High School Timeline

Freshman Year
  • Select college preparatory courses that challenge and stretch your abilities.

  • Explore your interests: extracurricular clubs, sports, volunteerism, etc.

  • Start your college web search.

Sophomore Year
Junior Year
  • Check course selections and credits with your guidance office/college access advisor.

  • Find your passion through diverse recreational and community service activities.

  • Explore scholarships. Do your research at the library, on the Internet, through OCIS, etc.

  • Take PSAT / NMSQT tests in the fall.

  • Continue campus visits.

  • Take the ACT and/or SATs.

Fall of Senior Year
  • Continue to pursue a strong academic curriculum.

  • Obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov to assist with filing your FAFSA.

  • Get financial aid/scholarship information and/or applications from colleges, your guidance office, or a college resource center.

  • Schedule final round of campus visits.

  • Ask for letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, employers, etc. to use for college and scholarship applications.

  • Send admission applications to colleges of your choice.

  • Explore financial aid procedures.

January of Senior Year
  • Plan to attend College Goal Sunday on February 10, 2008 with your parents to assist with completing the FAFSA. For more information, go to www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org.

  • Be sure to file your FAFSA by your colleges’ earliest priority date.

  • Check with the colleges to which you are applying to see if they require any additional forms.

  • Pursue other financial aid sources (church, fraternal organizations, etc.).

  • Visit all campuses to which you’ve been admitted before making your final decision.