October is College Application Month!

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During the month of October, Iowa College Aid hosts College Application Campaign throughout the state of Iowa. Schools are encouraged to give seniors time during the school day in which to complete college applications, ask questions about the financial aid process and prepare for postsecondary success.

We encourage all Iowa high school seniors to take time this month to complete at least one college application. Over 60% of Iowa jobs will require a postsecondary credential by the year 2018. Governor Terry Branstad showed his support of the campaign by publicly signing a proclamation at Hoover High School in Des Moines declaring October College Application Campaign Month. The governor emphasized the importance of postsecondary education in improving quality of living.

“Obtaining a postsecondary degree has been linked to higher income, increased employment opportunities, better health and increased community involvement.”

Before getting started, make sure you have all essential information gathered, such as your Social Security Number, ACT/SAT scores, dual credit information, name and addresses of all high schools you attended, GPA and class rank. Iowa College Aid’s checklist can help ensure you have all the information for your applications.  You can even practice completing a sample college application at www.IHaveAPlanIowa.gov to get the feel of it before doing the real thing! When you are ready, Iowa College Aid links to every Iowa college and university’s online application in the Higher Education Data Center. Simply select the college or university you are interested in and click on the “Apply Now” link.

After completing your application, make sure you also submit all requested documentation. Depending on the college or university, this may include an application fee (or waiver if you are eligible), letters of recommendation, official test scores and transcripts and personal essays. For more expert college application advice, review our previous post in which Coe College Associate Director of Admission Josh Kite shares tips on how to ace the application process.

After you apply to college we welcome you to share what influenced your decision to go to college with the hashtag #WhyIChose.   Below are just a few of the reasons we are seeing and we can’t wait to see what you have to say!

#whyichose1 #whyichose2 #whyichose3

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