Sunday, January 23, 2011

College Admissions

College Admissions Tips

When it comes to applying to college, you need to do some research and narrow your school choice down. Which school has the programs you are looking for? This is your main criteria. You need to attend a school that will get you your major and career goal. Try and find about 6 schools that fit your needs. Use your time wisely and only apply to them.

Half of the list of colleges should schools that you have a reasonable chance, near 100%, of getting admitted. The rest should be ones that you have a good chance, maybe one where you would love to go, but may not get in.

Many students make the mistake of sending out dozens of applications. This is a waste of time, and since college is expensive, this added cost can mount quickly. That's why you want to pick a handful wisely. The best place to always look for help in this process is your high school counselor.

Factors to consider when choosing a college.

Do they offer your major? Do you have a reasonable assurance of getting admitted? Do you like small schools or large schools? Where is the college located? Climate? Is the student body diverse? Is it a public school or private? What is campus life like, are there a wide range of activities? What are the student housing options? College tours are popular, but again, you may be able to just research them online. If you go on a college tour, only pick a couple that are on your list. You will not need to visit them all.

Financial aid and cost.

Perhaps the biggest factor in choosing a college is cost and available financial aid. Many schools can get you the money you need and make up the difference you lack. Some schools won't. Some schools have more money to give away. Get admitted to a couple of schools, then compare financial aid package offers. Ask for more. You can always tell one school that another one is offering more, and see if they can renegotiate a better package. The financial aid office should be your main stop.

When to apply for college.
Between your junior and senior years in high school is when you should really start planning. Your choices should be narrows down when you start your senior year. Spend the summer getting everything you need, papers, resume, applications, etc. You high school counselor will have ways of making this easier, and probably have a checklist. Be sure and get loads of letters of letters of recommendation. Make sure your SAT scores are sent to all colleges you choose.

Around November is when you should start applying. January is when the fun really begins. Your first semester grades are in and should be sent. Many colleges require this. By February you should have everything done and done. That is, everything and anything the colleges you are applying to require. Again, your high school counselor can advise you.

The colleges will probably decide in March and April. Be sure and read all material from the college carefully. They may require an early commitment, or other material sent in. May 1st is the deadline of many colleges. Check out their financial packages and compare them. You may get on a waiting list. If this happens, you cannot delay much while on this list. If you do, you may miss out on another shcool and be left in the cold. It is courtesy to let a college know if you wish to remain on the waiting list. Remember that those admitted later will probably have a lower financial aid package.

Hopefully, you have been accepted to at least two colleges of your choice. The smart student picks one of those, and early!

Don't forget that final grade transcript when you graduate high school.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Working adults going to graduate school

Going to a full time graduate program can be tough on a working adult. Especially if the school requires almost exclusively that the student devote all their working time to school. If you are planning on going to graduate school, and work, you may look into the school. Do they forbid you working? They may have this rule if they are giving you some sort of a stipend or financial aid. The best position for doing graduate work is to not be working outside of school. Sometimes they do have some intern or externships that give you a salary. This may not be enough to live on.

If you choose to work, you always have the option of not telling anyone that you are working. But you may be breaking some rules, so check that first. Don't tell any fellow students or any of the instructors that you are working outside of class. But you have to be in school and participate in the required classes and activities 100% of the time. If you are being a stellar student, nobody will question your outside activities. Your job has to be one that is not very demanding, and has many options for work hours. You have got to have time in between classes and work. Do not expect to be a successful student if you are jumping from one to the other. You need to be a well-organized and motivated student.

Never let your job interfere with your studies. This is the biggest concern regarding working and graduate school. Your employer may require you to be there for a special meeting or event, at the exact time of a class activity. Any school projects must be taken care of without delay from working. Looking into other terms of financial aid, like loans may be a better option than working. College debt that leads to a better paying career is worth it.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Adult students returning to college

The economy has sent many people to the unemployment line. Many jobs that did not require a college degree, and were high paying, are now being eliminated. Adults having the option of returning to college may be in better shape. The good news is that adults can qualify for financial aid.

Because returning adults are most likely over the age of 24, they are independent students. The benefit is that you will not have to include your parent's income and assets when applying for financial aid. Your financial situation may entitle you to more financial aid.

If you are working on a bachelor's degree, you may qualify for Pell Grants. This is money you do not have to pay back. If you are working on a post graduate degree, you do not get grants unless you are going to be a teacher.

If you still work for a company in some capacity, check to see if they offer any scholarships or reimbursements for employees going to college. If your spouse works, check out their employer as well.

Check out what job possibilities you are looking at, and what college degrees may get you there. This way you can find out what financial aid and scholarships are available specifically for your program. Some programs, like teaching, have more money available.

Going back to school is not a bad option. It can increase your skills and delay job hunting.

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