Counselors Network

Checklist


  • Complete midyear reports as needed.
  • Send a letter to alert the parents of seniors who failed a course that is required for graduation the first semester.
  • Advertise college entrance exam test dates and registration deadlines.
  • Advertise the availability and location of the FAFSA on the Web (www.fafsa.ed.gov).
  • Make and post flyers encouraging students to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. List the phone numbers for the Toll-free Texas Financial Aid Information Center — (888) 311-8881 — and the federal financial aid helpline — 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
  • Remind senior males they are required to register with the Selective Service 30 days before or after their 18th birthday. They must be registered with the Selective Service to be eligible to receive government financial assistance.
  • Post and advertise scholarships.
  • Conduct explanation sessions for juniors and their parents about PSAT results and for sophomores and their parents about PLAN and PSAT results. These meetings are a great opportunity to introduce junior students and their parents to the college search process. Explain how they can use their PSAT test results as the basis for a study guide for the SAT. Also, explain how to set up campus visits during the spring and summer. If you will be beginning the registration process for next year's classes, use this time to explain any new information for the next school year.
  • Distribute the College Admissions Testing Schedule (www.aie.org/planning-for-college/going-to-college/college-admissions-testing-schedule.cfm) with SAT and ACT test dates and deadlines to juniors and seniors.