Last-minute paperwork for high school seniors
By now, you’ve probably selected where you’re going to school in the fall, so first off, congratulations! With that big decision out of the way, there are a few loose ends you should tie up before completely focusing on earning money and having fun this summer.
Between the end of May and the middle of June, you’ll want to:
- Let your high school know where you are going and what scholarships you’ve received. Aside from needing the information for the graduation ceremony, high schools use this information to help evaluate their own performance and make adjustments, or earn honors and grants based on their success rates.
- Notify the colleges you did not choose. If you are not going to attend a college that has accepted you, it’s important to let them know of your decision so they can start accepting students on their wait list.
- Schedule summer orientation. Orientation may seem like a formality, but typically this is when you’ll begin registering for classes. So scheduling orientation as early as possible can help you get the classes you really want.
- Send your final high school transcript. Even though this isn’t the first time your college will be seeing your high school transcript – and it’s not likely that much has changed – all colleges require a final and complete record of your high school performance. Failure to send it could even impact your ability to attend in the fall.
- Send additional transcripts. If you took Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO), dual enrollment, or other courses at a nearby university or community college, you will need to have that school send a final transcript. Colleges only recognize final transcripts from the institution where the course was completed, so even though your high school transcript mentions these courses, it is not considered an official report of your performance.
Once you think you’re done with everything, it’s a good idea to follow up with your college to make sure they have what they need. It’s easy to think “out of sight, out of mind” when it comes to paperwork. But things happen and letters can get lost, so be sure to check in. The last thing you want to do is find out something is missing a week before classes start.