October is a great time to start applying to college. Bridges’ college counselors help students of all ages apply to colleges and for financial aid. At Bridges, college means any institution of higher education beyond high school, encompassing both two and four-year schools. Whether you hope to attain a certificate, vocational training, an associate or bachelor’s degree, there are a number of great colleges and universities in New Mexico and across the U.S. that can help you fulfill your educational dreams and needs. You can read more about different types of colleges in Bridges’ October Learning Curve article in The Taos News.
How do you stay on track through your college application process? Bridges encourages you to create a calendar with all relevant deadlines. It’s important to be aware of all the components of each application, which may include submitting transcripts, recommendations, test scores (ACT or SAT), etc., depending on the college(s) to which you are applying.
You might decide to create a checklist for each school. Some schools have several application deadlines – early decision or early action, along with regular decision – and it’s important to know which one you are applying for. Some schools also have separate application deadlines for financial aid, particularly for merit-based scholarships; these must also be accounted for. The most important step you can take is to stay organized and on track.