- Sign up for the SAT/ACT if you aren’t satisfied with your scores at www.collegeboard.org or www.actstudent.org
- Make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements
- Visit potential colleges
- Visit with college admission representatives who come to Fraser High School
- Ask for personal references at least two weeks before deadlines
- Attend college fairs
- Apply to colleges you are interested in attending
- Follow the instructions and proofread
- Write an outstanding essay
- Ask people who know you and can support you in a recommendation
- Prepare a neat and legible reference form
- Keep a copy of all your application materials
- Request transcripts through www.parchment.com - link is below
- Search for potential scholarships via the internet, school websites, and announcements
- Check your school’s website for local scholarships
- Search for scholarships via the internet
- Ask employers, clubs, associations, or other local groups if they offer scholarships
- Talk to the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend
- Complete the US Department of Education Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1
- File only one FAFSA regardless of how many colleges you are considering. The FAFSA includes a section to list the colleges where you want your information sent.
- The FAFSA is available at www.studentaid.gov
- Work-study programs are funded by the federal government. They provide jobs for college students with financial needs.
- After you file the FAFSA, you will get an email with a secure link to access your FAFSA results, the Student Aid Report (SAR). Within a few weeks after submission, you will receive a paper SAR. This confirms the information you sent and tells you how much your family will need to contribute to your education, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This is used to determine the amount of federal aid you will qualify for.
- Contact the financial aid administrator at the schools you’re interested in attending. The schools will each follow up with a letter telling you how much aid that their school will offer you.
- Visit colleges that have invited you to enroll
- Decide which college to attend and notify the school of your decision
- Keep track of and observe deadlines for sending in all required fees and paperwork
- Notify schools you will not attend of your decision
- Continue to search for scholarships