→ Plan to attend the Stevens College & Career Readiness Night during the Open House Night before the start of school. This will provide information for parents and students concerning how to make plans for college and post-secondary options. You will also receive information on the FAFSA, scholarships, and admission.
→ As soon as possible after October 1st complete the FAFSA online. Keep copies of all documents, including your PIN.
- For assistance filling out the FAFSA form, contact the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-4-FEDAID.
- REMEMBER: You want to meet school priority deadlines with the FAFSA form, and submit your application before the institution’s deadline. Schools have a limited supply of financial aid, so the earlier you apply, the better.
- Watch for the email notice indicating your Student Aid Report (SAR) is ready. Be sure to review your SAR for errors and make any corrections as indicated.
- Check with financial aid offices to ensure your paperwork is complete. Submit tax forms if requested.
- Plan to attend the FAFSA Completion Event at Stevens High School in the Fall.
→ If you have not done so already, or need to again, register for the ACT and/or SAT exam(s). Ideally, you should take these exams by December.
- Go to www.act.org for more information, registration, and test dates on the ACT.
- Go to www.collegeboard.com for more information, registration, and test dates on the SAT.
→ Begin asking teachers, counselors or other adults who you would want to write letters of recommendation for you. Utilize the Student Autobiographical Sketch to help give those individuals more information about you.
- Even if you are applying to colleges that may not require a letter of recommendation, you may run across scholarships that do, so it is always good to have a letter of recommendation ready.
- REMEMBER deadlines; always give the individuals writing your letters of recommendation plenty of time.
→ Attend the Post High Planning Day at the Civic Center in October.
→ Schedule visits with the colleges that you are considering. It is important to make personal contact! Stop in the Guidance office to see what college representatives are coming to Stevens. If a rep is coming from a college you are considering, it is highly advised that you come and visit with them. These are the individuals who will eventually be reading your applications!
- If you are unable to visit colleges that you are considering, check out the virtual tours online at some of the college websites.
→ BE AWARE OF APPLICATION DEADLINES!!! Give yourself plenty of time to complete applications as well as essays, letters of recommendation, etc.
- Remember: “Early Decision” applications are binding, this means that if you are accepted, you MUST attend that school and can not longer apply to any other colleges. November 1st is a common Early Decision deadline.
- “Early Action” is similar to Early Decision, but it is NOT binding.
→ Most of your college applications will require that you send an official transcript with your application; be sure you see the Records office at Stevens to get your transcript sent out.
→ Start researching scholarships! Go directly to the schools you are looking at and fill out their scholarship applications if offered. Get connected with various scholarship search engines such as www.fastweb.com or www.petersons.com and also register with the ListServe on Stevens High School’s webpage, where you can check out scholarships that we have received information on.
→ See your counselor to see if you would be eligible for the Dakota Corps or the SD Opportunity Scholarship. These have specific criteria and deadlines to meet.
→ Continue to stay on top of the application deadlines. Always submit information on time.
→ Keep researching and applying for any and all financial aid that you qualify for, such as grants and scholarships.
- Remember: There is not limit to the amount of scholarship money you can take with you to college, so you should be applying for any and all that you qualify for.
→ Research Advance Placement (AP) or College-Level Examination (CLEP) exams.
→ Be on the lookout for acceptance letters.
→ Review acceptance letters and compare financial aid offers.
→ Make your final college decision and mail deposits, as required.
→ Check with the college you have chosen about returning financial aid award letters.
→ Notify the schools you have chosen NOT to attend.
→ Plan for registration, orientation and housing, and mark your calendar with important dates.
→ Follow up with the Records office to ensure that your final transcript is forwarded to your college.