Summary of the College Application Process
1) Do the groundwork. Review college catalogs, request information, visit campuses, attend the college fair and visit with representatives who come to the high school.
2) Take the appropriate admissions tests. Test deadlines and information can be found in the Career Center. Make sure to indicate on your ACT online registration where you would like your test scores sent (you can send your scores to four different schools for no additional cost). The ACT test scores will no longer be on your high school transcript. After you take the test, there is a fee each time you send your test scores to a college. Stop by the Career Center for more information.
3) Decide where you wish to apply. Make sure that you meet the admission requirements for the program you want. Many colleges have early deadlines so it is suggested that you begin applying to the colleges of your choice early in your senior year. Some advantages to applying by the early application deadline include:
-Availability to be accepted into the program of your choice
-Preference in registering for classes
-Better choice of housing
-Financial aid, grants, loans, work study availability. Most colleges will not consider you for any type of financial aid until you have been accepted to the college
4) Send your completed application materials and check to your college admissions office or apply online with a credit card.
5) Request your high school transcripts through the online ordering system Parchment.com. All official transcripts must be ordered through Parchment and not through the high school Counseling Office. All transcripts cost $5.00 each. http://www.parchment.com/
6) Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as required. January 1st (of the year you will start college) is the earliest possible filing date. The previous year's tax information is required to complete the form. Information and assistance with the FAFSA is available during the CIHS Financial Aid Night or by accessing online information at www.fafsa.ed.gov. To complete the FAFSA form, the student and parent need a pin number. To receive a pin number, go to www.pin.ed.gov
7) Apply for all scholarships that you are eligible for including: local scholarships listed on the Career Center website http://www.cambridge.k12.mn.us/~careerctr/scholarships all scholarships applications from your college of attendance, and by submitting your Dollars for Scholars application in the Spring of your Senior year.
8) Confirm your admission and housing by sending in any required deposit.
9) Attend orientation sessions if offered.
10) Request official transcripts of any PSEO, College in the School or Tech Prep credit you may have earned with the college you will attend.
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