Know the priority dates for filing the FAFSA at the colleges you are applying to.
*THE FAFSA IS A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT STARTING 2020-2021. If students are not eligible for the FAFSA or cannot complete the FAFSA, then they must complete the Alternative Application or the Nonparticipation Form/Waiver*
A) Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov online. The first date you may do this is October 1st. Parents: You will need your tax documents from the previous year. OR B) If eligible: complete the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid OR C) If eligible: complete the FAFSA Nonparticipation Form/Waiver with school counselor
Start to schedule college visits—many institutions will have a college visit day on Columbus Day.
Talk to admission counselors at colleges to find out whether or not you should take the ACT or the SAT.
Continue to search for scholarships.
Many schools have priority dates of November 1st. Make sure you are applying to colleges and universities.
Attend Black Hawk College Night.
Plan campus visits.
Continue to check for scholarships.
Start to learn how campus life will compare to living at home.
Keep your grades up.
Watch for FAFSA deadline posted by post-secondary institutions.
Prepare for finals if you need to take them—they matter!
Keep copies of all forms you submit to colleges and universities.
Contact your school counselor to have them send your transcripts that include your first semester senior grades.
Check admission status.
Confirm that colleges have received your first semester transcripts.
Local scholarships exclusive to Moline High School students will now become available. Listen to the announcements and look at the Counselor Blog online to learn about all of these opportunities.
By this time you should have received notification from the schools to which you applied. Notify the school you have chosen to attend no later than May 1.
Notify schools in which you applied for and alert them that you are not planning on attending.
Compare the financial aid packages from the schools in which you have been accepted.
Take AP exams for which you qualify.
Study for final exams.
After receiving an award letter from the Financial Aid Office at your college, sign it and send back to the college.
Make sure your final high school transcripts are sent to the college you plan to attend.