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Understanding the College Application Process & the Common App
For Parents and Students

Generally speaking if students plan to be finished by October 20th, 2021 for November 1 deadlines and October 31st, 2021 for all other deadlines they will be in the best position to meet all deadlines and not feel overwhelmed at the end of the semester. Unless someone is using rolling admission which can be open through January and February.  Students must know their own deadlines!

COVID-19 Impacts:

  1. Submitting an ACT/SAT score is optional at some schools.  All schools are different.  Students are responsible to understand the test policy for the schools they are applying to.  For more information, see the cover page of the Class of 2022 College Application guide below.
  2. A Question has been added to the Common App where students can share significant impacts to their college application because of COVID-19. We encourage students to use this space to explain the loss of a job or leadership experience, or a drop in grades due to watching younger siblings (as examples).  In this way, the essay space is still available to share as they best see fit an essay about themselves.

General Resources:

The College Application Process: A Presentation by Mrs. Volker 

Class of 2022 College Application Guide  8 basic steps and also specific instructions
for the Common App and for Applying directly to a University

Google Classroom:  Students remember that all these resources and more are
 available on Google Classroom.

Students with last name A-K  hobiscz
Students with last names L-Z  ci2mjgs

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Resources:

 Click here for links to the Financial Aid 101 Presentation given by Sinclair Community College

Click here for Sinclair's short video clips on filling out the FAFSA

The FAFSA opens October 1 of each year and is based on the previous year's taxes (2020 taxes for the 2022/2023 school year when filling it out in the fall of 2021).  Both parent and student will need to create a FSA ID to represent their respective signature. The actual FAFSA account should be created in the student's name, social security number and birth date. A completed application is necessary for all financial aid, scholarships and grants.