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You’ve found your top schools—and now it’s time to apply. The college application process can feel overwhelming at first. But don’t worry. We’ve got the information and resources to guide you through.
A successful application starts with reading the instructions.
Go to each school’s website. Click on “prospective students” or “admissions” to find application instructions. Read them carefully. Then, make a list of everything required as part of the application—and the deadline for each.
Colleges may ask for:
To stay organized, download our college admissions checklist (PDF).
Or, for more in-depth guidance, download our college admissions toolkit (PDF).
The college application form includes information about you—including financial, academic, extracurricular, and employment information. Each college will likely give you 3 options for submitting this information:
Schools may charge anywhere between $10 and $100 to process application forms, though some schools will not charge a fee if you apply online.
You may be able to avoid paying these fees. Simply print out the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) fee waiver form (found on the NACAC website) and submit it along with your application.
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