College application steps
(steps may vary)
1. Identify interest/career idea/major choice- take a career interest survey or ask your guidance counselor for help if you don’t know what you want to study
2. Look up colleges that have that major- if you need help there are websites that can help with that or ask your high school guidance counselor
3. Think about what kind of college you are interested in: consider location- close/far from home as well as urban/suburban/rural areas, cost, programs/majors available, reputation, housing, transportation, etc
4. Research the colleges you are interested in online- find out all about them, ask college to send you more information.
5. Tour the college in person if possible, ask the admissions people a lot of questions, get all the info you can
6. Apply online or on paper- try to apply to about 5 schools (more is fine!) don’t worry too much about whether they will take you or not! [Note- if you had a bad grade year/semester then explain why on the application- maybe you went through a rough break up, had severe anxiety, etc.] There are a lot of essays to write so try to apply to one per week over the summer if possible. Apply early so they will take you with early admission before they run out of space. If applying to art schools make sure you have a good portfolio that shows of your range of talent. If you need letters of reference from high school teachers try to ask them for that before end of school year as they may be hard to reach over the summer.
7. Complete the FAFSA online with your parents- this shows what your family qualifies for with financial aid. [There is a due date for this- needs parents last tax statements and other information]/
8. Wait to see if you are accepted- if you are accepted they will send you financial aid information, acceptance letter, paperwork, info, etc
9. Decide which college you want to attend from the ones that accepted you
10. Complete the financial aid information they sent and accept scholarships and grants, complete any paperwork they send you.
11. Explore other scholarships and grants besides just from the college- look online, ask if any community programs, high school, etc offer any
12. Save some money from summer jobs.
13. Explore all financial options before taking student loans
14. Figure out housing options- live on campus, live at home/with local relatives, find apartment with roommates…
15. Keep saving money from summer jobs. Consider job on campus during school year.
16.Pack and get ready to go!! Have fun!!!!