Applications and Admission
Those admission application fees are pretty high, and my family can’t afford me applying to more than one school. Is there a way to get some of them waived?
Yes. Not all schools will do this, but it should be a possibility at many. Call the Admissions Office at your schools, and explain that you are interested in their school, but the application fee is preventing you from applying. Ask if there is some way to get the fee waived. Know that they’ll need some form of verification or a letter from somebody like your high school counselor who can verify your situation.
I’M STILL UNDECIDED BETWEEN TWO OR THREE COLLEGES AND I JUST RECEIVED A SCHOLARSHIP OFFER FROM ONE OF THEM? IS IT WRONG TO ACCEPT THE SCHOLARSHIP IF I’M NOT CERTAIN I’M GOING TO SCHOOL THERE?
No, it’s not! It may not serve that institution very well if you end up going to school somewhere else, but that’s not your concern. Until and unless you decide NOT to go to a particular school, you should accept any financial offer they make you. I don’t mean to suggest you be dishonest at all, and you are very unlikely to receive offers of federal financial aid from more than one school – either way, DON’T accept more than one of those! But you did the hard work to earn the scholarships, right? And you want the money if you go to that school, right? Then let the college worry about finding somebody else to use the scholarship at the last minute, if you cancel out on them. It’s not like there aren’t dozens of people who would gladly accept the money at the last minute, if offered… But you MUST notify the college(s) you don’t choose, AS SOON AS you make a decision – REALLY, as soon as you make a decision! Otherwise you’re not being honest.
It IS okay for my Mom to fill out my college applications, isn’t it?
No! Not even if she tells you it is. The only exception I’ll accept is if you’ve written out all the answers to the questions, and all she is doing is typing them in. You’re becoming a big person now, and it’s your responsibility.
Whose responsibility is it to fill out the FAFSA? I thought it was my parents’, but they keep telling me to fill out “my part”…
It’s your responsibility to get it done and turned in as soon after January 1st as possible. There are parts you should fill out (name, date of birth, social security number, etc.), and parts your parents will, most likely, have to fill out. Your job is to help your parents and make their job as easy as possible. Make sure they know when you plan to have it ready for them, and make sure they know when you hope/plan to submit it. Let them know that they don’t HAVE to have filed their taxes, they just need to have them done and ready to be filed (it IS possible to turn in your FAFSA based on an estimate, but it could cause a delay in your financial aid award letter). Find out when and where a financial aid workshop will be held and plan to attend it together. Bring your parents cold soft drinks while they’re working on your FAFSA, and thank them when they’re done.
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