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There will be a lot to do during your senior year. Please take a moment to look at the checklist below for information to help you get started and keep on track.

Helpful Financial Aid Resources 

Information on Loans and borrowing for a college education 

CFNC Booklet:  Student Financial Aid for North Carolinians

LendeEDU Financial Aid Tutorial  

CFNC Financial Aid Workshop Powerpoint 


Fall Semester

  • Review courses, graduation requirements, and scholarship opportunities with your counselor. 

  • Select 3-5 colleges ~ a dream school, a safety school, and others in between.

  • Track application and financial aid deadlines for colleges (search for this information on the college's website).

  • Take the first SAT or ACT offered in the Fall if you still need additional test scores (All UNC system schools and most North Carolina private schools are test optional through Class of 2024.)  See Testing Information for dates and deadlines. Register on for the SAT and for the ACT. Make sure you choose all the schools you may apply to as recipients for your scores.

  • Write, edit, proofread, and rewrite your admissions essays early.

  • Ask teachers, counselors, or references to write letters of recommendation (We have a form that you can fill out to help us write even better letters).

  • Attend a college day, the annual college fair, college visits at Davie High, and participate in CFNC Countdown to College Week. Please see Student Services for the College Day form if going during a school day.  Those forms must be completed and turned in to the attendance office before your visit.

  • Complete online college applications.  Most school applications can be found at (one application for multiple colleges), or on the college website

  • Check with college financial aid offices for school-specific scholarship information and forms.

  • See the Scholarship Information page for scholarship opportunities. 

  • Student-athletes send transcripts to NCAA Clearinghouse for eligibility certification. See Mr. Sheppard in Student Services or click the link for more information.

  • Get an FSA ID (both student and one parent), so you can electronically sign your FAFSA. 

  • Complete and submit FAFSA at  The application will open on October 1 each year.  Be sure to meet the priority filing deadline for all the schools you are interested in.

  • For help with your FAFSA, check with your counselor.  We have help sessions most Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year as well as a FAFSA night where you can get one-on-one assistance from a financial aid counselor from DDCC.

  • Complete the Residency Determination to establish in-state residency in North Carolina.  This number must be on every submitted college application.  

  • If you are considering the military, make sure you have met with a recruiter.  Here is a Marine Corps video to view if you are interested.

Spring Semester

  • Compare admission acceptance letters and financial aid packages.

  • Submit your enrollment deposit to hold your spot at the college you choose.

  • Apply for education loans, if needed.

  • Send in any college credit course transcripts. Ask the community college to send the transcript to your college of choice.

  • Take exams for any AP or college-level courses completed.