November is college application month.  It is the busiest time of the year for college admission counselors and seniors ready to move on to “what’s next.”  The process for college admission has changed so much since “back in the day.”  The competition for admission has increased dramatically due to the easier access of student loans, state lottery funded scholarships and general awareness for of the need for a college degree.  With priority deadlines looming ever closer to the start of senior year what’s the family of a college bound student to do?  Here’s 5 easy steps to get started.

  1. Get organized – make a choice either through the help of a career assessment, high school counselor or on what your degree plan is going to be.
  2. Find your school – which colleges offer the degree plan you want?  It’s nice to go to a big name school with a football powerhouse.  Your Saturday’s will be entertaining but if they don’t offer the degree you want, Saturdays aren’t going to matter on your resume.
  3. Do you have what it takes? –  Does your GPA and ACT/SAT scores match up with the University’s freshman profile?  This step is often overlooked by many students and families.  Without proper research you may come up short in acceptance letters.
  4. Costs – What grants and scholarship opportunities do you qualify for?  Many states now have their own aid in addition to federal programs.  Do your homework.  That lottery money used to support education has to go somewhere.
  5. Deadlines – Keep track of deadlines.  This includes application, federal and state aid, scholarship deadlines, intent to attend deadlines and housing.  All of these could leave you short if they are not followed.

Make a plan and stick to it.  May your November be full of successful application submissions.


Jeremiah 29:11