Applying to College

When you apply to college we want you to have all the tools you need. You will find information about taking the SAT and ACT tests and about how to apply for the FAFSA.

Another place to go to get information about applying to college is your school's counseling or college & career office. The people there can give you information about colleges, let you know when colleges will be visiting your school, help you plan college visits and give you information about scholarships and other types of financial aid.  

The links below will help you find the information you need about applying to college. 

College Knowledge provides handouts to

 

Resources

College Scorecard

College Scorecard makes it easier for you and your families to search for a college that provides a good value. It includes essential information about a particular college’s cost, its graduation rates and the average amount its students borrow, all in an easy-to-read format. It is designed to help you compare colleges and choose one that is well-suited to your individual needs.

College Scorecard 

Khan Academy - Getting Started with College Admissions

Khan Academy - Getting Started with College Admissions is an interactive resource tool with information about what happens during college, why college matters, and the wide range of students who have chosen to attend college. The site will provide you with resources and videos about college admissions, importance of college, and a wide variety of resources to overcome obstacles like immigration, anxiety, time management, lack of high school support, financial barriers, and more. 

Khan Academy - Getting Started with College Admissions

Khan Academy - Admissions Essays

Khan Academy - Admissions Essays makes the college essay-writing process easier. It includes sample essays with admissions feedback, student videos about their college essays, and Undergraduate Admissions Counselor videos with tips on writing strong admissions essays and avoiding common admission essay mistakes.

Khan Academy - Admissions Essays

Khan Academy - Exploring College Options

Khan Academy - Exploring College Options is for juniors (and undecided seniors)  trying to decide where to apply. It includes best practices to explore college options and essential answers to questions you should ask as you embark on your college search process. 

Khan Academy - Exploring College Options

College Payment Calculator

Net Price Calculator Center provides an easy tool to allow you and your families to find out the net price of any given college- that is, the price after subtracting the scholarships and grants a you are likely to receive.

Net Price Calculator Center 

College Navigator

College Navigator is an interactive website that provides detailed information about different institutions, including programs and majors, admissions considerations and more.

College Navigator

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

This site provides an easy way to compare financial aid offers from different schools. Many colleges and universities have adapted a shopping sheet that provides personalized information on financial aid and net costs as well as general information on institutional outcomes — all in a standardized format. 

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet 

Student Aid

Navigate the financial aid process and make informed decisions about paying for college. This website provides straightforward and easy-to-understand information about planning and paying for college. The site combines content and interactive tools from several Department of Education websites. 

Studentaid.gov

College Knowledge Materials

College Knowledge provides student handouts structured to each individual grade, in preparation for college.The topic material covers: All About College & Career, Getting Ready, College Bound Scholarship, Paying for College, Applying for College, and Enrolling in College.

https://www.wcan.org/college-knowledge/