Once you’ve narrowed down your list to the college or colleges that you are going to apply to, you need to begin gathering the information that they will require. Applying for college is easy if you fill out your forms correctly, turn them in on time, and provide them with the necessary documentation.
When you apply for college, you’ll need to send several items with your application, including:
•High School Transcript and/or College Transcript: You will most likely need an official copy of your transcript. This will come in a sealed envelope that you should not open! If you want one for your own records, request an extra copy. You will need an official transcript for each application that you send. Your counselor will send these documents to your prospective colleges.
•Application Fee: These fees are required to be sent with your application. They range from $20 to $75 and are non-refundable. If you can’t afford the fee, you may be able to request a fee waiver.
•College Admissions Test Scores: Your PSAT, ACT, and SAT scores are generally provided with your transcript. You may also need to send separate copies of your scores with your application if you have them. Your counselor should have your scores on file if you need copies.
•AP Exam Scores: You also need to have your AP exam scores. These will be sent directly to you after you have taken the exam. Never throw these scores away as you may need them later in life! You should also keep the booklet that you received when the testing took place. There is an identification number on the booklet that you may need should you lose your test scores.
•Letters of Recommendation: Some colleges and universities may require letters of recommendation. Many scholarship applications require these as well. Recommendations can come from coaches, teachers, mentors, church leaders, employers and other people you’ve worked with in your community. They cannot come from relatives.
•Application Essay: Many scholarship applications and selective colleges require that you write and send an application essay.
•Interview: If you are attending a college that is very selective in their admissions process, you may be required to schedule an interview with the school.
I hope you find this information helpful. Will be sharing Tip 7 tomorrow. ☺
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