Now, you have finished everything you needed to get done before filling out the application
forms themselves. Try to cut the list of schools down from ten (10)
or fifteen (15) to about eight (8) or ten (10). Since you have looked at all of the
materials over the last few months, and you should know which schools most interest you.
Tips: Before you start writing on the original forms, it is a good idea to make photocopies
of them all. Practice once on the copy, and then fill out the original application
You can also consider using online application forms for schools that offer that method.
You can save a lot of time using this method, and if you enter some data incorrectly
at first, you can easily correct it before you send the application in. Get ready to
follow up by going to Step 10.
should I take this step?
Each school has a different application deadline. Most of the time, if you
want to be considered for financial aid, your deadline is about two to three months ahead
of the normal deadline. To be safe, send in your application ten (10) months before school starts.
is "rolling admission" or "rolling basis"?
"Rolling admission" refers to an admission process that allows you to send your
application any time. If you meet the school's standards you are accepted immediately if there is still space available. Some schools, if space is unavailable when your application is approved, will offer you admission to the next term.
Note: Even schools that use rolling admission have deadlines for each term.
If your application arrives after one of those deadlines, you may still be
considered for admission in the next school term. Check the school's application
materials for more details.
How much does it cost to apply?
This varies from school to school. Public universities may only
charge $30-$45 per application. Top private schools may charge $60 or
more per application.
What information must I fill in?
You must supply all information that is not listed as "optional" on the
form itself. Usually the optional information is about your race and gender.
Schools gather this information for statistical purposes. In some states this
information can alter your chances of getting admitted, but any school that
uses optional information will say so in their information packet.