Selective College Nuts and Bolts
Selective colleges can provide GREAT OPPORTUNITIES for students from the Palouse, but some have special features you should know about before you apply.
Many selective colleges offer GENEROUS FINANCIAL AID, but some limit their aid to students with financial need, and many make their own need determination.
Some can be an AFFORDABLE option for low income students: Check out http://blog.collegegreenlight.com/blog/colleges-that-meet-100-of-student-financial-need for a list of schools that meet 100% of need (including schools that don’t require students to take out any loans!)
However, some schools ONLY provide aid to students who have financial need. They do not provide merit aid.
Answer six questions at www.myintuition.org and/or complete each school’s net price calculator to find out how much financial assistance your family will qualify for!
Many selective colleges require students to complete a financial aid form in addition to the FAFSA. It’s called the CSS Profile: https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile.
Some selective colleges require or recommend that students take SAT 2 Subject Tests. These are one-hour tests given at the same time as the regular SAT. Check with the admission office to see if they are recommended or required or check: http://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/about.
Many selective colleges require SAT or ACT test results (and look for strong scores), but some selective colleges are test optional. You can check this list of test-optional schools here. http://fairtest.org/university/optional
Some schools invite students to visit campus free of charge to participate in SUMMER PROGRAMS OR FALL FLY-IN PROGRAMS. Check www. collegegreenlight.com for more information.
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