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Seniors applying to college must narrow down schools, fill out lengthy applications, and file for financial aid. With research, organization, and preparation, the application process will be less overwhelming. Browse through our site for advice on the application process.

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Applying For College

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions high schoolers make. Therefore choosing the right college requires thorough research. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices based on criteria such as cost, location and fields of study, check out our tips on filling out college applications.

Applying For Scholarships

Apply early and often to maximize the amount of money you will receive through college scholarships to reduce student loan debt. If you do not apply for scholarships now, you may have to take out more student loans. Do not overlook generous scholarships offered by private organizations. Conduct a free scholarship search to find out what awards you qualify for. If you feel overwhelmed, browse through our site for tips on successfully finding and applying for various scholarships unique to you.

Applying For Grants

Grants are an ideal source of funding, because they are not required to be repaid. To find out which federal grants you qualify for, fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA. The FAFSA will estimate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which determines what financial bracket your family falls into and thus how much aide the government is willing to extend to you. Students who display the most financial need, or are seeking careers in high-demand fields are eligible for the most federal funding. Grants are specific, so understanding what you qualify for will save you time and maximize your chances of getting grants.

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Last Reviewed: February 2022