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What Should a Senior Be Doing This Year?

Meet with Your Counselor Again.

Make sure you meet all the requirements for graduation by year’s end. Ask your counselor to help you stay on track with admission requirements and scholarships and sending transcripts and test score reports.

Create a Planning Calendar.

Senior year is a busy time. Stay organized by using a planning calendar for important dates like each college’s application deadline, test dates, financial aid deadlines, and so on.

Continue Visiting Schools.

If you have not yet visited your top colleges, make arrangements. If possible, schedule visits when classes are in session. If you can’t visit a school, look online for information and virtual tours.

Make a Final List of Your Top 3-5 Top Colleges.

You’ve talked with your parents and met with your counselor. You’ve researched colleges online and made visits. Now it’s time to settle on 3-5 colleges. Download their college applications and financial aid forms.

Look into Financial Aid.

  • Talk with your parents about what they can and can’t afford. Learn about financial-aid opportunities for which you qualify.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To apply for federal financial aid, you’ll need to complete the FAFSA. October 1st is the first day you can file the FAFSA.
  • Three to five days after you filed online, you will receive your Student Aid Report or SAR. The SAR will tell you how much your family is expected to pay for your education.
  • Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. It is an online application used by certain colleges and scholarship programs to determine eligibility for their aid dollars.
  • Follow Up On Scholarship Opportunities. Send in scholarship submissions you’re working on. Also, check out state, local, and financial aid from the colleges.
  • Compare the Different Financial-Aid Packages. Financial aid plays a large part in your final decision. Review each school’s package thoroughly with your parents.
  • Complete Your College Essays. The college essay is an important part of the application. Make sure a teacher/parent proofreads your essay for mistakes and provides feedback.
  • Take the ACT/SAT. If you still need a higher score, register and retake the ACT and/or SAT. Request that your test results get sent to the schools you applied to. Ask a counselor to help you fill out a fee waiver if you can’t afford a college application or the ACT/SAT fees.
  • Finish and Submit All of Your College Applications. Mail in or submit your application online. Follow up with your high school’s guidance department to make sure they have sent everything that’s required, such as transcripts and test scores.
  • Contact Colleges to Make Sure They Received Your Application. Make sure that each college received the necessary materials: tests scores, transcripts, application form and recommendations. You may either call or email the admissions office.
  • Submit Mid-year Grade Reports. Send your senior year first semester grades as part of the application process. Have the guidance department send these out.
  • Check for Admission Decisions in the Mail. Admission letters should start arriving in March, followed by financial-aid award letters. Check your mailbox daily, this is what you’ve been waiting for!
  • Make Your Final Decision. Make your admission decision carefully. Thoroughly read each decision. Compare the different financial aid packages. Then choose the college that’s right for you. Mail in the enrollment form, deposit check and signed financial-aid package.
  • Finish Enrollment Paperwork. Upon acceptance, you’ll receive a package with information on classes, orientation, housing and more. Complete the forms in the package and submit them by the deadline.
  • Send Your Final High School Transcript. Colleges require a final high school transcript. Contact your high school guidance office to make sure this gets sent.
  • Inform the Colleges You Won’t Be Attending. Once you made a decision, inform the other schools that accepted you that you won’t be attending. This frees up a spot for another student.
  • Get Ready for Your First Year at College. Sign up for orientation and living arrangements. Schedule your first-semester courses.

Don’t Be Overwhelmed!

Let me help you find the answers. Get Knowledge for College can simplify the process for the entire family. Choosing to work with Mr. Mastroianni will :

  • Encourage your child to believe in themselves and meet their educational goals.
  • Help relieve the stress between you and your child in this time-consuming college search process,
  • Save you money by helping select the best-fit college and increase the likelihood of a positive college experience.

Imagine This…

  • Your child knows which careers and majors will fit his/her personality and interests.
  • You know how to navigate the financial aid process and understand merit and need-based aid.
  • Your child knows which college they will thrive at.
  • Your child completes college applications, essays, and financial aid forms well before they’re due.

Sound impossible?

It’s Not!

It’s what we do at Get Knowledge for College.

College Planning Service Options

The primary mission of Get Knowledge for College is to help your family through the confusing college search and application process. No one can guarantee your child will be accepted at your first-choice college. It’s up to the student to maintain a high GPA, take a rigorous curriculum, and be active in leadership, volunteerism, and extracurricular activities. We are here to help your child make the best decisions for their future. Personal coaching will occur via one-on-one video conferencing (Skype, Webinar jam, or phone).  Sessions typically last 60 minutes. Prior to our conference, I will ask you to complete a Student Information Form so that valuable time isn’t wasted gathering information.



Getting Started
College Bound Strategy Session (no cost)

Give me fifteen minutes so we can determine if working together would be a good fit. It’s an ideal opportunity to ask questions, clarify your goals, and discuss service options. Consultations will occur via phone, Skype or Webinar jam. Click on the button below and let’s get this show on the road!


Services NOT Provided

Get Knowledge for College believes the qualities that make a student a competitive candidate for the college of his or her choice are:  the rigor of the academic curriculum, test scores, weighted GPA, essays, leadership positions, community contributions, and extra-curricular activities.

In accordance with the rules of the Principles of Good Practice which all IECA members adhere to, we cannot and will not:

  • Guarantee admission to any institution
    Promise any form of financial aid or scholarships
  • Write or substantially revise application essays.
  • Knowingly misrepresent a student’s credentials.
  • Accept compensation based on offers of admission.

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