College Applications

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Applying for College

 

The biggest thing to remember about applying for college is to get your applications and fill them out as early as possible. Different colleges have different deadlines for when they will accept applications, so make sure to find out when yours are due. Most applications are going to be due the fall of your senior year if you are wanting to start the year after you graduate.

Most applications ask for some type of essay. If writing isn't your thing, ask for help. Even if you're the best writer in the world, ask for help. It's good to have someone read over your work. A fresh perspective can often help strengthen essays.

If you're lost as to where to begin, feel free to come by the Counseling Office.

Want to look at some different schools? Here's a list of colleges and universities in Washington State and links to their websites. [http://www.collegeplan.org/cpnow/links/unilinks.htm]

 

SAT Information:

Students planning to take the SAT for admissions to a four-year college or university need to register online at sat.collegeboard.com/register. You can find everything you need to register and get ready for the test, as well as to send scores and learn from your performance on test day.

 

Test Prep Resources:

  • http://www.testprep.com
  • http://www.act.org
  • http://www.eurekareview.com
  • http://www.vocabulary.com
 

Common Application

The Common Application is accepted by many private colleges (public institutions do not accept the Common Application). This is an online application that a student completes one time and can be send to multiple submitted to participating colleges that you select. Before filling out the Common App, make sure that the schools to which you plan to apply accept it. Tutorials are available on the website. For more information, visit www.thecommonapplication.com.

 

Financial Aid

In order to access financial aid, everyone who plans on going to college needs to fill out what is called the: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)[http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/]

You can fill out this application beginning January 1st of the year before you want to go to school. You want to fill out and submit this application as early as possible.  The earlier your application is in, the more money you can access.


When you fill out the application, it makes you eligible to receive financial aid from July 1st the year you fill it out to June 30th of the following year. The FAFSA needs to be completed at the same time before each year you attend college.

 

You can access the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

 

Important Note:

In order to sign your FAFSA electronically, you need to apply online for a pin.

You can do this at: http://www.pin.ed.gov

You can also sign your FAFSA by hand and mail it in, but this does take longer to process.

FINANCIAL AID LINKS:

  • http://www.studentaid.ed.gov
  • http://www.finaid.org
  • http://www.students.gov/
 

If you are male...

In order to receive financial aid you have to register with the Selective Service

Go to http://www.sss.gov for more information

Questions?

Come by the Counseling Office

For more information on financial aid, visit www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov

Scholarships

National scholarships are great but make sure to spend some extra time on local scholarships. Fewer people will be applying for these which equals a higher likely hood that you will be chosen as a recipient. Plus, national scholarships will likely ask for similar information and essay topics, so you can just reuse some information from local scholarships you fill out.  Check out the Scholarship Binder in the Career Center for more information.


Look in your experience areas

Do you have a job? Are you part of a club, organization, or church? All of these locations tend to have their own scholarships. Because of your involvement, you may have a higher chance of getting these.


Look online at some of your Counselor's favorite websites:

  • www.TheWashBoard.org
  • www.finaid.com
  • www.fastweb.com
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange
  • College Bound Scholarship
  • Pacific Northwest Scholarship Guide
  • Let's Get Ready Foundationhttp://www.letsgetready.org/Resources/Resources
  • Go College www.gocollege.com
  • College Board www.collegeboard.com/splash/
  • Petersons www.petersons.com
  • Student Aid www.studentaid.ed.gov
  • Scholarships www.scholarships.com
  • Career One Stop www.careeronestop.org
  • Native American Rights Fund http://www.narf.org/nill/resources/scholarships.htm
  • Financial Aid for Native American Students (FinAidFinancial Aid for Native American Students (FinAid)www.finaid.org/otheraid/natamind.phtm
  • Ayuda Financieria del Estudiante en Espaniol www.finaid.org/otheraid/spanish.phtm
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund http://www.hsf.net/
  • Questbridge Scholarship http://www.questbridge.org/
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund http://www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Scholarship http://www.naacp.org/pages/naacp-scholarships
 

There are many College specific Scholarships available too; come in and talk to the counselor!

Stuck? Not sure where to go next? Come by the Counseling Office for a brainstorming session.