It’s late July and all your friends are busy prepping for their first semester at college, while you are still trying to find a job or working in a job you know you don’t want to spend years at. You are beginning to regret not applying to college and are wondering if it is too late.
If this is your situation, know that you still have options for attending college in the fall.
First be aware that many colleges public and private, have Rolling Admissions. Rolling Admissions means that the institution accepts applications generally through the first two weeks of the semester. However, if you are looking for on-campus housing, acceptance in to a highly competitive program, or need significant financial aid, you will probably be out of luck.
That being said, you should talk to an admission counselor, financial aid counselor, or your private college planner as soon as possible.
Here are some tips to help you get into college this fall.
Apply as soon as possible for admissions and financial aid. The sooner you complete the application process, the sooner they can review and accept your application.
Find out if you need SAT or ACT scores. You may not need either if applying to a community college.
If you can’t decide on a major, consider General Studies or Liberal Arts. This particularly true if you need financial aid, as you must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program to be eligible for financial aid.
If you can’t afford to attend full time, take a course or two (whatever you can afford). Then you can take your time and work with a college planner to outline a plan to start fulltime in the Spring term or the next academic year.
Even taking a course or two at a local two year or four state college, can be used to your advantage when applying to college or university you want to attend full time. It shows you are: 1) capable of college level work and 2) you can manage your time effectively, especially if you are balancing work and school.
So take heart, you still have options if you want to start college this fall. Now get moving!! And good luck.
If you are considering a degree in engineering the. You have to take a look at the USAToday article reporting on the top engineering colleges in the US. When looking at a potential engineering program, though, you need to go further than the highlights given on a y of these lists.
Questions to consider:
1. What courses and grades will I need to take in high school to be competitive in the college’s admissions process? Think sciences and math.
2. What opportunities are there for internships?
3. What is the job placement in my field at the colllege and at what companies /organizations are graduates hired?
4. Does the career I aspire to require a graduate degree? If so, I should put this college on my graduate school list and see what undergraduate colleges their grad students graduate from? This could save you money if you attend state college or university for your ungrad degree and receive your graduate degree from a top ranked college or university.
REMEMBER where you receive your graduate degree will carry more weight than your undergraduate degree, as it will be focused on your profession/career field.
Head For College is the website for McLaughlin Education Consulting, a college planning service, offering college admissions, financial aid/scholarship and student loan/consolidation counseling for those interested in an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Here is an overview of counseling services offered:
McLaughlin Education Consulting
* College Selection
* Application & Essay Review/Editing
* Interest Inventory & Career Exploration
* Interview Coaching
Financial Aid & Scholarship Services:
* FAFSA & CSS a Profile advising
* Estimate eligibility for financial aid
* Scholarship Search for Undergraduate Students
* Review/evaluate Financial Aid Offers
* Assist with Appeals & Negotiations for additional financial aid
Graduate Student Services:
* Program selection
* Application & Essay Review/Editing
* Scholarship & Fellowship Search
Student Loan Debt Management Counseling:
* Review current loan debt and advise on Consolidation options
* Loan Repayment/Forgiveness Searches