Financial Aid for College

Glossary of Terms

Four-Year Plan

9th Grade

  • Establish your study habits, maintain good grades
  • Get involved in activities in and out of school that you enjoy
  • Meet with your advisor regularly
  • Familiarize yourself with the Academic Support Office, Math Lab, and Writing Center
  • February: meet with US Academic Dean and your advisor one-on-one to discuss sophomore schedule – make sure that you are appropriately challenged

10th Grade

  • Continue to maintain good grades and stay focused on your academics
  • Stay involved in extracurricular and volunteer activities you are passionate about
  • October: attend lunch with College Counseling office to discuss college process, how to understand your transcript, receive PSAT study guide
  • October: take PSAT
  • December: receive PSAT results; meet with Director of College Counseling to review strengths and weaknesses
  • January: attend AP/Honors class interest meeting to understand expectations and requirements
  • February: meet with US Academic Dean and your advisor one-on-one to discuss junior schedule – make sure that you are appropriately challenged
  • On your days off consider visiting college campuses
  • April: meet with college counseling office to be introduced to and enrolled in Family Connection
  • May: meet with college counseling office to get recommendations on how to spend your summer prepping for junior year: consider classes, employment and using time productively
  • Check the College Counseling bulletin board for summer opportunities on college campuses
  • May: meet with junior Religion Teacher to discuss approval process for completing junior service hours in the summer

11th Grade

  • Academic performance is your top priority: learning and grades!!
  • Stay involved in extracurricular and volunteer activities you are passionate about
  • Consider leadership opportunities: student council, clubs, athletics, arts, service, etc.
  • Check Family Connection frequently to sign up for college representative visits at Holy Child
  • Check Family Connection and the College Counseling bulletin board for information on off campus college fairs
  • September: attend Junior Student/Parent College Night
  • October: begin attending College Counseling classes
  • November: complete Personality Assessment and Resume in Family Connection
  • You will begin to receive information from colleges – create your college binder
  • Begin preparing to take the ACT or SAT in the spring – start test prep/tutoring, register for spring ACT, SAT or SAT Subject Tests (if necessary)
  • Meet with Academic Support Office to begin process of registering for extended time (if applicable)
  • Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if you are considering playing sports in college; request transcripts be sent to NCAA
  • February: meet one-on-one with the Director of College Counseling to discuss Holy Child’s graduation requirements and senior schedule
  • February/March: take SAT/ACT prep class at Holy Child
  • March: attend Jesuit College Fair at Holy Child
  • Spring Break: continue to visit college campuses you are interested in
  • April: continue College Counseling classes – thorough discussion of the college process
  • Continue to update your resume to include honors, leadership activities, service, employment
  • May: College Counseling will visit English classes to discuss the college essay
  • May: take AP exams
  • May: ask teachers (in person) to write letters of recommendation; follow up with a confirmation email before you leave for summer break
  • Summer: continue to visit schools you are interested in; make an appointment with an admissions counselors, set up interviews if appropriate
  • Summer: register for the College Prep Class at Holy Child; start thinking about your college essay
  • The Common Application becomes available August 1st, and most college applications are available in late July/early August – begin creating accounts and completing applications online

12th Grade

  • Grades are still your top priority!
  • Remember that mid-year grades are sent to colleges Stay involved in extracurricular and volunteer activities you are passionate about
  • Continue leadership roles: student council, clubs, athletics, arts, service, etc.
  • Meet with the Director of College Counseling within the first few weeks of school to finalize your list of schools and confirm deadlines/how you plan to apply
  • Provide teachers with your updated resume and transcript in your recommendation folder
  • Use Family Connection and blue sheets to request transcripts for colleges and scholarships
  • Sign up for college representative visits at Holy Child on Family Connection and on the College Counseling bulletin board
  • September: complete all applications for early decision and early action– have parents review application information. Students should submit their applications well in advance of college deadlines
  • Applications for Early Decision/Early Action are usually due by November 1st
  • September: register for ACT/SAT if still needed
  • December: parents attend Financial Aid Night at Holy Child
  • January 1st: FAFSA becomes available online
  • Be aware of scholarship deadlines, if appropriate
  • January: students request mid-year grades to be sent to colleges
  • April: review college acceptances and financial aid awards; visit college campuses before making decisions
  • May: take AP exams
  • May 1st: deadline to notify colleges of acceptance. Do not double deposit! Notify college counseling office of final decision
  • May: attend Transition to College Meeting
  • Spring/Summer: attend accepted student programs