Applying to College

Tips for Starting (and Finishing) College Applications

The college application is a lot more than just the form you fill out for each school. In addition to that form, you typically need your ACT scores, official transcript, and a letter of recommendation sent to the school. Some colleges will ask for an essay, too.  That’s a lot of stuff to check off your to-do list. Blueprints has provided some resources and strategies you can use to help you accomplish your goal.

Tests and Classes to Take While in High School:

 Required Tests for College

Colleges often require high school students to take certain classes. Research your college of interest and what classes the college requires high school students to take.

Things Every Student Should Know about the College Application Process

  1. Begin the search process early.  You will need to request information from the colleges you are interested in and may want to visit a few campuses before making a final decision.
  2. You will want to meet with your guidance counselor to make sure you are taking the appropriate classes and meeting the requirements for college applications.
  3. You may need to complete standardized tests, like the ACT or SAT, as part of the college application process. There are fee waivers available to help pay for these tests.
  4. There are fee waivers available for college application fees.  Make sure you ask your guidance counselor about application fee waivers for the schools you are applying too.
  5. College tuition is generally due at the start of the semester. However, there are a number of federal, state, and private programs that can help pay college costs.  Be sure to work with the college’s financial aid office regarding financial assistance.
  6. As a general rule, most students going to college right after high school will have to apply for financial aid (FAFSA) as a dependent of their parents or guardians.  Therefore, you will need to talk to your parents about their income, including copies of income tax filings.
  7. If you are applying for financial aid you will want to be sure to fill out the FAFSA after January 1 of the year you plan to enroll in school.
  8. Be aware of scholarship deadlines! Scholarship applications may be due as early as November or December of your senior year of high school.
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