Road Map for December: Seniors

You’re probably in the homestretch on your applications, and might be looking forward to a lighter workload in the spring semester. You’ve earned that, but don’t let everything drop.  Your midyear report will go to colleges soon and a final report will be sent as well, so make sure you maintain your academic record.  In fact, if your first report card was strong you might want to share it with the colleges you’ve applied to already.  If you’ve received offers of admission, be sure to keep your school counselor up to date so he or she can send mid-year reports to those colleges as well as any that are still making decisions.

As admission offers start to come in, financial aid offers are generally close behind.  Virginia students applying to in-state public universities should check here for financial aid deadlines, many of which are early in the new year.  Maryland students will want to check here for possible grant opportunities, and DC students applying to public colleges around the country should familiarize themselves with how to apply for the DC TAG program. Many private scholarship applications are also open; check out these opportunities from the National Honor SocietyBurger King, and GE and the Reagan Foundation and follow Claster Educational Services on Facebook to learn about additional opportunities.

Gap years are becoming more and more popular, and I’m delighted to welcome gap year expert Scott Leroy to Claster Educational Services.  Scott has directed student programs in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and can help students make the most of their “year on” before, during and after the experience.  Click here to learn more about Scott, and contact us for an appointment to discuss gap year options and how a gap year can fit into your college plan.