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12th Grade

Hello Seniors!

You made it to your senior year! During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice. This year is filled with admission applications, scholarship essays, financial aid information and the need to meet deadlines. Throughout your senior year, continue to build your resume by achieving academic success, as well as participating in extracurricular activities. Colleges are very interested in well-rounded students.

Senior Calendar

September

  • Visit the Senior page on the RBV Counseling website to view the college planning presentation and review important dates.
  • Update your Naviance account including your email address, Brag Sheet, resume and college lists.
  • Finalize your “Colleges I’m Applying To” list in Naviance; reduce your list to 5-10 schools. This list should include at least 2-3 “definite”, 3-4 “target” schools and 2-3 “reach” schools. 
  • Identify schools that use Common Application and apply using the Common Application.  It is easier to submit information.
  • Request a Counselor and/or Teacher Letter of Recommendation IN PERSON, if required.  NOTE: UC & CSU do not require letters.  You must complete your BRAG SHEET before you request a letter.
  • Register/Prepare for the October & November SAT and ACT tests. Send test scores directly to ALL colleges.
  • Attend upcoming college visits to meet college reps in the Career Center. See Naviance.
  • Attend RBV's Senior College Night
  • Begin writing your college essays.

October

  • Begin CSU application online at www.csumentor.com on October 1. Complete and submit by the end of October. CSU Filing Period Oct 1-Nov 30
  • Begin UC application online at www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply on October 1. UC Filing Period Nov 1-Nov 30
  • Begin applications for out-of-state and private 4 yr. colleges.  Complete all Early Decision and Early Action by November 1.
  • Continue scholarship search.
  • Complete all requests for letters of recommendation and school forms for regular Decision applications.
  • Take SAT and/or ACT tests.
  • Register and attend UC &CSU Application Workshops.  See Naviance.
  • Register/Prepare for the November or December SAT Test.
  • Register for the December ACT Test.
  • Attend upcoming college visits to meet college reps in the Career Center. See Naviance.
  • Request an official transcript through NAVIANCE for each college that you are applying to, except UC and CSU campuses. They are FREE!
  • Register for CSS Profile (financial aid form for private schools) for schools that require it. Go to www.collegeboard.org.

November

  • DeadlineNOVEMBER 30th to Submit UC and CSU  Applications.
  • Register/prepare for December SAT/ACT Tests.
  • UC Application Filing Period Opens: Nov 1-Nov 30.
  • Register and attend UC &CSU Application Workshops. See Naviance.
  • Check application deadline for private colleges.
  • Attend upcoming college visits to meet college reps in the Career Center. See Naviance.
  • Continue scholarship search.

December

  • Complete ALL out-of-state and private 4 year college applications.  
  • Study for your finals and do well!!! Senior year grades DO matter.
  • Visit colleges over winter break.
  • Take December SAT and ACT Tests (Last date accepted by UC)
  • Obtain FAFSA PIN at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Continue scholarship research.
  • Write thank you notes to teachers and counselor for letters of recommendations.
  • If you are admitted as Early Decision, notify other colleges and withdraw all other application in progress.
  • Don’t forget to send official SAT or ACT scores to ALL colleges and universities!!!          

January

  • Complete and submit your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov starting January 1, but not later than March 2 (check with individual colleges).
  • Attend RBV’s Financial Aid Night in January.
  • For schools that request and require it, send transcripts to colleges needing 7th semester grades and submit your Mid-Year report request to your counselor.
  • Notify all colleges in writing if you change your schedule during second semester.
  • Check with colleges by calling, emailing, or through your application portal account online, to confirm that your application has been completed and all required documents were received.
  • Respond to all requests for additional information from your colleges.

February

  • Complete all financial aid forms (FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification forms).
  • Continue your scholarship search.
  • Visit colleges during February break.
  • Update Naviance account.
  • Sign up for Palomar and MiraCosta placement tests.

March

  • CAL Grant and FAFSA Deadline:MARCH 2
  • Arrival of college acceptance letters.
  • Carefully review the Student Aid Report (SAR) and make revisions as necessary.
  • Check your e-mail regularly for college notifications and admission decisions.
  • Visit schools that you are admitted to and are considering attending.
  • Stay in touch with the financial aid offices at colleges to better understand you financial aid packages.
  • Let your counselor know of your admission decisions and update your Naviance account with decisions.
  • Sign up for AP tests.
  • Submit RBV Local Scholarship/Award Application check for Deadline.

April

  • Look for Financial Air Letters in the mail.
  • Review college acceptances.
  • Visit school that you are admitted to and are considering.
  • Make your decision on which school you will attend.
  • If you are waitlisted, write to the school and follow their instructions.
  • Begin searching for summer jobs and/or internships.

May

  • May 1 is the National Candidate Reply Date. Notify your ONE school of choice by May 1 and pay the commitment deposit fee. Notify your counselor of your decision
  • Submit housing forms as early as possible to ensure your choice of residence hall and pay the deposit.
  • Take AP exams and study for finals. Send the AP score report to your college.
  • Keep your grades up! Colleges can and have rescinded offers of admission when there is a significant drop in grades and attendance.
  • Complete the Graduation Survey in Naviance.
  • Update Naviance account.

June

  • Request a final transcript in Naviance to be sent to the college you will attend.
  • Student athletes who plan to compete at a Division I or II college must request a final transcript to be sent to the college as well as the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
  • Complete the Graduation Survey in Naviance.
  • Attend Freshman Orientation, take appropriate placement exams and register for Fall classes.
  • Send thank you know to your scholarship donors.
  • Graduate from Rancho Buena Vista High School.  Have a great summer and look forward to the amazing adventure that awaits you!

FAFSA

Any senior who is planning to pursue either a public or private post-secondary institution after graduation (including a 4-year college, a community college, or a technical/trade school) should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Although 2013 tax and wage information is required, the FAFSA can be submitted with estimates and be adjusted later if necessary (so do not wait until after taxes are filed to submit).

Beware of “fake” FAFSA sites on the internet and of many individuals and companies that offer to “help” prepare the FAFSA (often for a fee). You should only use the genuine FAFSA website (https://fafsa.ed.gov/ ), and you should keep in mind that the application is free and that there is also free assistance available through the FAFSA site by phone and live chat.

For a tutorial that will take you through the entire FAFSA application process, go to:http://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/fafsasimplification/

For an overview of financial aid resources including not only the FAFSA but also additional sources of funding, use:

http://studentaid.ed.gov/  and  http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=19