12th Grade - Spring Semester
Georgia High School Seniors check your GAfutures account to be sure your information is correct including your name, date of birth, social security number and high school for graduation.
Today is a great time to make sure your GAfutures account and your high school have your correct Social Security number and date of birth before your final transcript is reported by your high school.
With this information in your secure GAfutures account you and only you have access to:
- Check your HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship academic eligibility for starting college after graduation.
- Request your final high school transcript be electronically sent to HOPE eligible colleges and universities (if your high school participates, most in Georgia do.)
- If you chose to attend a HOPE eligible college/university, the financial aid office will be able to view your academic eligibility for the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship.
- To check your HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship academic status, sign-in into your GAfutures account go to> My GAfutures > High School HOPE GPA. The page shows your calculated HOPE GPA, the highest SAT or ACT scores GSFC/GAfutures has received and your current status.
- To send your high school transcript to a HOPE eligible college sign-in into your GAfutures account go to> My GAfutures > High School Transcript. The page will allow you to view the transcript record submitted by your high school and request it be sent to a HOPE eligible college or university or NCAA.
Your GAfutures account information is always secure and not sold or shared.
- If you haven’t done so, complete and submit your college financial aid applications and the FAFSA. You can also complete the GSFAPPS, the alternative application to apply for the HOPE Scholarship and the Zell Miller Scholarship.
- Observe deadlines for admissions, financial aid, testing, orientation fees and housing deposits.
- If you don't already have a good computer, investigate purchasing one for college. You or your parents can subsidize the cost of a computer for college in your student loans. Some schools provide students with laptops or tablets as part of their admissions package.
- Request your high school send your official transcripts to the colleges to which you are applying through your My GAfutures account.
- Contact the admissions office of the colleges to which you have applied to make sure that your information has been received.
- Keep an eye out for financial aid workshops and seminars, for both you and your parents. There is a lot of help out there when you're looking for information on financial aid.
- Complete your college scholarship applications.
- Maintain good grades and check your preliminary HOPE GPA to see if you are on track to be eligible for the HOPE Program.
- Check your selective service status for financial aid purposes, if applicable.
- You will probably receive responses from the colleges you applied for admissions by April 15.
- Decision time! You should decide on a college by May 1. Notify that school by sending your commitment deposit check. Many schools require that your notification letter is postmarked by this date. This should ensure your place in the entering freshman class. Notify the other schools to which you were accepted of your decision and withdraw your application.
- Continue to search for scholarships.
- Compare your acceptance letters, financial aid and scholarship offers. These are all important things to consider when choosing a college.
- If you were placed on a waiting list for a particular college and have decided to wait for an opening, contact that college and let them know you are still very interested.
- Take AP exams for any subjects you studied in high school. Be sure to check needed scores for the school you've chosen.