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Juniors & Seniors Get-Ready-for-College Checklist for academy and high school students

Throughout the year:
  • Explore colleges on the Internet.
  • Plan to take the PSAT – and take it seriously. Your score matters for scholarships.
  • Begin researching private scholarships. You'll want to continue researching throughout the year. See PUC scholarship information to get started, and ask your high school for college scholarship information.
November, January, February:
  • Begin looking for a summer job – start saving for college!
  • Begin applying for scholarships during the summer before your senior year.

Throughout the year:
  • Explore and visit college campuses. Visit PUC
  • Take the SAT and ACT when scheduled at your school. Again, your scores affect your scholarship options.
  • Start applying to colleges you're considering. Apply to PUC
  • Start asking teachers, counselors, and employers for letters of recommendation to include with your admissions and scholarship applications.
  • Continue applying for private scholarships.
November, January, or February:
  • Attend PUC/LSU financial aid workshops scheduled in your area.
  • Get information on available scholarships and other financial aid from schools you're considering. Available PUC scholarships
  • Fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and submit it as soon after January 1 as possible. Keep copies of all forms you submit. California Students considering a Cal Grant must submit their FAFSA and their GPA Verification Form before the March 2 deadline.
  • Ask your parents to get their income tax returns prepared early, since they may be needed to verify your eligibility for financial aid. However, if your parents are not done with their taxes by March 2, you can still submit your FAFSA and meet the Cal Grant deadline. Simply fill in estimated numbers and then indicate on the FAFSA that your parents will file their taxes, but have not yet completed the tax forms.
  • Make sure your FAFSA has been submitted.
  • Continue applying for private scholarships.
  • If you have submitted transcripts (through the first semester of your senior year) and three recommendations, watch for your acceptance letter from PUC.
  • After receiving an acceptance letter, pay your room reservation fee (to get priority room placement, ability to register for classes, and your official financial aid award packet).
  • Look for your Student Aid Report (SAR), the result of the FAFSA processing. Make any noted corrections. If it's been four weeks since you submitted your FAFSA and you have not received the SAR, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 4FED-AID.
  • If applying for PIP or Minority Leadership Scholarships at PUC, send your applications now to meet the April 15 deadline. More about PIP and Minority Scholarships.
  • Submit your PUC financial aid application (before April 15) and talk to a financial counselor about what else you need to do for your financial arrangements.
  • Begin looking for a summer job and saving for college. Remember PUC has a 100% matching program called a "summer ministries leadership scholarship" for ministry-related summer jobs.
  • If you've applied to PUC and paid your room reservation fee, watch the mail for your financial aid award packet.
  • Complete and submit any remaining financial aid forms.

Office of the Ombudsman

The Federal Student Aid Ombudsman of the federal Department of Education helps resolve disputes and solve other problems with federal student loans.