Answers to Your College Questions
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Soon, if not already, many of you will receive admissions decisions, either online or by mail. If you were early to the rolling admissions game and have an acceptance letter in hand, congratulations! You’re going to college! Early decision and early action notification letters will be released shortly as well.
Once your celebrations are over, responses may be required of any of you who’ve received early decision, early action, or rolling admissions outcomes. Depending on the route you took in your applications, your next steps may vary. Here are a few things you may need to do:
Every college has its own array of forms and requests that it wants from you, and each has its own particular due dates. Because an admissions application is not complete until the college receives every piece of required information, you need a system for keeping track of what is required, when it is due, what you’ve sent, and most importantly, when it is received. Organizing your college applications from the very beginning can determine whether the college admissions process goes smoothly or becomes a chaotic mess. And as such, it can affect your admissions chances.
To make sure that you keep your applications on track, be sure to start with these three steps:
1. “How much can my family and I afford to pay for college each year?”
Unfortunately, many young people go about their college search as if financial aspects are a nonissue. These students are often disappointed in the end, when they learn that their number-one college choice is unaffordable. Determining the amount you and your family can afford before beginning your applications will prevent this and allow you to find a school within your budget.
2. “How can I use net price calculators to estimate the amount each college will cost me?”
Every college in the country has a net price calculator on its website. A college’s net price calculator helps you to estimate the amount you will have to pay, or your net price, at that school. Net price is defined as the sticker price minus any grants and/or scholarships provided. It is important to understand your net price because this price is what your family will actually have to pay. If it matches what you have determined you can afford, that school is a financial fit.
Now that you’re back in school, it’s time to get organized. This is the time to sit down and make yourself a college application to-do list. Think of all the things you need to accomplish, how much time you have, and set priorities. Use a calendar, whether on your phone, computer, or an old style paper agenda, to keep track of all your deadlines. Remember you have your school work and extracurricular commitments to fit into your schedule as well.
At this time you should focus on the following steps of the college application process to organize your calendar:
With the release of the 2013–2014 online Common Application last week, now is a good time for high school seniors to start thinking about their timeline for college applications.
Applying early can have a major impact on your college admissions results. So before you decide to do so, you need to understand the different programs, as well as the implications of choosing to participate in one or more of them.