The Application

As you search for the right school for you, and discover what scholarships you may want to apply for, it is important to take note of the application process each school requires. Every school will have a basic list of items you will need for your application, they often include:

  1. One to two recommendation letters from teachers or school counselors.
  2. Copies of your high school or community college transcript and other relevant test scores.
  3. Application essays – typically two with separate prompt questions of different lengths.

Something to consider when applying for college, especially if you are applying for more than one school, is the Common Application (Common App). The Common App is a standard college application that gives a student access to over 700 undergraduate institutions. There is no fee to use the Common App, however submitting the application to a school requires a fee, usually ranging from $25-$90. If you require a fee waiver, you can request one when you fill out your profile.


While a majority of school accept the Common App, some may not. These application typically have a similar structure to the Common App but may ask for other requirements or other information. Each application will typically cost between $45-$100 to submit.