You made it to your senior year! This year is filled with admission applications, scholarship essays, financial aid information and many deadlines. Throughout your senior year, continue to build your resume by achieving academic success, as well as participating in extracurricular activities. Colleges want to see well-rounded students.


  • Register for Oct/Nov/Dec SAT Reasoning (with writing for UCs)/Subject Tests, and/or ACT with writing (if you have not taken them yet, are not satisfied with scores, or if you have learned more content or test-taking strategies since you first took them). Not required for community college. If you qualify for Free or Reduced lunch, you qualify for a Fee Waiver, see Mrs. Williams for more info.

  • Check your transcript for graduation status and your senior schedule for required coursework. 12th grade should be as rigorous as any other year, and you should strive to earn good grades in every course.

  • Access your California Colleges account to research colleges.

  • Attend 12th Grade Counseling Presentation through English class.

  • Create a calendar and highlight all important dates that apply to you, including: deadlines to send test scores, transcripts, and any other materials to colleges.

  • If you intend to apply to any college Under the EARLY DECISION OR EARLY ACTION plan, talk to your counselor.

  • Attend college representative visits. Information is available under College & Career Center on the RBV Counseling website.

  • Research scholarship opportunities and, if you meet the application criteria, APPLY! See Mrs. Williams in the College & Career Center for more info.


  • Attend RBV's Senior College & Financial Aid Night on Oct 2.

  • Attend RBV College Workout Sessions after school on Tues.

  • UC applications opened August 1st. Filing Period Nov 1-Nov 30.

  • Begin applications for out-of-state and private 4 yr. colleges. Complete all Early Decision and Early Action by November 1.

  • Complete all requests for letters of recommendation and school forms for regular decision applications. See "Letters of Recommendation' on RBV's Counseling web page for info.

  • Take ACT and/or SAT and send scores to all colleges to which you will apply.

  • Attend college rep visits in the College & Career Center.

  • Begin FAFSA application online on October 1. Complete and submit ASAP. This is FREE money for college.

  • Attend Cash for College Workshop at Vista High on Saturday Oct 13 from 9-Noon for FAFSA help.

  • Begin CSU application online. Complete and submit by the end of November. CSU Filing Period Oct 1-Nov 30.

  • Begin UC application.

  • Register for CSS Profile (financial aid form for private schools) for schools that require it.

  • Continue to search and apply for scholarships.


  • Take ACT and/or SAT and send scores to all colleges to which you will apply.

  • Finish all rough draft personal essays and have them proofread.

  • Send in UC and CSU applications as early in the month as possible and prior to the Nov. 30 deadline.

  • Keep your grades up. Colleges look at senior year grades.

  • Continue to complete applications, observing all deadlines and instructions.

  • Attend RBV College Workout Sessions after school on Tuesdays.

  • Attend college rep visits in the College & Career Center.

  • If you completed the FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). Review, make any necessary corrections and return it to the FAFSA processor.

  • Continue to search and apply for scholarships.


  • Take ACT or SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests if needed. (LAST TEST ADMINISTRATION ACCEPTED BY MOST COLLEGES.)

  • If you haven't already done so, send official SAT and ACT test scores to all colleges to which you are applying.

  • Schedule college visits/interviews.

  • Complete and submit any college applications with December deadlines.

  • Investigate the Financial Aid process and prepare whatever documents you may need. Fill out the CSS Profile if you applied to any of the participating colleges.

  • Write thank you notes to teachers and counselor for letters of recommendations.

  • Study for your finals and do well! Senior year grades DO MATTER!

  • Check application deadlines for private colleges.

  • Continue to search and apply for scholarships.


  • Submit any college applications and supporting documents for January deadlines.

  • If required, fill out Mid-Year Report reports and request transcripts.

  • Notify all colleges in writing if you change your schedule during second semester.

  • Notify all colleges if you received a "D' or "F' grade first semester.

  • Check with colleges by calling, emailing, or through your application portal account online, to confirm that your application has been completed and all required documents were received.

  • Respond to all requests for additional information from your colleges.

  • Continue to search and apply for scholarships.


  • Complete all financial aid forms (FAFSA) if not completed yet.

  • Attend Cash for College Workshop at RBV on Saturday, Feb 2 from 9am-noon for free FAFSA help if needed.

  • Sign up for Palomar and MiraCosta field trips.

  • Continue to search and apply for scholarships.


  • FAFSA Deadline : MARCH 2

  • Carefully review the Student Aid Report (SAR) and make revisions as necessary.

  • Check your email regularly for college notifications and admission decisions.

  • Visit schools that you are admitted to and are considering attending.

  • Stay in touch with the financial aid offices at colleges to better understand your financial aid packages.

  • Submit RBV Local Scholarship/Award Application - Deadline: April 1.


  • Receive admission decisions from colleges.

  • If you are waitlisted, write to the school and follow their instructions.

  • Compare your acceptance letters and your financial aid and scholarship offers.

  • Decide where you want to go, by (re).visiting if necessary, reviewing cost, and going to information meetings.

  • Make your acceptance choice.

  • Find out what deposits you will be required to make to ensure your place. When you decide which school to attend, you need to notify that school by letter of your commitment and submitting any required deposit check. Many schools require this notification letter to be postmarked by May 1.

  • Attend community college field trips to Palomar & Mira Costa, see Mrs. Williams for more info.

  • Continue to search and apply for scholarships.


  • May 1 is the National Candidate Reply Date. Notify your ONE school of choice by May 1 and pay the commitment deposit fee.

  • Attend Senior Signing Day in Career Center.

  • Submit housing forms as early as possible to ensure your choice of residence hall and pay the deposit.

  • Take AP exams, if applicable.

  • Keep your grades up! Colleges can and have rescinded offers of admission when there is a significant drop in grades and attendance.

  • Start looking for a summer job - you may need the money!

  • Complete the Senior Survey. This is required for graduation.

  • If you were placed on a waiting list for a particular school, and you decided to wait for an opening, contact that school and let them know you are still interested.


  • Continue to work toward earning good grades ("senioritis' even now could negatively affect your admission status).

  • Contact your college to determine when fees for tuition, room and board are due and how much they are.

  • Request a final transcript to be sent to the school you will be attending. Go the the RBV Counseling Website, and click on the"Transcripts' link. Follow directions for Current Students and order your transcripts through Parchment.

  • Student athletes who plan to compete at a Division I or II college must request a final transcript to be sent to the college as well as the NCAA Eligibility Center.

  • Attend all advising days, open houses, orientation programs, and registration offered by your college.

  • Send thank you notes for any scholarships you have received.



Any senior who is planning to pursue either a public or private post-secondary institution after graduation (including a 4-year college, a community college, or a technical/trade school) should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Although 2013 tax and wage information is required, the FAFSA can be submitted with estimates and be adjusted later if necessary (so do not wait until after taxes are filed to submit).

Beware of "fake' FAFSA sites on the internet and of many individuals and companies that offer to "help' prepare the FAFSA (often for a fee). You should only use the genuine FAFSA website, and you should keep in mind that the application is free and that there is also free assistance available through the FAFSA site by phone and live chat.

Use this tutorial to take you through the entire FAFSA application.

For an overview of financial aid resources including not only the FAFSA but also additional sources of funding, use Student Aid and California Student Aid Commission.