Step 2: Acing the College Application
Applying to college can be a tough and confusing process. It can take a lot of preparation and should be started several months in advance of the deadline. To simplify the process, most colleges and universities have moved to use the Common Application. While some maintain their own application process, doing the Common App will help you streamline the process to getting all the material in to many universities.
The Common Application
The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application that students can use to apply to any of 625 member colleges and universities in 47 states and the District of Columbia. By filling out one main application, students save time by not having to fill out each application to the colleges they apply to and keeping all of their choices in sync with their forms and supplemental materials. To find colleges that use the Common App, click here.
Resources to Assist with the Common Application:
The Uncommon Application
While many colleges and universities participate in the Common App, there are others that maintain their unique form of applying. Use these resources below to make sure you are on the right track!
Resources to Assist with College Applications:
How to Waive College Application Fees
Whether through the Common App or individual universities, most college applications have a variety of fees attached to applying beyond just the assessment exams. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to avoid these costs that could be an obstacle to applying.
If you received an SAT fee waiver, you are automatically credited with up to four college application fee waivers. These waivers can be used at all participating institutions, which includes almost every institution in Connecticut. To search these institutions, click here.
Outside of College Board, there are other organizations that provide fee waivers, such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) which also provides four application waivers in addition to the four provided by College Board. If you are eligible for College Board’s fee waiver, you are simultaneously eligible for NACAC.
If you don’t qualify under their requirements, remember that you can also reach out to the colleges they are submitting applications at to discuss fee waivers.