Senior year checklist


  • Set up an appointment with your ETS high school counselor to:
    • discuss important admissions processes and financial aid deadlines
    • receive a fee waiver for SAT or ACT testing
    • receive fee waiver(s) for college applications
    • receive Skillstutor access and information on FREE face-to-face tutoring for ETS participants 
    • find out about upcoming ETS activities/workshops
  • Update your eprofile, if necessary.
  • Complete college and scholarship applications before winter break.
  • Meet with college representatives who visit your school in the fall and attend local college fairs.Annual Student Survey - begin here
  • Ask your ETS counselor, teachers, coaches and other adults to write recommendation letters for you.
  • Narrow your list of college possibilities. Collect applications you need and complete at least three. 
  • Make sure to include a “dream” college and a “safety” college.
  • Complete college applications and confirm schools applied to with your ETS counselor.
  • Apply for scholarships. Register for free online scholarship search engines such as
  • Apply for a PIN at so that you can complete your FAFSA application (between January 1st and March 1st of your senior year) and access your information online.  One of your parents/guardians must also sign up to get a pin.
  • Bookmark the Educational Talent Search home page to your internet favorites and create a shortcut on your desktop.  Visit this page often to find out about latest goings-ons, activities, and events.
  • Make sure you have an active email account and on file in the ETS office.  Visit yahoo, google mail, or hotmail to set up an account. 
  • Become an ETS facebook fan and follow us via Twitter


  • Contact ETS for help in submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Completion deadline is March 10th!
  • Enjoy your last semester of high school but stay on track with homework and grades.FAFSA on the Web Federal Student Aid application
  • Finish 21st Century Scholars paperwork, if applicable. Complete the mandatory affirmation form by March 10.


  • Read any regular mail or e-mail messages concerning your FAFSA. You may be asked to make a correction to your FAFSA or to Photo of students in gold cap and gown taking a photo of themselvessubmit additional information.
  • Celebrate your college acceptance letter and make plans for the next steps. Make sure you keep your grades and attendance up.
  • Review financial aid offers. Contact ETS for help in understanding.
  • Decide on your final college choice by May 1. (Some schools have earlier deadlines.) Notify the other colleges that you won’t be coming. Send in your housing application and any required deposits, paying careful attention to deadlines.
  • Confirm your college choice by supplying ETS with a confirmation letter from the college.


  • Work and save money for college.
  • Contact your new roommate to plan what each of you might bring to your new college home.
  • Start planning and shopping if you’re moving into a dorm. Double-check with your college for what you’re allowed to bring.
  • Attend New Student Orientation (if you haven’t done so yet)

Resources: Trip to College for High School Seniors