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Apply for College & Financial Aid in Just 7 Days

Apply for College & Financial Aid in Just 7 Days

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  • Dec 15, 2020
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Life's been busy and hard. When you're taking things one day at a time, it's hard to plan ahead for the future. So we've made it easy for you - just spend 1-2 hours per day over seven days and you'll be on your way to having a plan for education beyond high school.

Explore your college options and make a list.

There are many different types of colleges in Oregon and across the U.S. Consider what would be a good fit and make a list of three to five colleges that you are interested in. With so much up in the air because of coronavirus, consider at least one option that's close to home.

Get set to apply.

Visit college websites to find out what you will need to complete your applications and gather this information. Print our College Organizer, use the Google Doc workbook or download the It’s A Plan app to keep track of everything you need to include.

One way to make it easier? Whenever you can, use the Common Application. It is accepted by over 900 colleges nationally, including several in Oregon.

Apply to college.

Complete your college applications online. Use the same e-mail for all of your applications and write down passwords in a secure place (like our It’s A Plan app!) If you have gathered your info ahead of time, this usually takes between 15 - 60 minutes per application.

College applications can be confusing. Get answers to frequently asked questions or watch the walk throughs of applications from Oregon colleges.

Make sure that your high school transcript, letters of recommendation, SAT or ACT test scores (if you are not applying test-optional), and other supplemental materials are sent to colleges.

Fill out FAFSA or ORSAA.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form that most students should complete to receive financial aid. Eligible undocumented students in Oregon should complete the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) in order to receive state financial aid.

Take the quiz if you're not sure which form to fill out and find where to get help.

Fill out other financial aid forms.

The colleges you have applied to may have an additional financial aid or scholarship application to fill out. If you are applying to an Oregon community college you should also submit the Oregon Promise grant application if you are eligible.

Make a list of scholarships.

There are countless scholarships available with a variety of different deadlines. The OSAC scholarship application should be on your list - it has over 600 scholarships with one application. Colleges might have specific deadlines for their own scholarships programs - remember to check these, too.

Use our It’s A Plan Google Doc workbook or app to keep track of scholarships you're eligible for.

Apply for scholarships.

The more scholarships you apply for, the more money you'll be eligible to earn, so apply to as many scholarships as you can!