Save up your money!! It is never too early to start saving for unexpected costs of college.
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  • Request a copy of your transcript through Parchment. 
  • Check your transcripts to make sure you have all the credits you need to get into the colleges that interest you. Find out from colleges whether or not they need official copies of our transcripts. These are sent directly from the school through parchment.
  • Register for the October/November SAT and ACT exams if you plan on taking them.
  • Make sure you meet the requirements (including any transcript requirements) for all the colleges that you want to apply to. Double check application deadlines!
  • Early decision and early action application deadlines occur before a college’s regular admissions deadline and are typically in November, if not earlier.
  • Create a FSA ID. The FSA ID is an username and password combination that allows you to sign into your FAFSA form electronically. To create your FSA ID, click here: http://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/account-info
  • Begin searching for scholarships through CFWV, the colleges you are interested in, and other websites. 
  • Give any recommendation forms to the appropriate teachers or counselors, making certain that your portions of the forms have been filled out completely and accurately.


  • Complete your PROMISE Application.
  • Complete you Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1 and March 1st. Start now at fafsa.gov.
  • Check for other financial aid options. In order to be considered for most financial, such as scholarships and PROMISE, you will need to submit a FAFSA form.
  • Make a final list of schools that interest you and keep a file of deadlines and required admission items for each school.
  • Take the SAT or ACT exams. Have the official scores sent by the testing agency to the colleges or universities that have made your list of final schools.
  • Register for the December SAT exam if necessary.
  • Get started on any essays to be included with your application. Share your essays with teachers, counselors, parents, or friends for feedback.


  • Submit your college admission applications. Be sure to check them over thoroughly and have someone else review your application to help you catch any errors.
  • If you have completed the FAFSA, you should receive your Student Air Report (SAR) within four weeks. Make the corrections that are necessary and return it to FAFSA for processing.
  • Be sure to consult with your school counselor about scholarship opportunities. Continue doing research to find a variety of scholarships to apply to.
  • Work on scholarship application and send them in according to their deadline.
  • Check with the financial aid office of school that you are applying to for specific information on scholarships and costs of tuition, fees, room and board, and any additional financial aid information they require.


  • Watch your mailbox and email if you are submitting any early decision application. If you are accepted, you will want to withdraw any other applications.
  • If you have not already done so, make sure your official test scores (SAT, ACT, etc.) are being sent to the colleges that you are applying to.
  • Schedule any remaining required interviews.
  • Start thinking about how you are going to spend your summer because it is a great time to save up some money and gain working experience. Ask you counselor about internships and start researching for summer jobs.


Spring Semester: 


  • If you don’t already have a good computer, you will want to explore your options for purchasing one for college.
  • Request your high school transcripts through Parchment to be sent to the colleges that you are applying to.
  • Make sure your parents have completed their income take forms in anticipation of the financial aide applications.
  • Contact the admissions office of the colleges to which you have applied to make sure that your information has been received and that they have everything they need from you.
  • Keep any eye out for financial aid workshops and seminars, for you and your parents.


  • Complete your scholarship applications.
  • Contact the financial aid offices of the colleges that you have applied to in order to make sure that your information has been received and that they have everything they need from you.

March - April:

  • You will probably hear from colleges as to whether or not you are accepted by April 15th.
  • Compare your acceptance letters, financial aid and other scholarship offers.
  • When you choose a college that has accepted you, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit for freshman tuition to ensure your placement in the upcoming freshman class.


  • Take AP exams for any AP subjects that you studied in high school.
  • You should decide on a college by May 1st. Notify that school by mailing your commitment deposit check. Many schools require that your notification letter be postmarked by May 1st.
  • If you were placed on a waiting list for certain colleges and have decided to wait for an opening, contact that college and let them know that you are still very interested.


  • Have your school send your final transcripts to the college you will be attending by requesting you Final Transcript through Parchment. 
  • Contact your college to determine when fees to tuition, room and board are due, and how much they will cost.


  • Participate in any summer orientation programs for incoming freshmen.
  • Now that you know you will be attending college in the fall, it is a good idea to make sure you have student health insurance in case of any emergencies that may come up.

All information has been gathered from CFWV.com

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