Senior year should be your most exciting year of high school. For me, it’s all about having a shortened class schedule and having only two core classes; however, come August I have a full course load at college. Still, I got a hell of a lot to do until graduation. This guide is directed towards seniors who have already been accepted into a college or intend to trade schools. Since I’m no expert, the best thing to do is to sit down with your school counselor or a parent and go through your game plan if you haven’t already.
1.) Fill out FAFSA
This financial aid application is needed for most schools and helps you figure out how much financial aid you can receive. The process of filling it out takes less than an hour, but you will need your parents’ tax returns from last year. According to the FAFSA’s official website, you should submit your FAFSA by the earliest financial aid deadline of the schools to which you are applying. This is usually by early February.
2.) Take a final set of ACT/SAT/standardized testing
If you’ve already been accepted into college, you’ve already taken at least one set of a standardized test. Most colleges require a score of 21 on the ACT OR over a 1070 on the SAT to be accepted. Taking the test more than once can increase your test scores, which only means more money and scholarships in the end.
3.) Start filling out scholarships
Everyone likes free money. Start off by applying for local scholarships when they come available. Then start looking for scholarships online. A few great websites for this are Scholly and Unigo. ** Never give out personal information such as a SS number for scholarships.
4.) Buy cap and gown
If you haven’t already, BUY YOUR CAP AND GOWN. All schools I know of require you to buy one if you want to graduate.
5.) Go to prom or your formal dance equivalent
Even if you have just some smidge of interest in going to prom, go! Sure, it’s kind of cheesy, but if you go with your squad I promise you will have a good time. You can always leave halfway through and go to IHOP or a friend’s house.
6.) Buy a yearbook
Your school’s yearbook staff, or whoever creates your book, puts a lot of time and effort into trying to capture your senior year. If you wait longer to purchase it, the price typically goes up.
7.) Send out graduation invites and announcements
Just send them out! You might get money from your relatives.