When applying to college, it’s important to know your school’s priority deadline for admissions, as well as financial aid. And, yes, they are often different deadlines!
Most colleges open their applications in August with some deadlines as early as November 1st. By applying prior to the college admissions and financial aid priority deadlines, you are ensuring that you will be considered for admission as well as any institutional merit scholarships you may qualify for.
Some schools will require an additional application for scholarships, but to be considered your application must be received by the admissions and financial aid priority deadlines.
For example, if you were applying to FGCU their priority admissions date is February 15th. However, if you want to be considered for merit scholarships, you would need to submit your admissions application by November 15th. Most colleges list their admissions deadlines (priority, regular, rolling) on their website under admissions deadlines.
The financial aid deadline for merit scholarships is often listed separately in the financial aid area of the school’s website within a deadline section. (A list of state university deadlines will be posted here September 1st, stay tuned!)
Deciding which schools to apply to, and ultimately attend, is a daunting task. It’s important when researching colleges that you compare factors such as average annual cost, graduation rate, and salary after attending. To find a comparison of these and other factors, visit https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/ .