Make Sure Your File Is Complete

unknownThere are so many different reasons students don’t hear back from colleges after submitting applications. Occasionally, recommendations, transcripts or standardized test scores are not received by the schools. Many schools will reach out by email or phone, or through their online system to notify you if anything is missing from your application. So, remember to check you email, voicemail and the school’s portal often.

However, in the end, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your applications are complete and that all the required components have been submitted and received by your schools.

Application requirements and deadlines vary by school.  Stay organized when you confirm that your materials have been received to create a list of your schools and itemize all the application requirements. Then, use the online service your high school subscribes to, consult the online tracking system you may have been assigned by each individual college, or check by phone to verify whether each school has received the following components:

The Common Application
Individual school application and/or supplement, if applicable. This may include an essay or personal statement.
Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, SAT II, AP, TOEFL)
Official high school transcript
Mid-year grades
Guidance counselor letter of recommendation
Letters of recommendation (from teachers, coaches, employers)
Application fee
FAFSA
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
Individual school and state required financial aid forms

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