October is College Application Month! Seniors, if you have not applied to college yet, you should apply by October 31st. Applying by this date ensures that you are meeting most deadlines for maximum scholarship consideration. Applying early also means that you will receive an admissions decision faster so you can start planning for next year. Additionally, it lessens the chance that you will be turned down because a school runs out of space. In order to apply, you need to do a few things:
- Submit an application to any school you are interested in attending. Leave yourself options by applying to 3-5 schools.
- Make sure that all application materials have been sent including a completed application, your school transcript(s), ACT/SAT scores, and any application fees. (If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, you may be eligible for an application fee waiver from the Counseling Office.)
- If you need a letter of recommendation, try to ask your teachers, coaches, employers, etc. for them at least 3-4 weeks in advance of the application deadline.
- Revise and proofread any required essays. Have someone else read them also such as a parent, a teacher, or your college adviser.
The most important thing is to APPLY NOW to ANY schools you are interested in. Sometimes students feel like they should not apply to a school either for financial reasons or because they do not feel they will be admitted. Do not let the cost of a school prevent you from applying. It is rarely the case that you will end up paying a school’s “sticker price” (i.e. what it looks like the school will cost before financial aid and scholarships have been applied). Similarly, do not let fear of being rejected keep you from applying as schools look at multiple things to determine your admittance. If you are a little low in an area, it does not mean that you will not be accepted.
For those of you who need further incentive to apply, you could win GIFT CARDS or a $1000 SCHOLARSHIP just for working on an application. For more information and to be entered in the drawing go here: https://cappex.wufoo.com/forms/college-application-month-submissions/
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