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Applying

Seniors applying to college, must narrow down schools, apply to college, and apply for financial aid. With research, organization, and preparation, the application process will be less overwhelming. Browse through our site for advice on the application process. Avoid stress by staying organized and meeting deadlines. Meeting deadlines is the most important part of applying to college, and applying for financial aid.

Applying For College

Choosing a college is the most important decision high schoolers make. Therefore choosing the right college requires thorough research. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices based on criteria such as cost, location, and fields of study start filling out college applications. Below are some tips on how to make this application process less stressful.

Applying For Scholarships

Apply early and often to maximize the amount of money you will receive through college scholarships to reduce student loan debt. If you do not apply for scholarships now, have to take out more student loans. Do not overlook generous scholarships offered by private organizations. Conduct a free scholarship search to find out what awards you qualify for. If you feel overwhelmed, browse through our site for tips on successfully finding and applying for various scholarships unique to you.

Applying For Grants

Grants are an ideal source of funding, because they are not repaid. To find out which federal grants you qualify for, fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA. The FAFSA will estimate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which determines what the government expects you to pay. Students who display the most financial need, or are seeking careers in high-demand fields are eligible for the most federal funding. Grants are specific, so understanding what you qualify for will save you time and maximize your chances of getting grants.

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Last Reviewed: January 2019