Tips for managing the College application process:
Academics come first! Remember that colleges are most interested in your academic progress, including your senior year grades. Be sure that you are taking the time you need to do well in your classes.
Respect the time of those helping you. Teachers use their personal time to write recommendations, and counselors have many other students to assist. Don’t wait until the last minute to ask for a recommendation, or to ask for help. Follow up, and be sure to thank teachers and counselors for their efforts on your behalf.
Keep doing what you love. Continue involvement in activities that you are most passionate about. Avoid pressure to fill your schedule with many new extracurricular activities during senior year to “pad” your resume; the depth of your commitment is more important.
Stay organized and pay attention to deadlines! Keep a folder for every school in which you are interested. Use it for brochures, financial aid information, and applications. Keep copies of all admission and scholarship forms. It is your responsibility to submit materials on time.
• You HaveTo Pay a Fee • Money-Back Guarantee • Credit Card/Bank Account Information Required
• Phony Scholarship – promises cash if you pay a registration fee • Phony scholarship matching service – pay a fee and they guarantee you will win scholarships • Phony educational loan – pay a fee and receive a low interest rate • Phony financial aid seminar – a high pressure, poorly concealed sales pitch
Don’t pay money to get money…Too good to be true? It probably is…Spend time, not money…Legit scholarships are NEVER guaranteed… Feel suspicious? Trust your instinct…..
FAST TIP: Applying for financial aid should never cost more than a postage stamp!
BONUS TIP: An upfront fee is not needed for scholarship or loan applications!
If you think you may be dealing with a scammer: save everything you receive from them (make sure everything is dated), take notes during any phone conversations, seminars, etc. Record the date, time, phone number and the person’s name with whom you spoke. Report the suspected scammer to local law enforcement, your guidance counselor and any of the following organizations: