Congressional Nominations

falcon321

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I am in my junior year of high school. When would be a good time to start sending in my Congressional Nominations? I want to be one of the first to send in an application to my senators and my representatives.
 

Hoodlum15

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Each congressman has their own timeline, and they won't accept applications for next year until they're done with this year's. Just research your specific congressmen to find out their timelines; almost all of them have information on their websites.
 

falcon321

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Each congressman has their own timeline, and they won't accept applications for next year until they're done with this year's. Just research your specific congressmen to find out their timelines; almost all of them have information on their websites.
Thanks hoodlum15
 

Billberna

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The congressional nomination process generally opens in the spring of the junior year, but since junior year final grades are important to have on your transcript, count on working on the nomination applications during the summer between your junior and senior year. Our senators/representatives have a deadline in early September, but many have a later date than that. In short, if you complete these packets over the summer between your junior and senior year, you will be right on time or even ahead of the game.
 

kinnem

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Getting a nomination application submitted is not a race. There is no advantage to having your application in early. There IS an advantage to have a well prepared, well balanced, best application package you can submit, sent in, on time.
 

time2

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^^ I agree, there are no 'bonus' points for being one of the first to submit you NOM application. MOC who conduct NOM interviews typically do them all at one time after the deadline has passed for submitting your application, generally in the Q4 timeframe. Check their website for latest information on their application process since each MOC conducts their own process. Typically, they have a specific timeframe during which you can submit your application.
 

emtet

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I'm currently a senior applying for nominations, and most applications didn't open till AFTER my junior year. Every congressman is different so I'd go on their websites and sign up for email updates(mine had these and reminders are very helpful). If they don't have that, just set up a reminder on your phone. It may not benefit your chances by submitting your app early, but knowing when apps open helps so that you have adequate time to get all your different info and docs together. Many of the nominations I'm applying for require various recommendations/references, an essay, and a resume of extracurricular activities.
 
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