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High School Senior Pre-FLC Checklist

Prepare for Folsom Lake College attendance, during your senior year, by following the steps listed in this month-by-month checklist. Important numbers and websites are listed at the bottom of this checklist for your convenience.

August:
Work on your math and English skills this year! You will be taking assessment tests in the spring for placement into math and English classes.

Begin checking in with your High School Career Center or Counselor regularly to search for scholarship opportunities (also utilize the web and other resources).

Pay close attention to scholarship deadlines (many scholarship deadlines are in February and March) and keep copies of anything you submit for your records.Visit Californiarealitycheck.com to explore careers, find out how much money you will need and which occupation will pay for all of your needs.

September:
Mid-Term Graduates - Start the "Steps to Success" to enroll for Spring Classes.

Attend college planning and/or financial aid information nights and college fairs. Check with your Career Center or Counselor for event dates and times.

Begin asking teachers, guidance counselors and employers for letters of recommendation to include with your scholarship applications.

October:
Follow up with your teachers, guidance counselors and employers regarding letters of recommendation for scholarship applications.

Talk with the FLC outreach representative who visits your high school to ask questions about application and registration process and specific certificates, degrees and transferring.

November:
To apply for federal and state financial aid, you will file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in January. This is best done online. To file your FAFSA online, both you and one of your parents must have a PIN code. Apply this month for a PIN by visiting www.pin.ed.gov.

Research and submit applications for every scholarship for which you may be eligible--pay close attention to submission deadlines.
 
December:
Visit your high school Career Center or Counselor to obtain resources to help you begin the financial aid process.

To prepare for filing your online FAFSA, visit www.fafsa.gov to obtain a FAFSA on the Web Pre-application worksheet. Answering the questions on the worksheet will help you prepare to file your FAFSA in January. If you are not able to file online, you may obtain a paper FAFSA application at your high school career center or counseling office, or by calling the Federal Student Aid Info Center at (800) 433-3243. (Parents: it is helpful to get your federal income tax return prepared ASAP, after January 1st. This will ease the financial aid process.)

Ask your high school counselor to print your GPA Verification Form for you to mail to the California Student Aid Commission for Cal Grant consideration. The deadline is March 2nd.

Submit your Cal Grant GPA for the March 2nd deadline. (Most high schools will file this form electronically once you submit the completed copy to them.)

January:
As soon as possible after January 1 and when tax forms are complete (they don't have to be filed until April 15; you can use estimates), complete your FAFSA online (or go to www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov to download a PDF version of the FAFSA).

Keep copies of all documents, including your PIN, in a file.

Contact the U.S. Department of Education at 800-4-FEDAID if you need assistance completing the FAFSA and/or plan to attend a financial aid night event. You may also make an appointment with a Financial Aid Officer at one of our FLC Financial Aid Offices: FLC (916) 608-6646; EDC (530) 642-5651; RCC (916) 255-5211.

Check with your career center or counselor regarding FLC application workshops at your school.

February:
Submit an FLC admissions application. Click here to access the online application.  By filling out the application you will receive a student ID number, which you will need in order to access all services at FLC.

The orientation for Folsom Lake College is online. Click here to take the orientation quiz.

Submit your FAFSA if you have not already done so at www.fafsa.gov. Watch for the e-mail notice indicating your Student Aid Report (SAR) is ready. Review your SAR for errors and make any corrections as indicated. If you have not received your SAR four weeks after sending in your FAFSA, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 433-3243.

March:
Complete FLC assessment testing. Information regarding the assessment tests, including dates for testing on an FLC campus can be obtained online, Click here for an FLC campus assessment testing schedule.  (You are required to bring a photo ID and your FLC Student Identification Number to the test. A Student Identification Number is assigned to you when you complete and submit an FLC application.)

March 2nd - Submission deadline (postmarked if mailed) for FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA. If you miss the March 2nd deadline for the Cal Grant, you can still submit your FAFSA for consideration of other grants up until the end of the academic school year.

Go online for a current class schedule and begin planning your first semester of classes at FLC. Click here to view the FLC online class schedule.

April:
If you have not received a notice regarding your Cal Grant application from the California Student Aid Commission, contact them at (888) CAGrant, as soon as possible.

Make an appointment with an FLC counselor to review/clarify your assessment results and develop a student educational plan. Click here for Counselor appointment and contact information. 

May:
Register for FLC summer and/or fall classes--check eServices for enrollment appointment day and time.

Finalize your summer job plans, and if possible, make a plan for saving a portion of your summer earnings.

June:
Plan for college transportation.

Prepare a realistic budget for the school year.

Congratulations! You have successfully prepared to attend FLC!  

Outreach Staff Support:
For more information about attending Folsom Lake College, check with your high school career center or counselor for a schedule of FLC staff visitation dates at your school, or contact the FLC Outreach Office:

Sarah Aldea
Outreach Specialist
Folsom Lake College
10 College Parkway
Folsom, CA 95630
Phone: (916) 608-6589
Fax: (916) 608-6732


Important Numbers and Websites:

Folsom Lake College
http://www.flc.losrios.edu

Los Rios Community College District
w.losrios.edu

California Reality Check
www.californiarealitycheck.com

Federal Student Aid Information
(Free copies of financial aid materials, including FAFSA)
1-800-433-3243
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
www.pin.ed.gov

California Student Aid Commission
1-888-224-7268
www.csac.ca.gov
www.calgrants.org

CSS Profile Information
1-305-829-9793
www.collegeboard.org

Financial Aid Information Page
www.finaid.org

College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Academics/financial-aid.html

Explore Financial Aid Options
http://mappingyourfuture.org/paying/financialaid.htm

FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
http://www.finaid.com/

Resources for Students with Disabilities in Need of Financial Assistance
http://www.icdri.org/Financial%20Aid/finaid.htm