If I am asked to apply for financial aid, did I get accepted to the college?
<span style="background-color: transparent;">Collegeboard.org is a great resource for this! I poured through the pages of universities all over the U.S. when I was a senior in high school. Collegeboard was my go-to site! They put all of the information in one place and it is very easy to use. They even have various filters you can apply to see only colleges that have programs you are interested. To determine academic rigor, look at the admissions requirements, G.P.A. of past admitted applicants, SAT/ACT scores, class rank etc. This will give you an idea of what scores and grades you need to be accepted. However, don't be discouraged your application will be reviewed based on the full picture! College-board will help you get an idea of what is most important to the specific school you are applying to.</span>
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- <span style="background-color: transparent;">Chat with your Guidance Counselor</span>
- <span style="background-color: transparent;">Create a Collegeboard.org account</span>
- <span style="background-color: transparent;">Start using CollegeBoard as a resource to look up schools.</span>
Most colleges ask you to apply for financial aid as part of their application process. When you receive your acceptance, you may be offered a scholarship based on need / merit. A full financial aid package will come later. Good Luck!
Linda recommends the following next steps:
- Apply for financial aid / scholarships for every college you apply to.
I worked in post secondary education for almost 10 years. I worked in the financial aid office assisting students with applying for financial aid. Being asked to apply for financial aid does not mean you got accepted into the college. Schools use tactic to determine many factors, one being how much is going to be paid by whom, or what. For example, if you are receiving financial aid, and scholarships, they want to know what will be left over if any. If and when you are accepted to the school, be sure to get a statement in writing on how and what you are going to be required to pay by financial aid, scholarships, or even out of pocket.