College Application Tips & Tricks

College is expensive. It is not easy to get into or pay for without the right amount of information needed on how to go to a school without having to give an arm and a leg.

In high school, students are expected to start looking at colleges before their freshman year begins.

It all begins with the college application, and for many students this can be very stressful.

Although these tips apply to mostly seniors, underclassmen can always be alert to these tips for the future. Here are some definite do’s and don’ts when filling out college applications.

Watching out for deadlines is the first thing to do. Certain colleges close their applications at the beginning of the school year, so that leaves little to no time to try and submit after school starts. It’s never too early to begin an application, so try and start looking into some during the summer time.

When it comes to filling out your application, know what you are going to say, and say it well.

“Many students struggle with knowing what to include, such as ‘do I use unweighted or weighed GPA, what test scores do I put’ because it all depends on what specific procedures and methods colleges have.” said school counselor, Bethany Mineart.

An incomplete and sloppy application may give them the impression that you do not care. Always take the time to fill out every part to your application, you always want to show respect to the application readers and the college admissions process.

Colleges want someone who will really benefit their campus. Tell them as much about you as you can, without getting off topic. Before submitting your college application, keep in mind of who all may be looking over the application. These are people who you have never met before, that want to get to know you through your application.

“Freshman keep good record of any and all activities, in school and outside of school. You want to start building that resume as soon as possible because once senior year comes, it will be hard to try and think back to what all was done all the way back to freshman year.” said Mineart.

Even though you are still in high school does not mean you should not start thinking about how to pay for college. Applying for financial aid is something that every high school student should know about, or be looking into before filling out any college application.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), helps determine your eligibility to receive financial aid, through scholarships, grants and loans.

“Every student should apply for financial aid, because there are some scholarships where if there are two kids in the house and both end up going to a college or university, even if their financial status in the house is not great, they could both qualify for something.” said Mineart.

Beginning of the 2017-18 school year, the FASFA opens to all students October 1st. For more information, log on to fafsa.ed.gov.

Lebanon High School is hosting a financial aid informative event, known as the College and Career Fair, September 18th, at 5:30 pm. Over 175 colleges will be represented, including out of state colleges and universities. Juniors and seniors are the main focus of the fair, although anyone is welcome to attend. For more details, feel free to stop by the LHS student services department by the main office.

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