Applying to college can be a daunting task. High school seniors will spend countless hours researching schools online and will receive hundreds of college brochures and letters in the mail. The
stress of applying, finding ways to afford college and making
the transition from high school
to college can be overwhelming.
The next few months are
an incredibly important time for high school seniors who
are considering attending college in the fall of 2011. Let me offer this timely advice to those students:
Apply for admission now!
Colleges and universities have different admissions processes and deadlines, and most institutions actively encourage students to apply early in their senior year. While students can apply well in to the summer for the fall semester, completing the application process in the fall of their senior year in high school has its benefits.
Students who are admitted early will receive critical next-step information when it becomes available. At UW, we begin sending information related to housing and orientation in February. Most options related to housing and orientation are first-come, first-served. Students who wait to apply will not receive this information when it first comes out, and they may lose out on specialty floors in our residence halls or risk not getting their first-choice date for new student orientation in June. Students who wait to get admitted also run the risk of missing out on special course pre-registration programs.
An early admission to UW also allows students and their families to begin focusing on key financial aid and scholarship processes and deadlines. UW encourages completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by early February to ensure that the results are received at UW by our March 1 priority deadline. Students and families with high financial need should particularly plan to meet that deadline, as some aid programs run out quickly. Students whose FAFSA results are received after March 1 will be considered for remaining financial aid resources. Student loans and some federal grants are available throughout the year.
To learn more about the FAFSA, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Workshops are also being held across Wyoming to give prospective students and their parents information and help filling out the forms.
Ultimately, students should ensure that they have their admission and financial aid in order before May 1. UW requires new students to confirm their enrollment by making an enrollment deposit by this date. Students who have not done so risk losing any available scholarships, aid and their spot in special programs at UW.
The University of Wyoming Admissions Office offers advice to students of all ages and their families as they consider, apply to, and prepare for college. We can be reached toll-free at 1-800 342-5996 or via e-mail at