Senior Year Checklist

       August 28 - 1st day of classes through Mt. Marty college.

1. Check on credits and required classes for this year with Mr. Bailey  . Obtain a copy of your transcript from Ms. Knudson to use for applications for this semester.

2. Should I retest with the ACT? Register for the October A.C.T. test (if you haven't already tested or want to retest) - Sept. 22nd  registration deadline. Check out the A.C.T. website for tips& test information. 
To register on-line: 
Our high school code: 420-686   Also free ACT Review available w. the Learning Express Library at http.//www.sdstatelibrary com  and with (State career website)

  Do my ACT Scores meet the College Benchmarks?  Will I need to take Remedial Classes in College? Even if you plan to attend a technical school, an ACT score could benefit you for scholarships as well as testing out of some classes (ex. English & Math @ STI)

3. Review local scholarships listed on this website.Most are open to students from both communities - check the criteria just to be sure.  Check out free scholarship search services through; and, SDMyLIfe,  FastWeb.  

4.  Check out for college planning and financial aid information.

5. Use the College Applications Excel Worksheet to compare the post-secondary schools you are considering.

6. Check out The Scholarship Coach from US News & World Reports - tons of ideas & information on scholarships, who to ask for letters of recommendation, and lots more!

7. Check out the DACAC website for links to the SD post-secondary school websites.

8. Register for at least 2 career days/camps/fairs with Ms. Knudson.

9.  Register Online for Planning Days @ USD.  Print your UPC code & give to Ms. Knudson prior to the day.

 10.  Thursday, Sept. 21st - Attend "Career Planning Days" at U.S.D.  A good way for you to research post-secondary schools; sign up for and gather applications from schools you are interested in.


1. Schedule visits to college campuses and meet w. college representatives. You need to make arrangements through the admissions office of the school. Check to see if they have any special "Senior Days". Most visit days are on Fridays, which work well with our 4 day week schedule for our school this year.  Additional days will need administration approval. All school work is to be made up in advance; parent permission is required and needs to be given to the school secretary. For a campus visit checklist, visit and click on "Find a College".

3. Click here for a poster explaining the financial aid process

4. Oct. 26th - A.C.T. Test Date.

5.Submit applications for admission to colleges with appropriate fees and transcripts.  There is one common application for applying for SD public universities, which is now available on-line at or  you can apply electronically through their web sites. You might qualify for a fee waiver for your college application from the National Assn. for College Admission Counseling.

6.     Complete the Brag Sheet form .  Make copies for each person that you ask to write a letter of recommendation for you. The Letter of Recommendation template can be used for each person you contact.

7. Are you on track for the SD Opportunity Scholarship?

8. How to Tackle College Application Questions


1. Contact financial aid offices to determine what forms are required for each type of financial aid. Do you have applications for scholarships from that college?

2. Nov. 2nd - Registration deadline for the December A.C.T. Test.

3. Check out the new options for Remedial Classes for the state universities.

4. If you are interested in participating in college athletics, check out their requirements at   or   NAIA

5. If you are interested in colleges in the western or Midwestern part of the United States, they may participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE) which allows residents of participating states to enrolled in designated public colleges and universities at a reduced tuition rate.  Check out their web site at  New pamphlets are available each year in the Guidance Office.

6. What Makes a Successful College Student?

7. Any student interested in participating in athletics at the NAIA level, beginning Fall 2011, has to go through the NAIA eligibility center to determine eligibility.  There is a one-time $60 fee associated with registering.  There is a waiver that a high school official can obtain and fill out for qualifying students.  Information and form are at . The Eligibility Center needs to receive an official copy of the ACT or SAT scores.  (They have to be sent from ACT in Iowa, a copy from the high school is not official).  The NAIA eligibility center has an ACT code of 9876 and all students should code that in when registering for the ACT.  For those who have taken the ACT, they will probably need to contact ACT, pay the extra fee, and have an official copy sent to the eligibility center.  Please look at the Frequently Asked Questions for more guidance.

8. Attend one of the following Career Days:  Oct. 3rd -  Scrubs Camp @ Yankton; Oct. 23rd - Scrubs Camp @ STI; or Oct. 9th -  Advanced Tech - all at S.T.I.; or Ag. & Power Sports - Oct. 23rd Or Construction Camp - Oct. 30th at Mitchell Technical Institute.


