Resources for Seniors

Senior Year TIMEline

Class of 2017: It is time to implement the lessons that you have learned to successfully meet all the expectations of your senior year. Though this is an exciting time in your lives, it is important for you to remember that the key element for YOUR success is Tracking, Implementing, and Managing an Effective plan.

  • Finalize researching the colleges/universities to which you will apply and the type of financial aid forms needed for those institutions
  • Attend Upward Bound Senior Day/College Fair on September 21; register on-line for the SATs
  • Begin filling out college applications and finalize college essays
  • Identify two teachers who will write letters of recommendation
  • Research state and local scholarships
  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss NECAP proficiency status and recommendations
  • Attend local and regional college fairs
  • Determine your high school's guidance department college application/transcript request procedure
  • If not a U.S. citizen, you will be required to upload a scanned copy of the front and back of your immigration card/I-94 for each college on your list
  • Register for the Upward Bound SAT Prep Workshop (Optional)
  • Schedule a meeting with your Upward Bound counselor to apply for a FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) must also apply for a FSA ID (meeting with the Upward Bound counselor is optional)
  • If applicable, students should register for the CSS PROFILE. If applying for early action, complete supplemental applications (CSS PROFILE and/or institutional financial aid form) using 2014 income tax figures beginning October 1st
  • Secure two letters of recommendation from teachers
  • Continue applying for potential scholarships in time to meet deadlines and provide your Upward Bound counselor with a copy
  • Students and parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to attend the financial aid night sponsored by the Program (Optional)
  • If applicable, submit the CSS PROFILE with estimated income information using 2015 federal tax forms
  • If you have been identified by your Upward Bound counselor, attend the TOEFL workshop and exam
  • If applicable, finalize and mail your early action application(s)
  • Continue applying for state and local scholarships
  • Students and parent(s)/guardian(s) should familiarize themselves with the FAFSA website, contents, and features. Visit the website at: (also available in Español)
  • Early action/decision applicants begin receiving responses this month. Some early action programs however, may admit a student but not send a financial aid award notice until later in the spring.
  • If not applying early action/decision, continue working on your applications
  • Make sure to meet deadlines for special admissions program like RIC/PEP and URI/ TD
  • If you opt to complete financial aid applications with your Upward Bound counselor, call your counselor to schedule an individual appointment the first week in January. Parent(s)/guardian(s) do not need to attend but all financial documentation needs to be on file, including balance of checking/savings accounts and investments, FAFSA PIN, legal marital status and date (month/year), and date of birth (for both parents if applicable)
  • Male Students – if you are 18 years of age or will be 18 by the time you file for the FAFSA, you will be required to register with the Selective Service if you are a US citizen and/or permanent resident, regardless of your religious background
  • CSS PROFILE must be submitted to meet February priority deadlines
  • Sign and submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st. Applying early improves the chances of receiving federal aid including State aid
  • Finalize institutional financial aid forms
  • Remember: The income information submitted in your FAFSA and/or CSS PROFILE is based on 2014 tax returns. Therefore, a follow-up appointment must be scheduled once you and your parent(s)/guardian(s) file 2016 federal tax forms (if applicable)
  • The Student Aid Report (SAR) will be available electronically within two weeks of submitting the FAFSA application. The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) figure is printed on the front page
  • Make corrections to your SAR with your Upward Bound counselor (schedule an appointment)
  • Attend Upward Bound Scholarship Committee information session
  • FAFSA deadline is March 1st. Financial aid is based on a first come, first served basis!
  • You may be selected for a process called "VERIFICATION." This requires students and parent(s)/guardian(s) to submit a Dependent Income Verification Form along with a copy of your individual tax return transcript that you must request from the IRS. Copies of current year's federal tax forms are not acceptable. All forms must be submitted to the financial aid offices by the specified date. If not submitted, YOU will NOT receive any aid. Make sure to keep copies of all documents submitted to financial aid offices
  • Upward Bound Scholarship application and materials are due
  • Some admission decisions and financial aid award letters arrive this month. Please review them with your Upward Bound counselor and be mindful of response deadlines imposed by each institution
  • You and your parent(s)/guardian(s) should schedule an appointment with your Upward Bound counselor to review financial aid awards. Discuss your options with your parents and once a decision has been reached, be sure to respond to your college/university of choice by May 1st, the universal deadline
  • Use the tool "Compare Your Financial Aid Awards" available on the College Board website to evaluate your options and make an informed decision
  • If your financial needs have not been met, contact the financial aid office to appeal and/or identify other sources of aid
  • Inform your selected college/university of your decision to attend by May 1st and submit your enrollment & (if living on-campus) housing deposits
  • Student loans are most likely to be a part of your financial aid package. The college/university will send you instructions about the loan application process. You will need to complete and sign a form called the Master Promissory Note (MPN) in order for the Subsidized / Unsubsidized funds to be disbursed. If parents/guardian(s) apply for a Parent Plus Loan, they must also sign a Master Promissory Note.
  • Finalize housing plans
  • Student Orientation programs will commence in the summer prior to your fall semester. Be sure to sign up for an orientation session.
  • Some of you will receive your fall semester term bill over the summer. Make sure to submit all payments by the established deadline; otherwise, your classes for the fall semester will be dropped.

Page last updated: Wednesday, October 26, 2016