Thinking About Going to College? It’s Time To Get Serious!
ASPIRE Gives Tips for Planning, Selecting the Right School, and Paying
Planning on attending college in the fall? Now is the perfect time to make sure you are on the road to success.
Here are a few things to keep you on-track this month:
Seek out scholarships. Your ASPIRE mentor will help you determine which scholarships will best benefit your situation including identifying those specific to your interests, career and education goals, background, and school of choice. Scholarship deadlines vary, so make sure to keep on top of deadlines for each.
Create an academic plan. This month, your ASPIRE mentor will help you create an academic plan. When colleges or universities consider your admission, they look at your experience as a whole picture – including your interpersonal and leadership skills, GPA, awards, volunteering, and other accomplishments. One of the best ways to increase your chances is to work toward these goals, whether that means increasing your grades or joining extracurricular activities, your ASPIRE mentor will help you identify key goals to pursue.
Make a decision. Selecting a college or university is a big decision. Your ASPIRE mentor can help you with each of the steps below to help narrow down your choices:
- Schedule a campus visit
- Use ASPIRE tools to compare and contrast schools
- Compare financial aid packages and award letters
Your ASPIRE mentor will provide you with the tools and resources to make the best decision for your future.
Downloadable college comparison charts are available, here: http://www.OregonStudentAid.gov/aspire-students-final-selection.aspx.