Applying to an online college can seem overwhelming, but it is no different than applying to brick and mortar schools. Once you understand the steps you need to take and why, the process becomes easy – lengthy, but easy! Here are the steps you need to take in order to apply to an online college and get started on your future.
1. Make a Checklist
You will need to make a list of the colleges you would like to apply to, and their deadlines. Go to each college’s website and find the admission requirements. Make sure you have all of the forms you need as well as any transcripts, reference letters, or other required documents. Make a checklist for each school, and order them by deadline so you get the soonest deadline done first.
2. Mail your Application
Filling out your application should be rather straightforward. They usually just ask personal questions about yourself as well as your academic history and intended major. Sometimes you will need to write an essay (or multiple essays), which will take a little bit of work. Once you are finished, collect everything together and mail them to your school (or apply online).
Although going to school at an online college will likely be cheaper than at a traditional school, advanced education is still expensive. You will likely want to apply for financial aid. Check your school’s website to find out if they have their own financial aid form for you to fill out. Additionally, you will need to fill out the FAFSA – which is the government’s universal form for financial aid. You will need to fill out the FAFSA regardless of whether or not your school has their own form. You will need to know some basic financial information about yourself and potentially your parents, as well as your school’s FAFSA code, which can be found online.
4. Request test scores and transcripts
You will need to contact any school you were enrolled in in the past and ask for a transcript to be sent to your new school. Some schools offer this service for free, but others charge a small fee. Additionally, if you took the SAT, ACT, GRE, or other college admission test, you will need to have your scores forwarded. If you took a dual credit or AP course in high school, you will need to go to the college to get a transcript or forward your AP test scores.
Now you just have to sit back and wait to see if you’re accepted! It is always a good idea to apply to a few good schools and one “back up” so that you have somewhere to go if you do not get in to your preferred school. Now that you’ve taken these steps you are on your way to a brighter future!