You've applied to college and sent the things-
What do you do now?
At this point in the game, there are a few things you can do. They are...
- Set up your student portal
- Apply for scholarships
- Create your FSA ID (FAFSA Account)
There are many more things than just these, but this page is meant to get you started. Scholarships and FAFSA have entire pages devoted to them in the "Ways to Pay for College" section.
Setting up your Student Portal (Very important)
A "Student Portal" is your online account for your college. Each school, at some point, will email you with instructions on how to set theirs up. If you have not received this email yet, you won't be able set up your account. Log into your email and use the search function to try and find it.
Once you find the email, read it through and it will list specific steps on how to set it up. While it can seem a bit intimidating, you'll get through it in no time at all. I recommend you write everything down. The passwords can get pretty confusing (ie. T-2IQ4U2-1999), writing it down will help you remember.
The student portal/account will be used for everything from checking if your application is missing documents to accepting scholarships and financial aid and finally, if your FAFSA/TASFA was submitted correctly (or if it needs verifying). The sooner you get this set up, the sooner you can receive...
Scholarship opportunities are anywhere and every where. Below, you will find information on specific sources for scholarships and other financial opportunities.
The above link takes you to the FWISD scholarship directory. This contains many, many scholarship opportunities ranging from small, local scholarships up to massive, national scholarships. This is always a great place to get started, and an excellent way of filling the time between finishing your college application and when you first hear back.
Is Texas Christian University the school for you? Then this scholarship is exactly what you are looking for. The Community Scholars Program seeks out young scholars to award them full rides to TCU. This will pay for everything, so if you want to spend a whole semester in Spain studying the airspeed velocity of unladen swallows, TCU will cover it.
This program requires the following steps:
Most colleges offer a lot of their own scholarships on academic and financial bases. When I say a lot, I mean upwards of 200. Because of this, some colleges offer general scholarship applications which automatically match you with ones you're eligible for. You will need to set up your student portal to complete these. These scholarships are first-come, first-serve. Move fast.
To find these scholarships...
Your Federal Student Aid ID
Your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) is often called your FAFSA account. This information will be used to log into, and sign for, your FAFSA. Before you get started, take a look at these two points:
To make an FSA ID, follow these steps:
Make an FSA ID for both yourself and one parent (if applicable). Once at least the student has an FSA ID, you will be ready to complete FAFSA. If it's not October yet, you are ahead of the curve and should just be pumping out scholarships. Great work!