Year in Review: Best College Admission Advice of 2014
With 2014 coming to a close, we’re taking a look back to bring you some of My College Guide’s best advice from 2014. From college scholarships and financial aid tips to demonstrating interest and earning college credit while you’re still in high school, check out these top six bits of college advice.
1. Earn college credit now to save money and time in college.
Even in high school you can start earning college credit. This can save you time and tuition expenses. Learn more about ways you can earn college credit in high school.
2. Changes are coming to the ACT and SAT.
Both the ACT and SAT announced changes to their tests. If you’re graduating in 2014 or 2015, SAT changes won’t affect you, but if you’re graduating in 2016 or later, you’ll be taking the new test. Learn more about changes to the ACT and SAT.
3. You need to demonstrate your interest in a college.
It’s becoming increasingly important for students to show your interest in a school during the admission process. Five ways to demonstrate your interest include: requesting information, visiting the campus, asking questions, connecting via social media and visiting campus a second time after you apply.
4. Submit FAFSA early in your senior year.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important form for you to file in order to receive financial aid. It’s available January 1 each year, and you need to file it each year beginning when you’re a high school senior.
Nick Mulvey, dean of admissions at Carthage College (WI), advises: “Many states and schools have made their [FAFSA] deadlines earlier as funding for financial aid programs has decreased. This makes it important to file the FAFSA early.”
5. Local scholarships can help you afford college.
When you’re looking for college scholarships, don’t forget to check out local scholarships in your community, in addition to scholarships listed on big scholarship search websites. Get tips on ways to find local scholarships.
6. Be prepared to pay fees after you’re accepted to college.
Once you’re accepted to a college during your senior year of high school, you’ll likely need to pay several fees such as a deposit/enrollment fee to hold your spot, a housing deposit to get first dibs on a residence hall room and a new student orientation fee. The fees may add up, so start saving now.