The Financial Aid Process
Notes: It is very important to keep all your information together. Make separate files for each school! Make copies of everything you send!
If you are considering IVY's and highly selective colleges
- Take several AP classes your junior year.
- Take SAT II subject tests early, as soon as you have completed that subject – retake if necessary to raise scores.
- Take the practice or real SAT/ACT in 10th grade, take PSAT in October of your junior year.
- Class rank is very important.
- Contact an admissions officer at the college you are interested in early; ask them to review your credentials, program of study, and make suggestions.
- You must have outstanding grades, curriculum, and test scores, and demonstrate that you are well-rounded (leadership, community service, music/art/athletics). It is important to have a particular strength that stands out: have had writing published, be a state-ranked athlete, have created a community service program, be an outstanding musician, etc.
- Ask a counselor if he/she would consider contacting an admissions officer at your first choice school on your behalf.
- Apply to some “safety” schools, including a state school. Remember that Ivy League schools offer virtually no merit-based aid but will usually meet financial need.