12th Grade Planning


  • Create an email account that you will use for everything college: college applications, college correspondence, financial aid, scholarships, etc.
  • Visit different college campuses to get a feel for what you like and don’t like. Big class sizes? Small class sizes? Rural? Urban?
  • Continue those conversations about how you are going to pay for college and consider doing a FAFSA4caster to estimate financial aid. www.fafsa.gov
  • Start working on your college essay so you won’t have to cram in the fall!
  •  See your counselor to pick up the newest edition of The College Insider by NHHEAF.
  •  Sign up to take your 2nd SAT or ACT by going to www.collegeboard.org
  •  Attend a college fair and continue to visit college campuses.
  • Narrow down your list of colleges. Generally this will be between 6 and 10 schools. Try using the 2-2-2 approach outlined in The College Insider.
  •  Get organized! Who are you going to get letters of recommendations from? Ask 2 teachers and complete the FHS Student Self-Evaluation form from guidance. Be as detailed as possible b/c this is what your school counselor will use for your recommendation.
  •  Be working on your college applications! For many colleges you can begin this by going to www.commonapp.org and creating an account so that you can start your application, however colleges use many different applications so be sure to check with each one to determine what they use.
  • Attend the College Overview for Seniors and Their Parents and the Financial Aid Night in October
  • You can now complete your FAFSA as early as October 1st so ask your counselor about information on getting 1:1 assistance with this through NHHEAF.
  •  Submit completed college applications
  •  Apply for scholarships. Meet with your counselor or go to the FHS guidance web page to find out about national, regional, and local scholarships. Find out about deadlines so you don’t miss out on FREE money!
  • Complete the FAFSA. Ask your counselor about setting up an appointment with the Center for College Planning for 1:1 assistance with this.
  • Don’t slack off now! Even though you’ve sent in your application and transcript, colleges still want your semester two grades. A drop in your grades due to a bad case of senioritis could negatively impact your chances of getting accepted.
  • Attend Paying for College 101 in April at FHS. This presentation will help you interpret your Financial Aid
  • Award Letters that you receive from the schools that accepted you.
  • Go to www.nhheaf.org and use their “student loan calculator” to help you estimate your future loan payments.
  • If you can, make one last visit to your school of choice before you send your deposit. Many colleges offer “admitted student days” where students can meet the faculty and tour the campus one last time. 
  • May 1st- National Candidate Reply Day- this is the deadline that 4-year colleges expect a deposit by in order to hold your spot.

Contact your counselors with any questions or concerns!

Linda Sheff

755-2811, ext 105

Kathryn Sauer

755-2811, ext 114