Did you know? October 16 – 20, 2017 is College Application Week!
This week marks the kickoff for college applications. Schools will offer extra resources and attention to students completing college applications. College Application Week is a statewide effort to help students apply to college.
Applying to college can be overwhelming. Don’t know where to start?
- Look over the FAQs (below)
- Visit some of the websites mentioned in the FAQs
- Talk to your child’s school counselor
Frequently Asked Questions:
My child wants to apply to many colleges but I cannot afford all the application fees, can s/he still apply to college?
College application fees can be expensive. Fees can range from $65 to $90. Speak to your child’s school counselor about fee waivers. With fee waivers, your child may be able to apply for free.
Should my child apply to expensive colleges?
Yes, absolutely! Financial aid can help you pay tuition, books and supplies and other college costs. In some cases, students can attend college for free. To find out more:
- Talk to your child's school counselor about financial aid options.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as early as October 1st to qualify for the most government aid available
- Estimate a school’s cost using Net Price Calculator
How many colleges should my child apply to?
We suggest students apply to 8-15 colleges by December 1st of their senior year. Talk to your child’s counselor to help your child, research colleges and find out how to build a list of schools
in the following categories:
- “Reach” schools (dream colleges that are difficult to get into)
- “Target” schools (colleges that are likely to admit your child); and
- “Safety” schools (colleges that will definitely admit your child).
How can I help my child find the right college?
with your child and find your social, academic, and financial preferences. Ask:
- Do you want to attend a small college or large university? .
- What majors/careers are you thinking about?
- How far away from home are you willing to go?
Then, ask your counselor about visiting some colleges to help you make decisions.
My child has low test scores on the SATs or ACT, can s/he still apply to college?
Yes, colleges post average test scores, but these scores are not cutoffs. While you should encourage your child to prepare and study for the exam
to gain the highest scores possible, be mindful that there are students at every college who scored lower and higher than the numbers shown. Some colleges consider academic grades, recommendations, volunteer and job experiences in addition to test scores, while others don’t require test scores
when accepting students.
My child is undocumented, can s/he still go to college?
Yes, absolutely! Undocumented students are not eligible for federal and state financial aid but can apply for private scholarships and awards
. For free legal advice and other supports contact CUNY Citizenship Now
. Your child’s school counselor will also have helpful resources.
My child applied to college, now what?
Congratulations! Your child is now on the path to college. Next you can:
- Complete FAFSA as early as October 1st. Refer to your current tax returns and other documents listed on this College Goal NY to complete this federal form.
- Once you complete FAFSA, apply for New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
- Make sure all supporting documents required for your child’s college applications have been submitted--such as official transcripts your child might have college courses taken outside of high school
You can also use Family Action Plan for 12th Grade Students
and First in the Family
to plan for the year.
College Application Week Resources
Counselors and School Staff
School staff will be working with seniors to help them to complete college applications, and work with younger students to help them explore college options. School staff can find planning resources such as toolkits and checklists on WeTeach
To support as many students to apply to college this week, NYC high schools will work with college admissions professionals from colleges and community based organizations. Volunteers can use the NYC Volunteer Resource Guide
for potential tasks, tips and other ways to prepare for the week. Your child’s school will have more information on the volunteers they will be working with during this week. Contact your child’s counselor if you have questions.