Here in October many high school students are focusing on college applications and admissions procedures as some universities may require students to have an application in for early admission or to be considered for certain types of scholarships as early as November, which may not leave a lot of time for some students who are looking at specific universities. Obviously, it’s understandable that some students may have hesitation when it comes to what school they wish to attend, and as a result many often will send out multiple college applications in hopes of getting into a variety of schools that, when weighed one against another may help students decide where they wish to attend.
However, many financial aid and college application professionals often point out that the different aspects of college admission will require students to have a well organized plan of attack as, once again, some students may be able to apply later and still be accepted into a specific university but this does not mean that it will be as beneficial in terms of additional perks that may come with applying early. In fact, the area of financial assistance is one where a student may suffer if they do not apply in a timely manner as certain types of institutional scholarships or financial aid opportunities will not allow for students to qualify late in the admissions process as funds may be limited.
Understandably, students can get information from the specific university they plan to attend that will give them a more concrete timeframe but as we get nearer to November many students will have to make sure they have certain aspects of their application in order such as information from FAFSA regarding potential qualifications that may lead to financial aid, or SAT scores that will be required for admission as well. Some students may take the SAT multiple times in the hopes of getting a more positive score, but there are also arguments that focusing on this one specific area is not going to necessarily improve the chance for admission.
Yet, college admissions applications are also one area where students must think closely about whether they do want to apply for early decision admission into a specific school, as many admissions counselors often see students make this mistake as looking at multiple universities can potentially offer more options for financial aid, which in the current economy where we are seeing a great deal of student loan debt will be more helpful when it comes to paying for college.
Again, the latter part of 2011 will likely require high school students to focus on various aspects of their future education, but when it comes to making the most of one’s application process, speaking with financial aid counselors at various universities, simply applying to multiple colleges and universities, and reviewing what these schools can offer in light of a student’s future needs are all factors that many seniors are having to research here in October as they begin the process of seeking admittance into college.