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The College Application Process
Transcript of The College Application Process
Standardized Test Scores
Colleges that require standardized test scores will need them to be sent directly from College Board or ACT for the scores to be considered "official".
Applying: The Applications
The Common Application: One application for over 700 colleges
Where do I begin?
To use the Common Application
- Log on to http://www.commonapp.org to create a profile
For a school based application (non-common application) go to the college website and look under "Undergraduate Admissions" for the freshman application
Matching the Common Application to Naviance
Requesting a Transcript
Google Classroom and Naviance
In order to send transcripts and letters of recommendation electronically, students must virtually connect their application to their Naviance account.
School Applications: If a college does not use the Common Application, students will need to apply through the college website.
Technical or Trade School
Options for the Future
Provide community college students who complete an associates degree and enroll in linked MassTransfer Programs with full transfer of credit, guaranteed admission and a tuituion discount (based on final G.P.A)
Not sure if you would be eligible? Take the quiz at their website: www.mass.edu/masstransfer/home
Early Action Applicants
Receive an admission decision early in the admission process
Consider acceptance offer but DO NOT have to commit upon receipt
Apply to other colleges early action and regular decision
Deadlines are usually November 1, November 15, December 1 or December 15.
Each college has their own unique deadlines for their applications
Early Decision Applicants
Apply early (usually November) to first choice colleges
Receive an admission decision from the college well in advance of notification date (usually December)
Agree to attend college if offered a financial aid package that is considered adequate by family
Apply to only one college early decision
Apply to others regular decision
Withdraw all other applications if accepted by early decision
Who applies Early Decision or Early Action?
has researched colleges extensively
has found colleges that are a good match academically, socially and geographically
meets or exceeds the academic profile
DON'T Apply Early :
Because you feel pressure to
Because your friends are
Need a strong senior semester to pull up your overall grade profile
Receive an admission decision by April 1
Invited to submit your application at anytime
The application is confusing..
How do I figure out what to do?
Before you send your scores, talk to your counselor about SAT Optional Schools. To see if your college is SAT optional, go to http://www.fairtest.org
How do I send SAT scores to colleges?
How do I send ACT scores to colleges?
Ask two teachers, IN PERSON, for a letter of recommendation
Put in a teacher recommendation request online through Naviance
Download the Senior Information Sheet from the Task Manager in Naviance and complete it
Upload the Senior Information Sheet to your Naviance account and/or give your counselor AND your teacher a copy
Sending Teachers an Electronic Request in Naviance
How to Download and Upload Your Senior Information Sheet
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Colleges review the highest combination of scores.
: Check out the following websites:
Information will be distributed in February 2019
required by some colleges. If required, this MUST be completed in order to receive financial aid. To see if your college requires it, go to www.collegeboard.org/cssprofile
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Online application is available October 1, 2018 at http://www.fafsa.gov
Is required by all colleges in order to receive federal financial aid
To sign FAFSA, students and parents will need a FSA ID. This is required for online submissions.
To create your FSA ID, go to www.fsaid.ed.gov
Scholly: National Scholarship Search Engine
NEBHE's Tuition Break program, The New England Regional Student Program (RSP), enables thousands of New England Residents to enroll at out-of-state New England public colleges and universities at a dsicount.
Students are eligible for tuition break when they enroll in an approved major that is not offered by the public college or university in their home state
For more information, go to www.nebh.org/tuitionbreak
Financial Aid Night
Hosted By College Funding Services
Tuesday October 2, 2018
Adding Colleges to
" Colleges I am Applying to"
****You cannot request a letter of recommendation in Naviance without adding colleges to "College I am Applying to"
In order to add colleges to "Colleges I am Applying to" you will need to make an appointment with your guidance counselor AND/OR email them with your list of schools.
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