Senior Timeline

Seniors – Narrow your search and apply!



  • Apply to at least 3 schools (safe, target and reach) NO LATER than Nov ;       applying early gives you an edge and allows you to enjoy your senior year!
  • Make a calendar with your choice college application and financial aid deadlines.
  • Complete college applications early and online at:
    • for Texas public college and universities
    • for some out of state and private college.
    • Check your college’s specific application instructions and deadlines
  •  October: Your FAFSA ( becomes available Oct 1; plan to complete this and your college’s financial applications – check your schools!
  • Note!  Much of your financial aid/scholarship money will come from the college you choose to attend, so follow their scholarship application process closely; they may have special forms and deadlines to meet.
  • Sign up early for the SAT and or ACT if you have not already taken them or wish to increase your score for scholarship purposes.
  • Sign up for SAT Subject Tests early, if required by your college(s)
  • Request recommendations early, at least 2 weeks in advance



  • Selective Service:  Men, you must register within 30 days of your 18th birthday at to be eligible for Federal Student Aid.
  • Continue scholarship search; local scholarships are available in the spring
  • March:  Sign up for Advance Placement tests with your counselor
  • Keep up your grades! – Once you are accepted, colleges will require another high school transcript in January & in May.
  • Compare financial aid packages when you receive admissions notifications. Look for the best rather than the most.
  • Finalize your college choice & notify all of them that made you an offer by May 1st
  • Request your final high school transcript to be sent to 1) Grayson College AND to be sent to 2) your college of choice.

Kathy Howard

TCS Guidance Counselor

(903) 893-7076 ext. 205

   fax (903) 891-8486

TCS School CEEB Code:  446-499