Seniors... You're Not Done Yet
Just because you hit "Submit" and got your college applications in before the deadline does not mean your work is over. Be sure to contact the admissions office at each of your colleges to make sure your applications are complete (did they receive your test scores, recommendation letters, transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, etc.?)
College Fly-In and Diversity Programs
Many colleges offer free fly-in programs and diversity programming to students accepted to their programs! This means you can check out a school before you make a final decision. You need to contact your colleges and ask about this opportunity!
Now is the time to start searching your colleges' websites for scholarships. Your chances of winning a school specific scholarships are often higher than many national scholarships since only students at that school can apply. These scholarships may require additional applications and essays. Check the college’s website for deadlines. You can also search and apply for other scholarships in your College Greenlight account.
Award letters lack uniformity and can be confusing. Scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back, but loans do. Federal Work Study is money that you will be able to "earn" while in college if you get a work-study job. To find out how much a college will cost, subtract your scholarships and grants (gift aid) from the total cost of attendance. This will give you the bottom line cost at each college and then you can compare packages more clearly.