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1 How to Support Your Child s Education: Grade 12 Summer - September: Commit your child s future to prayer- daily as a family as well as personally. Make sure your child registers online for a Fall ACT or SAT if not taken as a junior or if not satisfied with score. Encourage your child to take courses for dual credit in LMCA s Early College Program Ask appropriate community leaders, counselor, and/or teachers to write recommendations for you. Ask early in the year or at least two weeks before application deadlines. See your school counselor for an ask form. Review your child s transcript with the school counselor; make sure he/she is on-target to graduate. Encourage your child to explore options to retrieve credits, if necessary. Monitor your progress toward Millennium Scholarship requirements. https://nevadatreasurer.gov/documents/millennium/doc- FactSheet.pdf Have your child regularly login to Naviance for personal post-high school planning. Help your child update their résumé in Naviance. Encourage your child to stay involved in school activities and student development hours. Encourage your child to utilize the Nevada Career Information System (NCIS) to investigate current career and educational information. Help your child research apprenticeship programs, technical trade schools and military options, if interested. - Make sure your child writes to colleges not contacted for applications. Help your child organize files, photocopy applications and begin to fill out rough drafts. Pay particular attention to deadlines. Many competitive colleges often have November deadlines for regular admissions. Encourage your child to initiate contact with coaches regarding athletic scholarship opportunities. Help prepare a resume and/or video to highlight athletic talent. Encourage your child to attend college visitations on campus. Help your child contact possible colleges and arrange on-campus visits.

2 Monitor your child s decision on the number of colleges to which he/she will apply. Research the cost to apply. Gather financial records and get financial counseling, if needed. Make sure your child writes letters to college financial aid offices requesting information and applications for scholarships and financial aid. Remember that the best source of money is university based. Encourage your child to check the schools scholarship announcements and apply for scholarships. Watch deadlines! Help your child search for scholarships on Internet websites, libraries or the counseling office. Help your child to organize his/her calendar for college application, scholarship and audition deadlines! October: Monitor your child s effort to update resume. Make sure your child attends post-secondary school and career presentations on campus (late October). Help your child register online for December ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests. Help your child register online for the NCAA Clearinghouse or the NAIA. Athletes must be cleared to play sports at Division I and Division II colleges. Links are on the LMCA counseling website. Encourage your child to search for scholarships in the Financial Aid Sort Program in the Nevada Career Information System (NCIS). The link is on the LMCA counseling website. Check Naviance on a regular basis for scholarships. Make sure your child photocopies or prints extra copies of applications to use as a backup. Monitor your child s research, comparing colleges, and reduce list to approximately five schools. Make sure your child meets with the School Counselor to review college lists. Encourage your child to consider sending in early decision or early action applications. Attend college fairs with your child (mid to late October). Encourage your child to apply for private, local, state, national, and university-based scholarships. November: Monitor your child s updating of resume. Make sure your child studies for the Nevada Proficiency Exams, if necessary. Gather financial records and get financial counseling, if needed. Make sure your child completes the CSS Profile, if necessary. - https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/financial-aid- 101/how-to-complete-the-css-financial-aid-profile Attend UNLV/CCSD sponsored Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshop(s) with your child.

3 Help your child complete and mail university/college-based scholarship. Please be aware of the deadlines for colleges your child is applying for. Encourage your child to continue to search out and apply for scholarships. Watch deadlines. December: Monitor your child s effort to update resume. Help your child plan for holiday visits to colleges. Remember to send thank you notes. Make sure your child obtains the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) from counselor or download it from the internet (www.fafsa.ed.gov). Work with your child to complete it. Make sure your child continues to research open applications periods for apprenticeship and technical/trade schools. Apply if applicable. January: Review your child s 7th semester grades; make sure he/she is on-target to graduate. Encourage your child to explore options to retrieve credits, if necessary. Check to make sure your child s courses meet college admission requirements. Encourage your child to keep sending applications. It is not too late to apply to many colleges. Make sure your child writes letters to college financial aid offices requesting information and applications for scholarships and financial aid. Help your child complete and mail the FAFSA or submit it electronically (www.fafsa.ed.gov) after January 1. Help your child complete and mail university/college-based scholarship and financial aid forms. Watch for the deadlines of each college. Monitor your child s progress and be aware of the deadlines dates for UNLV, UNR, and NSC. February Make sure your child requests the school s registrar send 7th semester transcripts to colleges that request them. Be sure your child s mid-year report, if requested, has gone out to the colleges to which you have applied. Make sure your child provides colleges of any new honors or accomplishments that were not in the original application/resume. Make sure your child checks that the college has received all required application and financial aid information. Can he/she apply for housing now?

4 Make sure your child informs the college counselor of first choice colleges. Stay in contact with the representative at those colleges. Some college acceptance letters may arrive. Make sure your child informs the counselor. Help your child complete and mail the FAFSA or submit it electronically (www.fafsa.gov) if not already done so. Apply to UNR & UNLV watch for deadline dates. Help your child complete and mail university/college-based scholarship and financial aid forms prior to each college deadline dates. Help your child complete and mail UNR, UNLV & NSC application and scholarship/financial aid forms prior to their deadline date. Make sure your child makes up Proficiency Exams, if necessary. March: Help your child contact possible colleges and arrange on-campus visits during spring break. Most college acceptance letters will arrive. Make sure your child informs counselor. Watch for the Student Aid Report (SAR) to arrive, giving the amount of student aid for which your child is eligible. This report is generated from your FAFSA. Make sure your child s colleges receive it. Keep the original. Call FED-AID if you have questions. Make sure your child notifies college counselor of scholarships/academic awards received. Apply to UNLV Watch deadline date. Encourage your child to enjoy the last months in high school, but not catch senioritis! April: Review with your child the acceptances and financial aid offers received. Encourage your child to continue to apply for scholarships. Make sure your child continues to notify counselor of scholarships/academic awards received. Help your child make decision on which college to attend and send tuition deposit. Make sure your child notifies college counselor of the college you have chosen to attend. Make sure your child notifies colleges chosen not to attend. Find out when payments for tuition, dormitory and meal plans are due. Plan accordingly. Encourage your child to keep sending applications. It is not too late to apply to many colleges. Make sure your child makes up Proficiency Exams, if necessary.

5 May: Help your child register online for June ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests. Make sure your child turns in final transcript request to the School Counselor. Remind your child of last chance to notify counselor of college he/she is attending and of scholarships/academic awards received. Work with your child to establish a budget for books, supplies and living expenses for college. Make sure your child sends thank you notes to teachers, counselor, and anyone who helped complete the process. Make sure your child sends thank you notes to scholarship donors. Attend with your child all advising days, open houses, orientation programs, and registration offered by the college. Encourage your child to read books on how to survive in college physically, emotionally, academically, and spiritually. Encourage your child to enroll in summer Freshman Orientation Session in college. Encourage your child to inquire about Math/English Placement Exams required for enrollment in freshman classes. Make sure your child checks with the college for shot records required for enrollment. Watch your child s calendar for end of school year deadlines. Encourage your young adult to enjoy summer!!! They deserve it! Encourage your child to start looking for a summer job. Graduate! Congratulations and God bless! Please contact the LMCA Counseling Office if you have any questions!

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