When it’s time to apply for college scholarships or college admission, the one thing I here most often from students and parents is…”Where do I begin?”
This happens most often around the student’s junior year in high school when it’s time to turn your college planning into action.
Following these first steps to setting up your college journey will give you all the tools you’ll need to get information on the college’s your interested in. These steps will also help you to prepare to take the SAT or ACT exam, apply to colleges and scholarships, apply for financial aid and put a plan together to make it all happen.
Here’s where you start…
If you haven’t already, set up an account with Collegeboard because this will be your entry point into everything that has to do with the SAT/PSAT exams.
If you plan to apply for college scholarships, remember that the SAT/PSAT exam can help you to unlock lots of free scholarships.
Here you get all the info you need to prepare and plan to take the SAT/PSAT exams. You’ll be able to find when and where the SAT exams are held and you’ll be able to apply for the exams directly through collegeboard.
They will even help you get your SAT scores over to schools of your choice. The best part is they will only send the scores you want to send if you take the test more than once.
Sign up for a MyRoad account that will give you some powerful tools to plan your college career and apply for college scholarships. You’ll find a wealth of information on colleges and universities that you can compare.
There are some great planning tools that will get you going in the right direction when it comes to choosing the right school and the right major for you.
You can sign up using a high school based subscription. You’ll need to get your high school’s access code to do so.
The Common Application is more commonly referred to as the Common App! The name really says it all. This is the college application that most colleges and universities will accept as their admission application.
How cool is that? You only need to fill out one application and submit it to the schools of your choice.
I wish I could say the same for the essay, but that will be unique and different for each school. However, in some cases you’ll be able to use the framework of one essay to write another.
You may come across some schools that don’t use the Common App, but they’re few and far between. So sign up and get started on your college application.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use the Common App to apply for college scholarships.
This is one of the most important places you’ll need to go to sign up for and have access to your FAFSA account.
I like to think of the FAFSA as one of the most important college applications you’ll ever apply to. It’ll not only help you unlock thousands of dollars in federal financial aid like grants, loans and work study, but also government backed scholarships that are offered by schools as part of your financial aid package.
Important Note: You will not get a financial aid package from any schools that you apply to unless you fill out the FAFSA.
The student is required to set up an account and a parent is required to have a separate ID and pin# for their child’s account.
Another Important Note: You’re required to update the information on the FAFSA for each new school year that you apply. You may want to keep this in calendar as a reminder.
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When it comes time to apply for college scholarships, a winning strategy will help you find the money and make your college career less stressful.
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