On 10/7, we reviewed the general college application process, including updates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Video recording, slides, and FAFSA worksheet below.
Here are some major takeaways:
Navigating CommonApp for homeschooled applicants: https://fearlesshomeschoolers.com/blog/common-app-for-homeschoolers
Decide soon if you want to apply Early Action (nonbinding) or Early Decision (binding)
Start drafting your application essays
Reach out to teachers and counselor for letters of recommendation - be prepared to let them know why you think they can write a strong letter for you
Holistic / whole-person review is becoming more common in admissions, especially in the context of the current pandemic. The college looks at the applicant as a “whole person” across several criteria from your essays to your school’s background.
Unlike the FAFSA, CSS Profile allows you to explain circumstances, i.e. finances/employment affected by COVID-19
Check if the college’s admissions will be affected by this past year’s admitted student deferrals
Check if the college has student jobs/work-study opportunities available during the pandemic, i.e. remote or socially distanced.
Throughout the year -- seek and apply for scholarships! Can start to apply for scholarships as young as age 13
College App Process Worksheet: