On September 28, College Application Day will be open to all seniors. This is a national initiative put into place by the American College Application Campaign with the intent to increase the number of first generation and lower-income students going to college. During this time, application fees are free or a reduced cost. However, if seniors apply sooner, they could be open to better opportunities for scholarships.
For Indiana, this day coincides with Learn More Indiana’s annual “College GO!” campaign. There are 48 colleges participating in this initiative. Many colleges have free applications year round, but others have an application fee. However, help is available if a student qualifies for financial aid.
“It’s never too early to start thinking about what to do after high school graduation. Four year colleges, two year colleges and trade schools are all great options,” said guidance counselor Brandi Kerley.
On Learn More Indiana’s website, the following steps are listed for applying to college: choose at least six schools you would like to attend, get organized by having a folder for each school, keep a calendar with deadlines, make a checklist of tasks to complete, find out the application requirements for the schools you are looking at, talk to your guidance counselor about fee waivers and proofread for any mistakes in your application or essays.
Contact the admissions office at 1-888-528-4719 with any questions.
Story by Michael Hannon