[BHS Etree] COLLEGE/CAREER: Seniors: Last minute tips for college applications

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Sat Dec 16 16:40:18 PST 2017

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Hey Seniors,

If you are applying to 4 year colleges, you are close to the finish line.

1. Common Application

Here are some common application tips and/or sample essays for your review:






Supplemental Essays- Why Us?:


2. To add schools to your FAFSA, simply:

Go to FAFSA.gov.

Enter your Login information.

Select the option to “Make FAFSA Corrections”.

Go to the section where you've listed colleges and add the new school code(s). ...

Hit Submit.

Follow up!

More than 10 colleges on your list?  Read on:

You can list up to 10 colleges on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR), you can make the information available to more than 10 colleges through one of the options listed below. Each option will allow the college to receive an electronic copy of your SAR, and you will also receive an updated SAR.

Option 1: Click Login on the home page and log in to your FAFSA account. You will be given the option to Make FAFSA Corrections. Remove some of the colleges listed on your FAFSA, add the additional school codes, and submit the corrections for processing.

Option 2: Call the Federal Student Aid Information Center and have them add the colleges for you. When you call, you must provide the DRN from your SAR or confirmation page. Refer to the Help page for contact information.

Option 3: If you have a paper SAR, you can replace the colleges listed on the SAR with other colleges, and mail the SAR back to Federal Student Aid. Note that the paper SAR allows you to change up to four colleges - not all 10.

Note: If there are 10 colleges on your FAFSA, any new school codes that you add will replace one or more of the school codes already listed. When this change is made, any college removed from the list will not have automatic access to any new information you provide after you've removed that college. However, the college will still have the data you submitted when you listed that college on your FAFSA form. You are not deleting your FAFSA information from the college's system.

3. Create portals at all your applied schools. You should receive information from each school to confirm receipt of your application,an  ID number, and how to set up the portal.  The portal will be the communication from the school for status of the application.  Check your emails and portal regularly!

4. Send SAT or ACT test scores to your schools.  For UC, choose 1 UC and all UCs can access your score.  For CSU, choose 1 CSU and all CSUs can access scores.

If a school reports that scores have not been received, copy the order history to show that score reports were ordered to UC and/or CSU and send to the admissions office of the school or call the school to check on the status of test scores.

5. Scholarships:

Reminder: Please check the monthly scholarship link at the BHS College & Career Resources page.  Some scholarships have not arrived in our office yet with the updated information for 2017-2018.

Monthly Scholarship Spreadsheet:


There are also the following sites with scholarship information:





Useful CCC Links:

College &Career Center Resources: http://bhs.berkeleyschools.net/resources/college-career-center/college-career-guide/

College & Career Calendar: http://bhs.berkeleyschools.net/resources/college-career-center/college-and-career-center-calendar/


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