Stay on Track

Checklist for this Week, January 27, 2014

For freshmen and sophomores

More volunteering

  • Help others by volunteering at assisted living facilities, food drives/soup kitchens, and charity events.
  • Volunteer to help tutor at an elementary school in your area.
  • Help a favorite teacher at your school put up bulletin boards, collate papers, etc.
  • Go to a child care center after school to read or play with children.

For juniors

This is a good week to stop by your counselor's office and discuss the following:

  • Senior course selections:
    Have you completed the paperwork necessary to register for your senior year courses? Are your course choices appropriate for your prospective colleges' admission requirements? Your counselor can help you locate this information.
  • Graduation credits and transcript:
    Are you on track to complete all required courses for graduation? Review your transcript to verify that it correctly reflects all your coursework. Have you taken any courses by correspondence or for credit by exam? If so, are they recorded on your transcript?

For seniors

This is a good week to do the following:

  • Review your transcript to make sure that you have received credit for all of your coursework. Have you taken any courses by corresondence or for credit by exam? If so, make sure they are reflected on your transcript.
  • Make a list of your extracurricular activities for use in filling out college applications.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. (

For parents

Financial aid options

As college gets closer, so does the reality of paying for it. There are many financing options available. Remember that completing the FAFSA (available online at is always the first step in securing financial assistance.

Types of Assistance

  • Grants:
    Funds awarded on the basis of financial need that do not have to be repaid.
  • Scholarships:
    Funds awarded that do not have to be repaid. These may be awarded based on many different factors (financial need, academic merit, athletic or musical talents, etc.).
  • Work-study programs:
    The Federal Work-Study Program provides both on and off campus jobs for students. The pay will be at least the federal minimum wage. Most students work 10-20 hours per week.
  • Loans:
    A variety of federal low-interest loans are available through a college's financial aid office. In most cases, payment can be deferred until after graduation.