College & Career Planning Timeline


  • Update and revise your resume through your Naviance Student account.
    • Include your talents and abilities, activities you have been involved in, leadership roles, community services performed, references you have and jobs you’ve held.
    • Go to this link for tips!
  • Find at least 3 adults to write a letter of recommendation
    • Who should you ask?
      • Someone who knows your character and accomplishments and someone you have a positive relationship with.
    • What types of information is included in a letter of recommendation?
      • Your skills and accomplishments, attributes, personal characteristics and goals
    • Offer your resume to provide information about yourself to assist them in writing the letter of recommendation
    • How to request a letter of recommendation from a teacher.
      • Two key parts!
        • Ask them in person first, then
        • Log in to your Naviance Student account
          • Clicke the menu (3 horizontal lines in the top right corner) and select "Colleges"
          • Under "Apply to Colleges" choose "Letters of Recommendation"
          • Select the blue "Add Request"
          • Complete the 3 steps and click "Submit"          
  • If you are a 21st Century Scholar:
    • Log in to your Scholar Track account to make sure you have all steps completed for the Scholar Success Program.
    • Keep your cumulative GPA at 2.5 or above.                                                                                                 
  • Sign up to re-take the SAT and/or the ACT.
    • What is the difference? Go to this link to find out!
      • Practice…practice….and practice more! Research shows the more comfortable students are with the test and format, the higher they will score.
        • Students have access to free individualized test practice through their Family Connection account by selecting Test Prep from the menu
        • Students can utilize Khan Academy for free & personalized SAT prep
      • ACT – visit to register
        • Cost = $46 (no writing) & $62.50 (includes writing)
        • See your counselor if you receive textbook assistance for a free test fee waiver!
19-20 act test dates deadline to register late registration deadline (fee charged)
September 14, 2019*

August 16, 2019

September 1, 2019

October 26, 2019*

September 27, 2019

October 13, 2019

December 14, 2019

November 8, 2019

November 25, 2019

February 8, 2020*

January 10, 2020

January 17, 2020

April 4, 2020*

February 29, 2020

March 16, 2020

June 13, 2020

May 8, 2020

May 25, 2020

July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 June 29, 2020

*These test dates are at Decatur Central High School

  • SAT – visit to register
    • Cost = $46 (no essay) & $60 (includes essay)
    • See your counselor if you receive textbook assistance for a free test fee waiver!

19-20 SAT Test Dates

Deadline to register

Late registration deadline (fee charged)

August 24, 2019*

July 24, 2019

August 11, 2019

October 5, 2019*

September 5, 2019

September 23, 2019

November 2, 2019

October 2, 2019

October 20, 2019

December 7, 2019*

November 7, 2019

November 25, 2019

March 14, 2020*

February 13, 2020

February 24, 2020

May 2, 2020*

April 2, 2020

April 20, 2020

June 6, 2020* May 6, 2020 May 23, 2020

*These test dates are at Decatur Central High School

  • Attend a College Fair if you are still unsure as to which schools are the right fit for you!
    Check out the Indianapolis National College Fair here! 
  • Begin the college application process.
    • Check with the colleges you plan to apply – be sure to know the application deadlines
    • Understand the requirements needed for each school
      • For example – some schools require an essay or letters of recommendations whiles others do not. Be prepared.
    • If you used a fee waiver for the SAT – check your account to get your free application waivers for college applications!
  • College Go Week!
    • Check to see if any of the schools you are applying to waive their fees during College Go Week by going to this link!
  • After you apply for college, request your transcripts through Naviance Student
  • Send your ACT/SAT test scores to the colleges you’ve applied to
  • Begin the Financial Aid process
  • Search for Scholarships
    • Log in to your Naviance Student account
      • CICF Scholarships
        • On your home page, scroll to the bottom and click "CICF scholarships" to view central Indiana scholarship opportunities
      • Scholarship List
        • On the top right of your home page, click the menu option (3 horizontal lines) and choose "Colleges"
        • Scroll to "Scholarships and Money" and select "Scholarship List"
          • Scholarships will be added throughout the year so check back often!
          • You may also select "National Scholarship Search" to find scholarship opportunities
    • Look at your college’s website for school specific scholarships
    • Check out any of the following websites to search for scholarship opportunities:
  • If you are planning to play a sport in college, be sure to have an account with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center
  • Start looking into apprenticeship options or career options post-high school if college is not on your radar.
  • Graduation – Herff Jones
    • Complete and turn in your payment for cap/gown


  • Keep up your grades
    • Even though you are a senior – your grades, courses and GPA all still count!
  • Submit the FAFSA
    • Be sure to complete the FAFSA on or before the March 10th deadline (check your school – they may have an earlier deadline than March 10th!)
    • Keep an eye on your Student Aid Report (SAR) to arrive 4-6 weeks after completion
    • Be sure to make any corrections by the deadline given
  • Continue to search and apply for scholarships
    • Keep checking your Naviance Student account under "Scholarships and Money"
  • Choose your school
    • Accept the school of your choice, if you have received multiple acceptance letters
    • Respond and decline the schools you choose not to attend
    • Send in any payment/requirements by the deadlines given
    • Watch for housing and academic information for the school