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College Application Checklist:

 

 

  • Common Application - One application for over 800+ schools

    • Search Schools through College Board, Naviance, College Websites, etc.

    • Fill out individual applications (if not on Common Application)

    • Fill out Common app

    • Add each College to the Common Application

    • Complete your essay - Write your master copy in Google Drive, then cut/paste

    • Supplement writing sections may be required for each college

    • Possible Application fees; free/reduced lunch students have (8) applications waivers

  • Letters of recommendation

    • Ask early

    • Ask teachers who know your work ethic and have had good experiences with you in class.

    • Request on Naviance (Search for Email with Video Instructions)

  • Naviance

    • Request Transcripts on Naviance (Search for Email with Video Instructions)

    • Request Letters of recommendation on Naviance

    • Track Colleges, plans for application deadlines, acceptance decisions and application progress

  • SAT Scores

    • Can be optionally required for some 4 year colleges/universities

    • Not required for any 2 year Community College or BCC

    • Recommended to take SAT or ACT at least twice

    • Always submit if you have them

    • Must send through College Board only; the College/Career Center cannot send for you

    • Fees may apply

    • Manage scores and additional information through College Board

  • Essays

    • Not required for BCC

    • Do them early!

    • Have read by as many people as possible

    • Edit and ask Staff Members to Edit

    • Be sure to follow prompts given

    • Short answer/ supplement essays may be added depending on schools applied to

    • Avoid writing about other family members/friends and mental health issues; not appropriate for admissions.

  • Deadlines

    • DON'T MISS THEM!

Filling Out FAFSA

  • FSA ID

    • Create in order to complete FAFSA for both student and parent/guardian

    • Parent/ Guardian account (May already have one if in school or with an older sibling)

  • FAFSA

    • Financial Aid - Required for ALL colleges/universities (scholarships, grants, and work-study)

      • Including BCC

    • Complete to submit

    • Previous years taxes (2017)

    • Collect any benefit information for the family

    • Pell Grant

    • Loan amount

    • Provides Expected family contribution

    • Always say yes to requesting the Work Study; you can decline later

  • CSS Profile

    • Private schools

    • More financial aid information needed

    • Must also file FAFSA

  • Scholarship search

    • Local Scholarships Available on Naviance

    • National Scholarship Sites:

      • Mefa.org​

      • Collegeboard.org

      • Scholarship Owl

        • Apply to as many scholarships as possible

    • Raise.me

      • Find Colleges that Accept Raise.me and work on updating

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