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Tips for Applying to College

By Guest Author On July 31, 2011 Under Setting Goals, Success Secrets

By now you know how quickly a school year flies by. That’s why you should start the college application process early in your senior year of high school . In addition, it makes sense to have your financial aid application complete before Christmas . This way, you can take a breather after all of your hard work and enjoy your holiday. Start the application process by meeting with your counselor .  Here are a few other tips to help you get off to a good start.

Be sure you apply to several  colleges.  In fact, a good rule of thumb is six.   That way you’ll have good choices even if you’re not admtted to your number one or two choices .   Also, applying to several colleges gives you a better chance of receiving a good financial aid package  . You’ll want to have more than one or two packages to compare before you make your final decision.

Getting those acceptance letters (or emails) is~ Receiving offers of admission is }  a great feeling , but it’s a good idea to postpone your final college choice until all the colleges to which you have been admitted make scholarship and financial aid offers .

Of course, students applying for early admission are an exception. These students have a binding commitment and there’s no room to change their minds.  One final word of advice before you get started is this−don’t worry if you don’t know what you’ll major in.   Most students switch majors at least once before they graduate anyway, so don’t a quick decision is not necessary . Focus on showing the kind of person you are during the application process.

You’ll need to keep your high school G.P.A. up along the way, too.  If you work with your counselor, begin applying early, and meet all deadlines, you can have a smooth ride along the road to  ï»¿a college degree.

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