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5 Things You Need To Know When Applying To College

Ben Dye, Staff Writer

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Senior year approaches many students quicker than they could ever imagine; this leads to confusion, and a lack of preparation for college. In reality however, applying for college is fairly easy if you follow these 5 simple steps.

1. Take the ACT/SAT ASAP!

Take either test as soon as you can, and if you don’t receive your ideal score, then you can always take it again- your highest score is the only one that counts. Many students wait until the last minute to take their test, and this ultimately does not turn out well and prevents them from getting their desired score. The sooner the test is taken, the better.

2. Apply for scholarships

Students never seem to realize how easy it is to apply for scholarships. Thousands of dollars are rewarded for mere short paragraphs. This is most likely the easiest money you will ever be able to make in your life, so make sure to take advantage of it.

3. Make a portfolio

Although this is not required for all colleges, it goes hand in hand with scholarships. Sending a college your portfolio shows that you care and displays your experience in your field of choice. Making a quick website on Wix would be a simple, easy way to create your portfolio.

4. File for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Many people believe that FAFSA is only for lower income families, however it has benefits for families of all incomes. Wealthy families filing for FAFSA can still receive scholarships and grants. Filing for FAFSA is a quick way to have a chance at receiving large amounts of money.

5. Visit the Campus

Ensure that you are pleased with the location of your future campus. You will most likely be living here for the next 4 years, so scheduling a tour of the school, as well as going around the actual town, is extremely important.

 

Before you dedicate yourself to a school, follow these 5 simple steps, in order to ensure the best college experience. It’s the next 4 years of your life, so make sure you live it right.

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