21 Help select senior year courses Make sure that your child’s senior courses fulfill all high school graduation requirements, the requirements for the college(s) he/she is considering, and if necessary, the requirements for athletic eligibility. If you have any questions, contact your child’s counselor. To verify that students are continuing to challenge themselves during their senior year, most college applications ask students to list their senior courses. Even though students may want to “take it easy” their senior year, they need to continue taking academic courses. Search for scholarships Students who are hoping to get a scholarship should start looking for scholarship possibilities as a junior. Update your child’s “Activities Record” Add junior year activities, awards, etc. to your child’s Activities and Records.” Meet with the high school counselor Review your child’s academic record and discuss college plans. Help choose meaningful activities for the summer Students should try to get a job or do some volunteer work—if possible, in a field related to a career or major they’re considering. Narrow the list of college choices Research and visit colleges over the summer. Students should have their list of colleges narrowed down to four or five by their senior year. Have your child establish a permanent email address Since colleges often communicate via email, students need an appropriate, permanent email address. Continue to put money in your college savings account To get an idea of your child’s eligibility for financial aid, use the FAFSA4caster at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Tip: College freshmen are often required to take a math placement test before they register for classes. To keep their math skills sharp, every high school senior should take a math course.