I Applied (or plan to) - What happens now?
MY FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
If you need help paying for college, you should complete the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the
FAFSA. The FAFSA opened on Oct. 1, and filing it is the first step
in getting grants, work study, loans or scholarships. Once you
file, the U.S. Department of Education will send a Student
Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes your eligibility
information to the colleges specified on your FAFSA. From there,
the colleges and universities will determine how much aid they can
- File your FAFSA if you have not done so. Make sure you
understand the aid deadlines.
- Attend College Goal Sunday Nov 12 to
receive assistance with your FAFSA.
- Make necessary corrections to your FAFSA.
- Add additional schools if needed.
your SAR. You will receive instructions via email on how to
view an online copy, usually within a couple of weeks of filing
your FAFSA. You can also look it up using your FSA ID.
- Contact the financial aid office at your college to confirm
they received your FAFSA.
CONTINUE APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships help bridge the gap, and you can find one for just
about anything (duct tape creations, zombie costumes - you name
it!). The key is identifying opportunities that match your
interests and qualifications and sticking to the submission
With more than three million opportunties, our Scholarship Finder database can help you score
some extra cash for school. Follow these simple steps:
- Build your personal profile.
- Find scholarships that match your skills, interests and
- Save and apply to the scholarships you selected.
- Sign up for newly listed scholarship e-mail alerts.
MY FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE APPLICATION(S)
Over the next several months, colleges will notify you of your
admission status. Some will give you a decision soon after
receiving your application; others may take longer. You may have to
wait several months before you receive the decision in the mail, so
After you've applied...
- Continue to apply to colleges you wish to attend.
- Check in with the admissions offfice to make sure your
application is complete.
- As you receive positive admissions decisions from each college
- Review and compare the college's cost to the financial
aid award letter they sent you.
- Use the SLOPE Calculator to compare monthly loan
payments to expected career salary.
- Decide which school you will attend.
- Be sure to read the information your college sends and mark
your calendar with important dates. You don't want to miss the
MY TWO-YEAR OR OCCUPATIONAL/TECHNICAL SCHOOL APPLICATION
Most community colleges, two-year and occupational/technical
schools have open admissions. If you are a high school graduate,
typically you will automatically be admitted into these
- What careers are you interested in? What skills do you hope to
gain? Knowing that will help you pick the best college and program.
- Do you intend to continue your education at a four-year
college? Make sure the credits you receive from your school program
will transfer to (the credits will be accepted at)
the four-year school of your choice.
- Some colleges will give you credit for prior learning from earlier work
- You may have to take a basic skills assessment, such as the ACCUPLACER, to help you and the college
determine the best classes to take.
- Before you decide, make sure you understand the costs of the program and the value of the certificate or degree you will
MY MILITARY APPLICATION
The U.S. Armed Forces provide educational opportunities for high
school graduates, aged 18 to 35, with varying durations of active
duty commitments. The job skills training offered in the military
are not as readily available elsewhere, and often translate well to
civilian jobs. Sometimes this training is even recognized for
college credit. To officially join the military, you will have to:
- Decide when and for which branch you wish to serve.
- Take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
- Get a physical exam.
- Determine/verify your career choice and sign the enlistment
- Take an enlistment oath.
- Consider officer training or a four-year college degree to become an officer.
YOU'VE WORKED HARD
Remember to take some time and celebrate your accomplishments.
Applying to college or the military is a lot of work, but it's one
of the best investments you can make in your future. Stay on top of
your scholarship applications, decision deadlines and FAFSA filings
to ensure you make the most of your opportunities!