College is a major part of your financial life. It affects you and your family, and smart decisions here can pay big dividends to the quality of life for those your care about. It's important to know that there are different steps to take for different stages of your student's experience. For example, Juniors in high school have different priorities than high school Seniors. First Entertainment wants to always be a valuable resource to you and your financial life, so we try to keep you up-to-date with resources that you can use to be successful.
How to complete the FAFSA
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the place for every family to start their understanding of the true cost of the college of their choice.
The FAFSA collects demographic and financial information from you and your parents to determine an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This figure determines your eligibility for:
The EFC is determined according to formulas set yearly by U.S. Congress. There are numerous financial aid resources to help in your search. We encourage you to check with your high school counselor.
The Common Application
The Common Application is used by more than 450 colleges and universities – fill it out once and submit it to the colleges of your choice (if they accept it). Spend less time filling out forms and more time working on your essays!
The Common Application was developed in 1975 as a way to cut down on the number of separate applications and essays a student applying to numerous colleges and universities would have to complete.
Apply to "Choice" CollegesBefore you start applying to schools, find out the application deadline and fees for each school you are considering.
The application process at each school is unique. You'll find different requirements, prerequisites, and levels of selectivity. Some things remain consistent though, and we have advice to help you through the application process.
It takes time to get ACT scores tabulated and sent, and it takes time for school counselors and others providing references to gather information.
Follow the Instructions and Proofread
The application form is often an admission committee's first contact with a prospective student. Make a good impression with a neat application free of spelling and grammatical errors.
Work with Your High School to Send Transcripts & Test Scores
Go to your school guidance office for help getting all necessary transcripts, records, test scores, and applications sent to prospective schools. If you decide to apply to schools that have not already received your ACT scores, you can ask ACT to send your scores to that college.
Make the Most of Personal References
Write an Outstanding Essay
Most college applications require an essay, so spend time crafting a good one. A great essay probably won't get you into college if you don't meet the other academic requirements. But if a student is a "possible admit"— one of the "maybes" the college may admit—it can move him or her higher up on the list.
Be Ready to Interview, Audition, or Submit a Portfolio
Some colleges also require a personal interview or examples of work in special areas such as art or music.
Keep a Copy of All of Your Application Materials
In case you need to refer to something that you might have included in an application to your choice school.
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