Step 1: Getting Ready to Apply for College
Connect with your Career Counselor
Whether a high school guidance counselor, case manager, or other resource who is familiar with the college application process. They may be your best resource for accessing assistance from financial aid to compiling the materials for the application process, from teach recommendations to health forms. Their experience in the process may be invaluable to getting you into the college of your choice as well as finding the financial resources to make it possible.
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Facing the SAT and ACT
Most, though not all, colleges and universities in the United States require that applicants either take an admissions test of either the SAT, Scholastic Aptitude Test, or the ACT, American College Testing. These tests are offered several times a year at sites throughout the country. These are just a few of the many free resources that can be used to prepare for the exams.
Don’t let the price of taking exams or submitting applications stop you from seeking higher education. College application and standardized testing fees can be waived, so the cost is covered!
Free SAT practice exams and online help
Free ACT practice exams and online help
How to Waive the SAT and ACT Fees
SAT and ACT fee waivers are available to many low-income 11th and 12th grade students to make it possible for all students to have the opportunity to take the test and access higher education. For SAT Subject Test, fee waivers are available for eligible high school students and can be a great way to get an edge on your college application and may be required by some higher tier institutions.
Getting a Head Start: AP Credits
AP exams, or Advanced Placement exams, are the final examination given at the end of an AP course. Though there is a fee to take the exam, they can help you earn college credits to finish college early and save you money on tuition and books. Based on the score you receive, you may be able to receive valuable college credits before even leaving high school. These are just a handful of free resources that are available.
Free AP exam practice and other online resources
How to Waive the AP Exam Fees
If you are eligible for a SAT fee waiver, you are also eligible for AP Exam fee waivers. AP Exams through College Board can be costly, but through College Board and federal assistance, these fees can be waived.