Home > Resources > College Prep > Applying

Applying

Seniors applying to college must narrow down schools, fill out lengthy applications, and file 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

Applying For College

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions 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, check out our tips on filling out college applications.

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, you may 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 required to be 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 financial bracket your family falls into and thus how much aide the government is willing to extend to you. 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Take Me Out to the... Rodeo?

January 27, 2023

by Kevin Ladd

That’s right, if you live in one of 68 Texas counties and are graduating high school this year, you qualify for a $20,000 scholarship over four years of college. You still have time to complete the profile and upload the necessary documents online. Make sure your FAFSA has been completed and review all the other eligibility requirements as well. You could be one of the 79 students awarded this scholarship and take a huge chunk out of your tuition each of the next four years at any accredited, not-for-profit Texas college or university. [...]

Fidelity Investments Will Commit $250 Million to Education

January 18, 2023

by Kevin Ladd

The new Invest in My Education program has been created to help provide access to education as well as ongoing support to the underserved Black and Latino community. [...]

Top 5 Scholarships Worth $10K to $40K in January

January 12, 2023

by Kevin Ladd

It’s nearly mid-January already and by now you all should have completed the FAFSA and, if you are on top of things, be applying to scholarships on a daily or at least semi-weekly basis. Even if you haven’t started the scholarship application process yet, you still have a ton of opportunities ahead of you. We are in the heart of scholarship season, with the most scholarships coming online in January of any month in 2023. Below, we put together a list of five great examples of very significant scholarships ranging from ten grand all the way up to $40,000. [...]

Last Reviewed: January 2023