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A Helpful College Timeline
Set up a high school plan. Many colleges recommend the following
academic classes as a minimum: 4 years of English, 3 years of math (through
Algebra II); 3 years of science (including at least one lab science); 3
years of socials studies; 2 years of foreign language or fine arts. Remember
to plan for courses and experiences related to the expanded core curriculum
for the visually impaired. In addition to strong academic skills, college
students must have strong independent living skills.
Work hard!! Admission to college is usually based on the following: high
school grade point average, class rank, difficulty of course work taken, ACT
and/or SAT test scores, teacher recommendations and extracurricular
Take the PLAN test in the fall.
Continue to work hard–don’t wait until it’s time to apply for college to
realize it’s time to start studying!
Start exploring career options. Ask the guidance educator and your IEP
team for assistance.
Look for work or volunteer opportunities related to a field that
Consider taking an ACT preparation class.
Take the ACT (in Illinois it is part of the PSAE administered to all
Attend financial aid meetings available to you and your parents through
ISVI or your home school
Ask the guidance educator for information about colleges that interest
Talk to students attending colleges that interest you.
Visit college campuses. Make appointments with college admissions
offices. Try to arrange visits so that you do not have to miss any school.
If you must miss school, be sure to make appropriate arrangements in
Do a free scholarship search in the spring.
Make contact with your DHS counselor to discuss post-secondary plans.
12th Grade / Exit Year:
Do a free scholarship search, if you have not yet done so.
- Maintain contact with your DHS counselor about your college plans.
Check with the guidance educator, on the school web site, with
employers, and with local agencies for scholarship opportunities.
Consider retaking the ACT.
Consider taking a college course.
Visit college campuses. If you must miss school for a college visit,
remember to make appropriate arrangements in advance.
Narrow your list of colleges to one or a few and apply for admission. If
you are accepted to more than one, you can always decline a college letter
of acceptance. It is best to apply for admission before December 1 of your
last year in high school, if possible.
Attend financial aid meetings available to you and your parents.
Work with your parents to complete and submit the FAFSA (Free
Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after January 1.
Respond to the financial aid award letter(s) that you receive from
colleges to which you have applied.
Once you have made a final decision about the college you will attend,
do the following:
Make the guidance educator aware of your decision.
Send in necessary forms and deposits to your college.
Inform any colleges to which you have been accepted, but that you will
not be attending, of your decision.
Arrange to have final transcripts sent to the college of your choice.
Links to information for college-bound students:
MatchCollege.com is a completely free website that provides in-depth
statistical information regarding colleges, universities and trade schools.
MatchCollege.com allows college bound students to have a quick overview of every
campus in the U.S.A., covering over 6,000+ public and private colleges and
universities covering topics on:
2) Financial Aid
The College Board
Mapping Your Future
Accredited Online Colleges
Go College http://www.gocollege.com/
The Princeton Review