Now's The Time To Get Set For Applying To College
North American Precis Syndicate
Now is a good time for high school students and their parents to plan for applying to colleges. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the 3.6 million
students who will graduate high school next year, here’s a hint:
Vacation time is a good time for seniors and their parents to get a head
start on the college application process. You can focus on finding the right
college without balancing the responsibilities of schoolwork and extracurriculars.
Five Steps To College
Here are five things you can do now to save time in the fall.
1. Create And Save Your Own
Personal College List: Use free resources such as the College Board’s
for and compare colleges, find
scholarships, understand financial aid, navigate the application process
from start to finish, and get reminders, tips and guidance for every step.
With a profile on bigfuture.org, you can continually update your list and
find the college that’s best for you.
2. Register For The SAT: The
SAT is an important part of admission and it’s accepted by all U.S.
colleges and universities. The College Board recently redesigned the SAT to
make it easier than ever for students to show their best work. Students can
take the SAT on August
25, which gives them a chance to practice for the test without the added
pressure of being in school. And students can prepare—free—by
logging on to Official SAT Practice
for a personalized plan, including thousands of interactive questions with
instant feedback, video lessons, full-length practice tests, and test-taking
tips and strategies.
3. Show Colleges You’re
Interested: There are many ways you can let your top colleges know you’re
interested in attending. Visit
a campus or go on a virtual tour; participate in an online chat hosted by
the admission office; follow the college on social media; request more
information through an institution’s online inquiry form; and give it a
little bit more information about your interests.
4. Research Financial Aid: It’s
important to consider college costs, so the College
Board’s Net Price Calculator has information on potential financial
aid and the true out-of-pocket costs of colleges. The summer is also a good
time to gather the financial documents needed to complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which opens October 1. And the Scholarship
Search tool from bigfuture.org helps students find scholarships, other
financial aid, and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly
5. Check Your Fee Waiver
Eligibility: The College Board made changes to remove as many cost
barriers as possible for low-income students applying to college. Students
now need only confirm their eligibility status once, and available benefits
are easily visible in their online accounts. Fee waiver benefits include two
free SAT administrations, six free SAT Subject Tests, two Question-and Answer
Service (QAS) or Student Answer Service (SAS) orders, free unlimited score
sends to colleges, waived application fees at participating colleges, and an
unlimited number of CSS Profile application fee waivers for first-time,
domestic college applicants.
For further facts and tips, go to www.collegeboard.org.
“Vacation time is a good time for seniors and
their parents to get a head start on the college application process. Making
it easier, the College Board recently redesigned the SAT to help students
show their best work. http://bit.ly/2xyF1OJ”
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