SEPTEMBER

  • Set up meeting with your Guidance Counselor
  • Gather information on potential schools
  • Begin planning visits to colleges of interest
  • Last chance to register for SAT/ACT
  • Get online at fastweb.com – scholarship search through the Internet. NO CHARGE!
  • Ask teachers for recommendation letters.
  • Send SAT/ACT scores to colleges directly from the testing agency
  • Confirm if your schools require SAT II testing

OCTOBER

  • Check college application deadlines carefully! Be fully aware of RHS method of sending applications
  • Application deadlines MUST be in to counselors 10 SCHOOL DAYS before deadline.
  • Check financial aid application deadlines very carefully! Determine if a CSS Profile form is necessary and if so, register.  VSAC will hold a CSS Profile night to explain this form. Date and time will be posted on the morning announcements.
  • Some Early Decision/Early Action applications are due
  • Narrow down choices of schools
  • Work on portfolio, essay, resume. Schedule college interviews, auditions, etc.
  • Begin application process for schools of your choice.
  • Attend VSAC’s Paying for College Night. Date and time will be posted on the morning announcements.
  • Complete “CSS Profile” form if required by your schools.
  • Check deadlines for college-sponsored scholarships.

NOVEMBER

  • Finalize college applications
  • Contact your guidance counselor every time you submit an application
  • Complete NCAA paperwork if planning on playing sports in college eligibilitycenter.org
  • Register for FAFSA PIN. You should obtain a PIN prior to January.
  • To get a PIN#, go to http://pin.ed.gov

DECEMBER

  • Application deadline for some medical programs (nursing, dental hygiene, PT, etc.). In addition, some selective colleges have January 1st  Applications due Jan. 1st must be in to the RHS Guidance Office by

December 11.  Counselors will not be in school over the holiday break.

  • Sign up to receive the email listing of various local, state and other scholarship opportunities by emailing
  • Anne Carpenter at acarpenter@rutlandschools.org and you will be added to this scholarship distribution list.

   JANUARY

  • VSAC Scholarship booklets available in the guidance office
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Federal Form for Student Aid) on web at fafsa.ed.gov
  • Check with college to determine if you must complete additional forms. (CSS Profile form, financial aid forms, scholarship applications, etc.)
  • College applications should be completed…don’t wait until the last minute as early applicants may have an “edge”. NOTE:  Those with January 15th deadlines are due in the Guidance Office by January 6th.
  • Begin to check the Scholarship File and Chart that is emailed and available in the Guidance Office on a regular basis.
  • VSAC will hold two Forms Nights to help parents with questions regarding the FAFSA. The dates will be Date and time will be posted on the morning announcements.

FEBRUARY

  • Be aware of financial aid deadlines
  • Continue to check the Scholarships available through the guidance office
  • VSAC Grant Applications due March 1st
  • Plan a campus visit, if possible.

MARCH

  • Determine if you need to submit any “last minute” applications
  • Watch for acceptance letters, completed school related forms, check all email from schools.
  • If FAFSA sends you a verification form, be sure to review it and make any necessary corrections as soon as possible.

APRIL

  • Receive notification of acceptance decisions from colleges
  • Be aware of how much time you have to make your decision
  • Some financial aid award letters may be received
  • Begin search for a summer job
  • Compare financial aid award from different schools
  • Pay attention to scholarship deadlines

MAY

  • Final college choice decision made. Send in deposit (Usually due on May 1st)
  • Notify colleges you choose not to attend about that decision
  • Complete “Senior Survey” for Guidance Office – we need to know where to send your final transcript!
  • Look for a summer job

JUNE

  • Graduate in June
  • Plan your college orientation – consider freshmen year schedule-What do you really want to study?

GENERAL REMINDERS:

  • Check daily announcement regularly and/or have them emailed to you
  • 18 year-old males need to register with the Selective Service
  • Guidance Office automatically sends grades mid-year and final transcripts to respective colleges
  • ROTC deadlines – Consider contacting military recruiters for specific dates, etc.