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We know what you're thinking: the letters of recommendation stage must be the easiest part of applying to college, right? All you've got to do is request a letter of approval from a teacherand have them send it to the school you're looking to attend and sit back while they sing your praises.
Truth be told, it's not that simple. Yes, your letters of recommendation will be the part of your application that receives the least amount of direct attention, but that hardly means you're in the clear. You'll be responsible for a lot of prep work to make sure the process runs smoothly and you get what you need out of the letters.
Most high school students will have their letters of recommendation written by teachers or counselors. They're the ones who have the most experience writing recommendations, and they'll be most aware of the attributes that colleges like to seerecommendation letters touch on. Testimonials from coaches and employers also play well with college admissions personnel, because these individuals can be advocates for qualities that don't show up in the classroom.
The number of letters schools will request varies by institution, but every school should specify how many letters they'd prefer in their application requirements. Make sure you arrange for the right amount to be sent to each school.
Once you've chosen your references, the next step is putting the project in their hands effectively.
Be appreciative of the individuals you ask to write your letters of recommendation. Write them a thank-you note or drop off a small token of appreciation at their desk. They're doing you a big favor by writing these letters, and you should let them know you value their efforts.
In this standardized testing-laden portion of your life, the ACTs operate with a mysterious stigma to their name. They're offered less often, aren't required by as many colleges, and have this bizarre scoring system that seems as inexplicable as the tests themselves. But the ACTs are actually the perfect standardized-testing sidekick to the mighty SAT beast.
It goes without saying that you can apply to fifteen schools by filling out fifteen college applications, but did you know you can also apply to the same number of schools by only filling out one application? I know; it's twisted.
While some scholarships and grants are merit-based and some grants are designed for women, there are some grants that are specifically designed to help send minorities to college. There are grants for people of various ethnicities, people who've traditionally been discriminated against or who have disabilities, bisexual, lesbian, gay and transgender individuals, and mute, blind or deaf students. These grants balance out the underrepresentation of minorities at universities.
Parents and high school students dream of the first day of college. Don't let the cost of a higher education dampen your spirits. Help may be available to you in the form of financial aid.
You might legally be able to buy shots at the local bar, but you still need your parents' information when filling out the FAFSA application. The U.S. Department of Education considers a student a dependent until the age of 24, except in certain circumstances. This is important because your dependency status can affects how your Expected Family Contribution, or EFC, is calculated on the FAFSA application.
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