Your College Application Checklist for February 2017

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 2/2/17 8:30 AM

It can be easy to backslide in February, when the weather is harsh and you’re pining for spring. Keep your eyes on the ball, though, because this is a really important time for your college goals. 

Now that January is behind us, things will start to move more quickly. Don’t panic! You’ve got this. Here’s a checklist to help you stay on top of everything.

For High School Juniors

  • Continue to do your best in your classes—only a couple months left!
  • Take the PSAT Exams if you haven’t already
  • Begin narrowing down your list of schools
    • Talk to your guidance counselor
    • Attend all the college fairs you can
    • Follow schools on social media
    • Start scheduling college visits for the spring
  • Research majors that might be of interest to you 

For High School Seniors

  • Find ways to stay sane while you wait to hear back from schools
  • Research and apply for at least two scholarships
  • Keep your grades up—you’re almost done!
  • Keep up with your hobbies, friends, and family
  • Start making a list of pro’s and con’s for different admissions outcomes

Check back with your list throughout the month, and try to check off one or two items every single week. If you find yourself with a lot of spare time, double up—seek out more scholarships, or look for volunteer opportunities to help boost your application or pass the time.

Want to know what’s coming up in the rest of the year? Be sure to download our Ultimate College Decision Timeline.

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Topics: Applying to College, Scholarships, Application Timeline

Your College Application Checklist for December 2016

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/1/16 8:30 AM

 If you’re all caught up on your November checklist for college applications, it’s time to keep moving in the month of December. 

(We know it’s tempting to take a break over the holidays, but you’ll be glad you kept on top of things once January rolls around.) 

For High School Juniors

  • Keep doing your best in your classes
  • Look for ways to get involved in clubs, organizations, or volunteer work
  • Take the PSAT Exams (if you haven’t already)
  • Continue researching colleges and universities
    • List the important priorities for you
    • Talk to your school counselor
    • Reach out to your colleges’ admissions teams
    • Attend college fairs and meet with the admissions reps
    • Follow schools on social media

For High School Seniors

  • Check your list of deadlines from November, including:
    • Application deadlines
    • Scholarship deadlines
    • Financial aid deadlines
    • Recommendation letter deadlines
  • Check your Common App deadlines (if you’re using Common App)
  • Retake the SAT/ACT (if necessary, and if you didn’t in November). Remember: schools allow you to apply with your best scores from each section of the test, so taking the SAT/ACT multiple times can help improve your chances of getting into college
  • Research and apply for at least two scholarships

Keep checking your list throughout the month, and try to knock something out every week. You’re making great progress, and spring is just around the corner.

Want to know how to prepare for the rest of the year? Be sure to download our Ultimate College Decision Timeline.

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Topics: Applying to College, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Application Timeline, Common App

Top 5 Scholarship Opportunities for November 2016

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 11/17/16 8:30 AM

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Topics: Financial Aid, Scholarships

3 Ways to Help Your College-Bound Child Reduce Student Loan Debt

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 8/9/16 7:30 AM

You’ve probably read—or maybe you’ve experienced personally—about how student loan debt can weigh on your shoulders as a budding college student embarking on a career path and the next chapter of your life.

Download the Financial Aid Quick Guide: Student Loans Understandably, the impending semester fee totals can cause young adults to delay other life decisions. According to the article, “65% of borrowers still believe a college education is worth the investment, despite the debt. A majority of borrowers, though, said they were either unsure they would have made the same college choice or definitively would not have made the same choice to attend their alma mater, if they knew then what they know now about loan repayment.”

The question becomes how to help your child make the right choices—choices he or she won’t regret later on once the student loan payments become due.

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Topics: Scholarships

Should You Take Out a Private Student Loan for Your Child’s College Education?

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 8/4/16 7:30 AM

Student loan applicationYour child’s graduation from high school and transition toward college is one of the most exciting milestones of their life—for both of you.

At least until that first bill shows up.

Deciphering the financial aid award letter is one thing , but figuring out how much you’ll have to pay is another as the award doesn’t cover the full amount. What happens if your family doesn’t have the ability to pay the remaining amount?

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Topics: Financial Aid, Student Loans, Scholarships

How to Help Your Child Interpret Their College Financial Aid Award

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 8/2/16 7:30 AM

So your son or daughter just received financial aid award letters from the colleges he or she applied to—and with all the acronyms and confusing terminology, it could very well be in another language.

What does it all mean? How do you determine how much your family has to pay? How can you understand the financial obligations your child might be taking on so you can help them make smart decisions about their education and future?

Let’s break this down together.

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Topics: Financial Aid, Scholarships


 

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