Senior Year Timeline
First Semester Tasks
Be aware of all deadlines (see ACT and SAT Testing Schedule for a complete listing of test dates and registration deadlines.) Also, be aware of PROMISE Scholarship requirements and application deadline. To assist students in assessing their progress toward meeting the requirements for the PROMISE Scholarship, the Guidance Office will monitor students’ core GPAs throughout their senior year. All seniors will be taken to the computer lab to apply for the PROMISE Scholarship in January.
Throughout the year, the Guidance Office will announce what college representatives will be visiting CCHS. These visits are typically held during the junior/senior lunch period. The visits serve as a great opportunity to ask questions and, in some cases, apply for admission on the spot! If interested in a particular school, students should sign up in the Guidance Office. Click here for a list of scheduled college visits and be sure to check back often as this list is updated.
Know your application deadlines and admission requirements for your selected colleges/universities. Investigate if Early Action or Early Decision is an option; visit the college/university website for this information. Also, schedule and prepare yourself for an official college visit. If possible, do the following during your campus visit:
- talk with an admission counselor
- take an official tour of the campus
- sit in on a class, in the program of your interest and/or speak with a faculty member in your department of interest
- eat lunch in the dining hall
- spend a night in the residence hall
Chances are you are going to need at least three different letters of recommendation. Please request these early in the school year. Give your teachers, counselors, and principal at least two weeks to prepare a letter for you. Also, please give them all the necessary information they need: (1) Tell them where the letter is going; (2) If this letter is for admission or a scholarship; and (3) Give them information about you, such as the information you put on your Student Stewardship and Activities Form that describes your CCHS achievements/clubs/organizations, or give them a copy of your resume.
CCHS will take the entire Senior class to the College Fair in early October as part of the college exploration process. The date and time will be announced through school announcements and through the school e-newsletter.
This program is your “one-stop-shop” for college planning! Seniors should attend with their parents to get a comprehensive look at the college planning process. Invitations and meeting details will be sent directly to families as the meeting date approaches. Contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions.
To prepare for the on-line financial aid application process, you and your parent must have PIN numbers. These numbers serve as your signatures when you apply on-line for financial aid. You should begin this process in November, so you have your PIN numbers well before January 1. NOTE: Parents, if you already have a pin number you acquired to file the FAFSA for an older child, you do not need another one. However, each child in a household needs his/her own pin number.
Those students planning to take second semester college courses through WVNCC and/or WJU must register with the college/university. At this point, the college courses may be listed on your CCHS schedule, but you are not officially scheduled in the college courses until you complete the registration available in the CCHS Guidance Office.
Paper applications should be turned in to the Guidance Office. We will mail your application along with your transcript of grades and test scores. If you apply on-line please let the Guidance Office know so that we may forward your transcripts. A lot of colleges and universities prefer that you apply on-line.
Second Semester Tasks
The Financial Aid process will begin in January. CCHS will host a Financial Aid Night Workshop in January and a FAFSA on the Web Workshop in February. These workshops will assist you and your parents in filing your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). It is very important that you attend at least one of these workshops, if not both, with your parent(s).
All qualifying Seniors will be taken to the computer lab and will be applying for the PROMISE Scholarship in January.
The Guidance Office will relay important information that pertains to seniors throughout the school year, from college/university representative visits to scholarship information. Seniors are encouraged to visit the Guidance Office at least once per week for scholarship details and applications, as well as information regarding community service, volunteer and leadership opportunities that are critical to your student resume.
If a senior plans to play Division I or Division II sports in college, you must register with the NCAA clearinghouse. Hard copy registration forms are available in the Guidance Office or you may register on-line at www.ncaaclearinghouse.org. If you register on-line, you must download two transcript release forms and turn them in to the Guidance Office. One form is a release for your current transcripts and the other is a release for your final transcripts.