It (F)all Comes Down to This!
College Essay Clean Up
11 tips for a polished and well-edited essay.
Each school has their own specific application deadline calendar and there are several options for when your mentee can apply, with varying benefits in each category:
Regular Decision (RD) - due early January
Early Action (EA) - can be deferred to RD, due early November
Early Decision (ED) - binding contract, also due early November
Rolling Admissions (RA) - due between Fall and Spring, generally a priority deadline in November
Reach for the Scores
Should they take the SAT or ACT one last time? If your mentee is within 30 points of their goal (for a scholarship or admissions requirement, or personal best!), we say go for it! Universities will handle SAT/ACT test scores differently, each depending upon its own policies. Some schools will average scores while others will only look at your highest overall score. Many schools will take your highest score on each of the three sections and combine the three scores to make one “super score.”
College Application Completion
10 Tips to finish the process strong.
Complete Financial Aid Forms
Every student completes a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with up to ten colleges to receive that information. Once submitted to the Dept. of Education your mentee will know how much they are eligible for in the Federal Financial Aid programs: Pell Gran, Work-Study, and Student Loans. The schools use this information to package a financial aid offer for your student.
Letter of Recommendation
Of course you should write your mentee a reference letter! Hopefully you have plenty of praises to sing, but a little guidance is always helpful, so here you go:
Your student should also request a letter from the teacher(s) that challenged them; from the classes with progress that gives them the most pride.
THE ASK: “WILL YOU WRITE ME A STRONG RECOMMENDATION LETTER FOR COLLEGE?”