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how do I apply for colleges I want to go to

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Raisa Anan’s Answer

Hi Aaron!

Well, it will be an easier start if you make a list of the colleges/universities that you are interested in applying. If you don't know which institutions to choose, you can take help from online websites such as the College Navigator. Here's the link: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

You should also know which subject you want to get a degree on and, accordingly, make your list.

You should then read the websites of the universities on your list. Read thoroughly, look for reviews of alumni, the advantages they provide etc.

Also, consider the financial aspect. Compare tuition fees and financial aid between your shortlisted choices.

After all the above considerations, you should look to apply. The chosen university's website most of the time provides information on how to apply.

There are many more factors to consider but the above steps are the basics and should give you an overall idea of what you must do.
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Gabriel’s Answer

Please take with a grain of salt as I work in financial aid but have a daughter...

Most college applications have a monetary component attached. So you could spend a lot of money submitting applications. Raisa's answer is brilliant...I would just stress that you should focus on your desired major and THEN look at schools based on what they have to offer. When I was in high school back in 19mumblemumble...six was the recommended maximum number of schools. If you are a senior in high school right now, PLEASE make sure you fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) studentaid.gov, or type fafsa.gov and it will re-direct. The application opens October 1, 2022. This will be the basis that almost all schools will use in determine what financial aid you will be offered.

Also...if I may be so bold...you did not specify a major/degree. Not counting trade schools and a few very-specific desired jobs...I am a firm believer that you don't go to college to learn a skill...you are there to learn how to learn. PLEASE just don't make the mistake I did and take a "semester off". I did that because I didn't know "what I wanted to do". That semester off lasted almost ten years. Most of my friends are not working in the filed they majored in...with the exception of medical. (MBA in accounting not going to be much help there.) While I was making good money in retail, when things turned sour and middle-management got laid off...I had nothing to my name but experience. I got lucky landing a job because the woman who hired me had a hunch. Those letters in the degree mean quite a lot. Especially when you are unexpectedly trying to find a job...and when you look at "requirements"...you lack those letters. Just...finish what you start and don't give up.

You got this!
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Aaron, thank you for your question. You have one of two options; the first option is to apply online by going to the website and following the instructions you can enroll that way. Just make sure to write down the information for the student advisor. The second option is to go to the school in person and meet with the student advisor and he/she will take you to the admissions office. This will give you an opportunity to see were you'll be spending the next few years. Best of luck
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Prajwal’s Answer

Go to college website ans desired Course section.You should see the option to apply
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