1. Worried about your possible financial aid? Check out these sites to try a Financial Aid Estimator: or

Financial Aid Estimator @
 Federal Student Aid FAFSA4caster

2. Check scholarship deadlines for colleges in which you've applied. USD. has one of the earliest deadlines of Jan. 13th, but the application is on-line at
Apply for Scholarships

3. Attend Business Career Day at STI - Dec. 6th, or Cyber Camp or Business Camp @ MTI - Dec. 4th

4. Dec. 8th - A.C.T. Test Date.

5. Check with the guidance office about university telecourses and/or college courses via the internet before second semester.

6. It's not too early to check out The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) - which provides students w. the opportunity to test out of 34 different subjects at the college level.   As of July 1, 2001 all CLEP exams are on computer.  The exam costs $80(w. an additional fee for the college administering it), but saves a student hundreds of dollars if they test out of a college class. Contact USD at 677-6240 or Mt. Marty at 668-1492 to schedule a test. Check out CLEP at

7. Use The Scholarship Coach (US News & World Report) - for topics such as which majors will have the most scholarship dollars; 5 qualities you want in someone who is writing a letter or recommendation for you; and sources of scholarships.


1. Jan. 10th - Registration Deadline for the Feb. A.C.T. test.

2. Remind parents to complete Income Tax Forms as soon as possible.  Parents and students both need to apply for a PIN # if you plan to file for financial aid electronically (recommended). Now you can obtain your PIN while completing the FAFSA application on-line.   Click here for more info.

3. Apply for financial aid by completing the F.A.F.S.A.  Apply electronically at .

Attend Computers Career Day @ STI .

1.  Attend Financial Aid Information Night -(DATE???) at Irene-Wakonda High School. Financial Aid packets will be distributed to students regardless of attendance. It's important to apply for financial aid early to be eligible for all aid including college work study programs.

2. Feb. 9th - A.C.T. test date. (last chance before those last college and/or scholarship applications).

3. Need more help w. your Financial Aid Forms?  Consider attending "S.D. College Goal Sunday" on (DATE?).  More info. @

4. Career Cruising is the state Career Info. site.  All students have a username & password and will build a portfolio throughout jr. high and high school.

5. Attend Law Enforcement Career Camp @ STI () or Construction(), Cyber (), or Energy () Career Camps at MTI.

1. Are you a C.T.E. Scholar?  Students must complete a min. of 2 credits (2 years) in a specific Career and Technical Program (FACS; Accounting & Personal Finance).  A 3rd credit in an supporting areas such as computers, math or science at the junior and senior level.  A min. of an A- in CTE coursework is required, as well as a 3.5 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale to receive this special diploma from the state dept. of Education for being a Career and Technical Education Scholar.  Applications due to the state by April 1st.

2. Attend either Business() or Culinary() Career Day at MTI.

3. Are you a S.D. Regents Scholar? The program recognizes graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence.  See the SD Dept. of Ed. website for more info.

4. March 1st is the preferred FAFSA filing deadline for most post-secondary schools in SD. Questions about Financial Aid Award letters can also be addressed to Ms. Knudson.

5. March 7th - A.C.T. Registration Deadline

 1. All seniors are encouraged to work on the local scholarships available to students in either school only. Most of these applications are available on-line on the school's website. Deadlines are mainly in the months of April and May. To see descriptions, applications and deadlines of the local scholarships, click on the name of your community:  (Irene) (Wakonda)

2, The College Moving Checklist might come in handy this summer.

3. April 12th - A.C.T. test date

4. Unexpected College Costs

1. Help plan for Baccalaureate Services -

2. Meet w. Ms. Knudson on Wed., May 19th in the I-W School Library.  Topics include:  Remedial classes; Compass Testing; Understanding your Financial Aid Award Letter; Local Scholarship requirements (new); Articulation agreements; CLEP; Purchasing textbooks; and lots more!

3.  May 9th - A.C.T. Registration Deadline for June 14th Test Date.

4. Tips for Surving My Freshman Year in College.

5. What do all those College Terms Mean?

Congratulations Graduates!

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