Mrs. Eckhardt is the counselor who helps students with college applications.
Many seniors don't where to start when applying to college...
Use these tips to stay on track.

September-October

  • Register for the October ACT The West High School code is 161-113.
  • Decide where to apply. You are encouraged to apply to more than one school.
  • Check out college websites.
  • Provide Mrs. Eckhardt with Recommendation/GPA/Rank in Class forms well in advance of when they are due.
  • Ask teachers and your counselor to write recommendations well in advance of when they are due. Three weeks in advance is suggested. Your references may request you fill out a form about your accomplishments; if not, provide each person with a concise resume, any special instructions and a stamped, addressed business envelope. Write a thank you note to each person to show your appreciation.
  • Plan college visits (check each college's website for special events). Set up interviews and auditions if your colleges require them for admission or scholarship consideration.
  • Attend the Iowa Q-C College Fair Oct 8, 5:00-7pm, St. Ambrose College, Rogalski Center
  • Submit applications in time to reach colleges by their deadline.
  • Request a transcript be sent to each school to whom you have sent an application. See Mrs. Adams in the main office. She will ask you to fill out a "Transcript Request Form" and see that your transcript is sent.
  • Register for the December ACT if you have not completed the required tests or if you are not happy with your previous test scores and think you can do better. Have official test scores sent by the testing agency to colleges on your list. The West High School code is 161-113.
  • Keep up your first term grades.

November
  • Continue completing applications to colleges.
  • Before submitting an application, make a copy.
  • Obtain a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) pin number for both you and your parent. FAFSA application is available online January 1. Your parent's income tax forms must be completed early this year!
  • Check to see if your college requires you to complete additional financial aid forms.
  • Keep all records, test score reports, copies of applications for admission and financial aid. Do not throw anything away until at least the end of your first year in college. Having detailed records will save you time and effort should anything be lost or should you decide to apply in the future to other colleges and scholarship programs.

December

  • Have official test scores sent to colleges on your list if you have not done so.
  • Make sure you have all your bases covered. Keep copies of EVERYTHING.

January

  • Keep working in your classes! Grades and courses continue to count throughout your senior year.
  • Request that an updated, first semester transcript be sent to those colleges to which you have applied.
  • Parents and students, complete your income tax forms as soon as possible. You will need this information to fill out the FAFSA.
  • **Complete your FAFSA** as quickly as possible after January 1. When you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR), review the SAR carefully and check for any inaccuracies. If necessary, correct any items on the SAR and resubmit the information. Check to make sure your colleges or state does not require any other financial aid forms.

February

  • Remember to monitor your applications and follow up on all forms requested by your colleges. Don't procrastinate; you can ruin your chances for admission by missing a deadline.
  • Complete scholarship applications.
  • Enjoy your final year in high school, but don't catch senioritis!

March

  • Don't stop now! Keep studying--the end is in sight! Grades still count. Don't jeopardize your college acceptance.

April

  • Colleges without application deadlines use a rolling admissions process--admitting students on a continuous basis. These schools may reach their maximum class size quickly. Generally, the earlier you apply, the better chance you have to be admitted. Don't wait too long!
  • Review your college acceptances and financial aid awards. Once you decide on what college you will attend, send your tuition deposit and follow all other instructions for admitted students. You must decide which offer of admission to accept by May 1 (postmark date).

May

  • By May 1, decide on the one college that you will attend. By May 1, send in your tuition deposit to the college you will attend. Notify the other colleges that accepted you that you have selected another college.
  • Take Advanced Placement examinations, if appropriate and request that your AP scores be sent to the college you will attend.
  • Fill out a "Final Transcript Request Form" (available in the Guidance Office) to have your final transcript sent to the college you will attend. Notify the college of any private scholarships or grants you will be receiving.
  • Know when the payment for tuition, room and board, meal plans, etc., is due. If necessary, ask the financial aid office about a possible payment plan that will allow for you to pay in installments.
  • Respond promptly to all requests from your college. Expect information in the mail about housing, roommate(s), orientation, course selection, etc.
Congratulations graduate! Good luck in college! We're proud of you!