165: College Application Month/Horatio Alger Scholarship

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Same join me each week as I share advice on the college admissions process as well as scholarship tips. So let's get started with today's episode song. Welcome back to another episode of the scholarship shark podcast. I'm Pam Andrews your host and this episode we're talking about two things college application month and in our scholarship segment job. I talked about a scholarship the Horatio Alger scholarship now, we are in October and that means the FAFSA has opened. I did a podcast episode on that. You'll want to check that out what you can do to get organized. I always tell families give it a few weeks Let The Kinks work out at the system because once it opens, it typically has some problems but I know families are anxious to get started as you should be. I mean, it's October and so college application month is really a great time for families to focus on the college application process. So let me tell you about college application month what it is and how your family can get involved in your local area. So the American college application campaign is a national effort with middle schools hosting in school college application events, and this typically happens around October or November. So although college application Month Club. Hello for the most part in October It's Not Unusual to see a high schools do events in November and some of these events include workshops writing workshops workshops on completing the FAFSA understanding the financial aid process or actually writing your essays you I find a lot of public schools do this and their English classes where students are required to work on their personal statement essay. So they actually carve some time out for students to do this and it's also a time when many colleges offer fee waivers, whether it's for the entire month a week or just a day and so it's a great time for students to really focus on applying for college. And so the reason why this event exists its primary purpose is really to help High School seniors, navigate the college application and admissions job. Process and to ensure that they apply to at least one post secondary institution. So again these efforts occurred during this the school day with a focus on students who might not otherwise apply to school or for students who are planning to apply and typically do apply in a geographical region or for school to help the schools get very organized and focus on those efforts. So a college application month really does build excitement and enthusiasm around the college application and the echo rationed process. And what I want you to know is that sometimes for some schools they have college application month. They may have college application week or they may extended over several weeks or even a day or a few days. So although the organization calls a college application month the way it looks in your school, maybe a live birth. Bit different but what I want students to do is to reach out to their high school guidance counselor or go online for your school and I'm going to share another resource where you can find out as well, but find out you know what your school is doing what's happening in your area in your region and in your state because again so many great things happened during that time in terms of information, but one of the big things that I really like is that many colleges offer fee waivers. So this is application fee waivers because here's the truth, you know, the most common application fee to apply to schools about $50 and if students are applying to let's just say for colleges at $50 that's $200. And so anytime you can save money on this process cuz this is a cost that family's really don't think about kind of one of those hidden costs such as test scores and you know sitting down, Test and sitting your scores and if you do it after you sit for the test, you know, all these little fees can begin to add up. So if you're able to eliminate a fee all the better, so again often colleges in an area will wave after wave the college application or college admissions application fee that can save you money. So it's really important to find out what your your school the colleges where you're looking to apply. What are they doing and let me give you some examples of just how different it can look some states offer in partnership with their local colleges and these are public university and colleges and sometimes even private ones but they have waivers for the entire month. Sometimes students have to enter a code maybe in the Common App to get that fee waived. Sometimes they offer it for a week typically in North Carolina game. Have offered it for a week this year. They're extending it for two weeks. So students are able to apply to the colleges that participate in North Carolina without having to pay the application fee for up to two weeks. And then in Colorado, they actually have Colorado free application. So this year is going to be on Tuesday October 13th falls on a Tuesday and students who reside in the state of Colorado can apply to all 32 oz public colleges and universities and Colorado as well as a few private colleges without having to pay that application fee. So again, it's really important to pull ahead and see you know, if my school is offering or the school. I'm interested in attending if they're going to waive that application fee go ahead and get it in before that fee waiver expiry. Is very important now I have volunteered in the past for college application monthly events in my area and I've really enjoyed them getting to know students and working one-on-one with students with them with their applications. And again each state does something very different? So it's important to find out just what your state is doing. But if you like working with students and helping students and supporting them. This may be a great way to really support a student one-on-one. I'm sure most high schools will be doing this as virtual events, but still check it out and what you can do. I'm going to include a link for students to click on the find out what their state is doing for college application month. But also there's typically a a link on there where site coordinators are looking for volunteers. So maybe you help students complete an online application, or maybe you help them register for their FSA ID or birth. Maybe you just simply celebrate their success and be a mentor or maybe share your college experience with them but it really is a great way whether it's one day or over a few days to help a young person in this process outside of you know, it's a great way for them to get that extra support from someone within their Community wrong with this college application process. So again before closing out our main segments, I'm going to include a link to the American college application campaign. And what you'll do is scroll down and look for your state to see what your state does. Sometimes. It's done through a local area high schools. Sometimes it's done through community-based organizations. Sometimes it's done through the Department of Education for your state. So it's you know, it varies but all fifty states are doing something whether it's for one day one week or the entire month and again, it can range anywhere between October. Or October into

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