College Search Tips to Get the New Year Started Right

Happy New Year!

It’s 2022 and the clock is officially ticking. High school graduation, prom, graduation photos, final exams, and (luckily!) A few more months to learn how to do your own laundry before going to college. But no worry. I’ll help you ask the important questions on this college journey and get you started on the right foot in 2022.

Did you even start

Have you touched on the college application process? Do you know how to bury your head in the sand hoping it will magically disappear? Well, it’s time to get your head out of the sand and get started. Fortunately, there are many colleges with rolling admissions that are still accepting applications. And as a bonus, you may still be eligible for scholarships and grants.

Ask yourself:

  • Have I filled out applications at my top choice schools?
  • Did I apply for an option in the state?
  • Are there any other schools I should apply to?

If you apply a little later in the game, it’s fine. Stay focused. It can be done. February 1 is the priority admission deadline for consideration of scholarships at the University of Nevada, Reno. You can start your application today.

Have you checked your checklist?

The good news is that every college provides an online checklist for every student who applies to their school. The bad news? Each college provides an online checklist for every student applying to their school.

As overwhelming as the checklists are, they are important, especially when it comes to financial aid. Most colleges require additional documents such as official transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, AP scores, and sometimes college essays and personal statements. Finding your student portal for each college you’ve applied to is an important next step.

Ask yourself:

  • Have I found my student portal?
  • Can I see my to-do list?
  • Do I have to submit further documents immediately?

The University of Nevada, Reno, MyNEVADA Student Portal is your place to go to ensure your file is up to date. MyNEVADA is your to-do list for admissions, financial assistance, housing, class enrollment, housing, and more.

Where do you live?

Have I seen students arriving on campus without knowing their living situation? Yes. Yes, I have. Don’t be that student. Applying for on-campus accommodation is a separate process from applying to college, and the apartment is often allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have a desire to live, it is time to submit this application.

Ask yourself:

  • When should I apply for an apartment to get my top pick?
  • When can I last apply for an apartment?
  • How do I view the housing options?
  • What can I do if I change my mind?

In any case, take advantage of guided tours on campus (if available) or virtual 360-degree tours on the pages of the university apartments. Connect to university social media sites to ask current students and staff questions about their experiences of life on campus.

How much will it cost?

Don’t wait until May to have The Talk. You know, the conversation about financial aid. What you believe your family can afford for college may be different from what your family can actually afford. Understanding how financial aid works is important.

Ask yourself:

  • What is the maximum amount for federal scholarships, free application for federal study grants (FAFSA)?
  • What is the maximum student loan amount I can get from FAFSA?
  • What awards are I entitled to from each university?
  • Are there any local scholarships I can apply for?
  • What will the tuition fees be for my first year, second year, etc.?

Liaising with a grant advisor for each school you have been admitted to will help you and your family better manage the grant at that university.

When do you register for courses?

Now? Yes now! Did you know the University of Nevada, Reno, is enrolling new freshmen as early as January? Is correct! You can get a college class timetable even before you graduate from high school.

Ask yourself:

  • When does college class enrollment start?
  • Are my lessons set in stone?
  • What if I get new test results (AP, IB, SAT, ACT, or College Credit)?
  • What should I do if I have decided to change my major before the course starts in the fall?
  • When do I meet with a student advisor?
  • What if I want to add a major or minor?

One more?

And finally, have fun! This is your final semester in high school. Only a few more months until you are officially an adult. Enjoy this time with your friends and family as you celebrate this HUGE high school graduation milestone. You can be proud of yourself, we are definitely proud of you!

Cheers until 2022!

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