Currently, many students are overly stressed about getting into college and having a career. This process is not an easy one. However, in the end, the hectic process is more than worth it. Here are some important facts that students need to know about the application process and the deadlines they need to meet.
The first step for applying to college is to read and pay attention to all of the instructions on the application. East High School counselor Mrs. Gilbert explains the application process and what it all includes. “Usually four-year colleges require you to include your SAT and ACT Scores, one to three recommendation letters and sometimes it is also advantageous to include a copy of a resume and a list of any activities and honors,” she states.
In addition to all these documents you should compile, there are deadlines that must be followed. Her best advice is, “Pay attention to the directions given by the colleges. Most colleges require deadlines in January, some in February or March.” One of the most important facts Mrs. Gilbert shared was the urgency for students to reach out to their counselors so that they can do their part in the process.
Financial aid is also a concern for many students, which sometimes has a different deadline than the application process. Mrs. Gilbert does on to say that technically there is a “Priority Date” that usually falls in February. “This is so the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can give students the most appropriate help and receive potential scholarships that each respective applicant may qualify for.” There will also be a special event here at East High School on January 29th, 2017 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm for any students and parents who need assistance with applying for Financial Aid. There will be professionals to help out the parents and the students.
Lastly, the most important piece for applying to college is to take the SAT or ACT because most of four-year colleges require them. The next upcoming date to sit for the SAT is on January 21st, 2017 and there is also another one in March 2017 but that might be too late. Counselors are here to help but students need to take the lead if they’re serious about going to college. If students get all of the steps done in time, they will be on the road to starting a successful college career.