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12th Grade

This is it! There are a lot of steps you will need to take this year and a lot of details to keep track of. If you have questions, talk to your school counselor or college access provider right away. You don’t want to miss any important deadlines or overlook an important detail. Here are some steps to help you stay on track:

All Year

  • Do your best every day in your classes and try to get good grades.
  • Volunteer in your community, play sports, or join clubs. Getting involved will help you explore your interests and get you started on meeting the community service graduation requirement. Plus, many scholarships require students to demonstrate a history of community service. (DCPS students)
  • Save an example of good work that you did in class this year. (DCPS students)
  • Try to save some money for college. If you can, attend programs about how to pay for college (your school counselor or college access provider can hook you up).
  • Keep a list of your extracurricular activities as well as any awards or recognition you receive — you will need this information for college applications and for many financial aid opportunities.


  • Attend the Greater Washington National College Fair on Oct. 12, 2010, to find out more about college options.
  • Narrow down your college choices and start filling out applications. (Applications are due in early fall for early admission or early action.) Be sure to check with each college about application deadlines and any other information they need, such as transcripts, to complete your application package. And keep a copy of all materials you send in to colleges. (DCPS students
  • Decide whether you want to retake the SAT or ACT and register right away. Make sure your test scores are sent to the colleges you plan to apply to. (DCPS students | other students)
  • Ask teachers, coaches, and other adults to write recommendation letters for you. You can use them for college and scholarship applications. Try to give at least two weeks notice of when you need the letter.
  • Gather the paperwork you and your family will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and DC OneApp and fill out the FAFSA and DC OneApp worksheets.
  • Apply for scholarships.
  • Think about what subjects you like and what you might want to major in during college. (DCPS students | other students)
  • Think about what you like to do and find out what areas of work — as well as specific careers within those areas — suit your interests. (DCPS students | other students)
  • Identify what basic skills you have and find out more about careers that match those skills. (DCPS students | other students)
  • Practice interviewing for jobs and writing cover notes and thank you letters to your interviewers — these skills also will help with college interviews. (DCPS students | other students


  • As soon as possible after January 1, fill out the FAFSA. As soon as you receive your Student Aid Report, submit the DC OneApp so you have a better chance of getting financial aid. Remember, funds are limited, so the sooner you get in your financial aid applications, the better. (DCPS students)
  • Ask colleges if they have any additional financial aid paperwork you need to fill out or if they have any special financial aid deadlines.
  • Review your resume and update it as needed for summer jobs. (DCPS students | other students)


  • Respond to any additional inquiries from the U.S. Department of Education, the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, or your colleges.
  • Review financial aid offers. If you don’t understand the information, your college access provider or the college’s financial aid office can help.
  • Apply for scholarships to meet any additional financial aid needs.
  • Decide on your college! Then notify other colleges of your decision and send in your housing application and any required deposits. (DCPS students)
  • Consider applying for a part-time job. You can gain valuable work experience and save money for college.
  • Find out more about additional careers that might suit you. (DCPS students | other students)

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Odi graduated from Hospitality High School and Bucknell University ... view video (2:15)


Once you send in your college applications, you can coast for the rest of senior year.