General Information

  • Congratulations, you've finally made it to your senior year! This year you'll experience a wide array of mixed emotions. While this is an exciting time, it can also be stressful. The key is purposeful planning and keeping up with deadlines. If you have any questions, your school counselor is available to help.

Scholarship Information

  • You may be familiar with the adage of The Golden Rule: He or she who has the gold makes the rules. This is true with scholarships, which makes doing your research very important. There is no way your counselor can know all the specifics about you, your family background, parent employment and involvements, etc. When looking through scholarship databases, it is a good idea to have both parents and students working together.

Summer

    • Prioritize college choice
    • Determine deadlines for colleges and scholarships
    • Continue to visit colleges
    • Create/update your resume
    • Register for SAT/ACT if needed
    • Be aware of timeline for competitive scholarships
    • Make sure senior course selections meet college expectations
    • Fill out the "Student Brag Sheet" if you need a recommendation from your school counselor for college admission or a scholarship
    • Athletes, check NCAA requirements

Early Fall

    • Meet with your school counselor to explore options
    • Attend college fairs and meet with admissions officers
    • Use CFNC to apply to NC colleges and send transcripts
    • Use the Common App to apply to colleges outside of North Carolina
    • Begin applying to college by completing applications and essays
    • Review transcript procedures
    • Request and collect recommendations
    • Start applying for scholarships
    • Meet early decision deadlines, if applicable
    • Make good grades

Mid-Year

    • Verify that your application process is complete
    • Complete financial aid process and FAFSA
    • Continue applying for scholarships
    • Request midyear transcripts, as needed

Spring

    • Make your final college decision
    • Continue to work hard. Despite admittance to college, your grades still count and colleges can revoke your admission!
    • Continue applying for scholarships
    • Communicate with your college to begin enrollment
    • Take AP/SAT Subject Tests, as needed
    • Request final transcript (automatically sent by CFNC)
    • Complete NCAA requirements (athletes)