Don’t forget to file

Last-minute paperwork for high school seniors

By now, you’ve probably selected where you’re going to school in the fall, so first off, congratulations! With that big decision out of the way, there are a few loose ends you should tie up before completely focusing on earning money and having fun this summer.

Between the end of May and the middle of June, you’ll want to:

  • Let your high school know where you are going and what scholarships you’ve received. Aside from needing the information for the graduation ceremony, high schools use this information to help evaluate their own performance and make adjustments, or earn honors and grants based on their success rates.
  • Notify the colleges you did not choose. If you are not going to attend a college that has accepted you, it’s important to let them know of your decision so they can start accepting students on their wait list.
  • Schedule summer orientation. Orientation may seem like a formality, but typically this is when you’ll begin registering for classes. So scheduling orientation as early as possible can help you get the classes you really want.
  • Send your final high school transcript. Even though this isn’t the first time your college will be seeing your high school transcript – and it’s not likely that much has changed – all colleges require a final and complete record of your high school performance. Failure to send it could even impact your ability to attend in the fall.
  • Send additional transcripts. If you took Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO), dual enrollment, or other courses at a nearby university or community college, you will need to have that school send a final transcript. Colleges only recognize final transcripts from the institution where the course was completed, so even though your high school transcript mentions these courses, it is not considered an official report of your performance.

Once you think you’re done with everything, it’s a good idea to follow up with your college to make sure they have what they need. It’s easy to think “out of sight, out of mind” when it comes to paperwork. But things happen and letters can get lost, so be sure to check in. The last thing you want to do is find out something is missing a week before classes start.

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10 Responses to Don’t forget to file

  1. Taforya Carroll says:

    Yes I do want a Scholarship

    • Dana Fulton says:

      Hi Taforya, we do not offer scholarships to the public, but we do have our CollegeSTEPS® program which provides useful information and an automatic entry into our sweepstakes. See for details and the official rules. We also sponsor Tuition Funding Sources. Tuition Funding Sources is designed to help students find scholarships, college, and career information. To learn more go to and click on Scholarships.

  2. hector says:

    Very helpful, nice way to remind a student like my self. That doors are open but anything can happen by a single transcript or thing not sent to the college you would want to attend. Also very clever, way to remind to check up on everything during a college process.

    • Dana Fulton says:

      Thank you for the positive comment, Hector! Keep up the good studies, and we’ll try to help with the rest.

  3. Damien says:

    Thank you Wells Fargo for all the helpful information. I was really anxious and stressed about going to college and filling out all the paperwork. However, thanks to this bank I feel more organized, prepared, financially stable with the help of a college credit card, and now I’m excited about attending college this fall.

    • Dana Fulton says:

      Thank you! I’m glad we could help, Damien. We’ll continue to be here for you. Keep up the great work at college in the fall!

  4. Jimmy says:

    Thank you very much for the helpful information.

  5. Alex says:

    Thanks Wells Fargo for the reminder. I’m not exactly sure what steps if need to take to be enrolled in the upcoming school year but your reminder was a great reminder to not forget.

  6. Juli says:

    This was really helpful. The part about double checking is smart, I wouldn’t have thought to do that. I’m really grateful Wells Fargo created this for students.

  7. Hu says:

    Very helpful post! Also, sending AP scores and IB Scores are necessary, especially because they are released in July.

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