College Application Process
COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS – SENIOR YEAR
NARROW YOUR COLLEGE CHOICES AND BEGIN APPLYING!
College applications are available at:
3) the college’s website.
Important information to find on individual college websites:
1) Application deadlines
3) Financial aid
VISIT COLLEGE CAMPUSES!
Take advantage of teacher workdays to visit college campuses. Colleges will allow prospective students to stay overnight and/or attend classes. This will help you finalize decisions.
TAKE THE SAT I OR THE ACT IN OCTOBER OR NOVEMBER!
- When you sign up to take the SAT or the ACT, select four (4) schools you may want to attend to receive your scores automatically for free. If you forget to select your schools, you have up to one (1) week, after the test is taken, to select four (4) schools to receive your scores. If you do not select four (4) schools, and you would like to send your scores after the test has been taken, and the one week window is complete, it will cost $12.00 per school to send your scores.
- If you are planning to attend a community college, it is not necessary to take the SAT or the ACT. However, the community colleges do require a placement test which students should take in the spring. Some colleges require that a student take one or more of the SAT II: Subject Tests. In North Carolina, Duke, NCSU and UNC-CH have this requirement.
Go online to see if the college to which you are applying requires SAT II: Subject Tests.
Use your CFNC.org Account
Hover over “Apply” >> Click “Residency Determination”
Find the best ways to apply to the college(s) of your choice.
3 most common ways:
1) CFNC.org, 2) commonapp.org, or 3) Individual School's Website
Most applications will be completed online. Please make sure you sure proper capitalization and punctuation. Using your CFNC.org account, will allow for an easier application completion to all North Carolina colleges. Applications may ask for the CEEB or College Board Code;
Ledford High School’s CEEB Code is 343-962
CFNC.org provides you with the ability submit transcripts electronically to all NC colleges. CFNC will require the following information to process your request: First and Last Name, Date of Birth, Student ID number (your lunch number), Gender, and Current High School. SEE MR MERCER to update your CFNC account. All former Ledford Middle School Students have an account.
Student services can send a paper transcript for you. You may request this by signing on the clipboard in the Student Services office. Check to indicate whether you plan to pick-up the transcript (allow 48 hours) or prefer it to be mailed. When the transcript is picked up, it will be in a sealed envelope. Colleges require that they remain sealed. You will send the sealed transcript and paper application in one envelope. If completing the application online, you may still request the transcript in Student Services and check that you want it mailed.
Other Application Information
- If the application does not provide a place to include your extracurricular activities, awards, honors, etc., you will want to type a list and include it with your application. The transcript does not include this information.
- If a college asks for a personal statement or essay, consider this your opportunity to express your individuality in a way that will set you apart from other applicants. Don’t simply restate information that is contained on the transcript. Write about an experience or an activity that has affected you. Many students have found it helpful to discuss essay ideas with counselors or English teacher before writing. ALWAYS have your essay proofread by a teacher or counselor before submitting.
- If your college requires a counselor form as part of the application, leave the form in the Student Services office when requesting a transcript so that it can be sealed with the transcript. If applying online, please print the counselor form and bring it to your counselor when requesting your transcript.
If you are planning to participate in Division I or II athletics, the NCAA Clearinghouse must certify you. Please speak with Mr. Mercer prior to registering. This process does not affect recruitment. It only determines your initial eligibility for your freshman year. The website for the clearinghouse is www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. The Clearinghouse now requires your SAT/ACT scores be sent directly to them. When registering for the SAT/ACT use code 9999 to have your score sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Each year, Ledford students receive academic and athletic scholarships from various sources. Investigating possible sources of financial aid and filling out applications takes time and effort. You may become frustrated and meet with rejection, but a significant number of students do receive some kind of financial assistance. Scholarship money and financial aid are usually grouped into two major categories: need-based and merit-based. Need-based aid takes into consideration a family’s financial status. Merit-based scholarships are based on a student’s academic qualification, without regard to financial need. Some scholarships (usually local) consider both academic success and financial need.
To increase your chances of being successful, focus on the following steps:
- Probably the best source for scholarship opportunities is the college to which you are applying. Most schools offer their own institution specific programs and privately sponsored awards that are specifically designated for students at those institutions. Investigate via Internet or contact the financial aid office and request scholarship information and a scholarship application. Apply early; many schools have deadlines in November and December of your senior year.
- The next important step in searching for scholarships is to check the Ledford Scholarship List that is posted monthly and emailed to you. This list is posted on the bulletin board outside the Student Services office and on the Ledford web site davidson.k12.nc.us The majority of the local scholarships are announced during February and March. Therefore, it is extremely important to make your scholarship search a year long process. Many students become tired of pursuing scholarship money by the spring and give up exactly when there are better opportunities.
- Don’t forget to contact your employers, your parent’s employers, civic groups and religious organizations in which you are involved. These are good sources of potential scholarships.
- An additional source to investigate is national scholarship listings via the Internet. Free scholarship searches are available at fastweb.com, www.finaid.org, www.scholarships.com and www.cfnc.org. are a good source for national scholarships and some Ledford scholarships.
Other Scholarship Information
- If you are interested in pursuing the possibility of an athletic scholarship, ask your high school coach for an assessment of your chances of obtaining athletic aid and how he or she can help you with the process. In most cases, college coaches will contact high school coaches directly for information about your abilities, so it is important to let high school coaches know of your interest. You can also contact college athletic departments to express interest in their programs.
- Please beware of scholarship scams! Avoid programs that “guarantee” scholarships, or require fees for matching you with scholarships. Many solicitors invite you to meetings at local hotels or try to arrange private meetings at your home. Doing business with such organizations is strongly discouraged.
- Two rules of thumb to safeguard you from most scholarship scams: 1) If you have to give money to get money, it might be a scam, and 2) If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Apply at FAFSA.gov.
- Federal Aid is awarded on the basis of need! It is the difference between what it costs to attend a particular college and what you and your family can afford to pay toward those costs.
- All students applying for financial aid must complete the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after January 1.
- If you intend to apply for financial aid, attend the Financial Aid Workshop in January at DCCC. Some schools require an additional form called the Profile. Check with the financial aid office at the school to which you are applying or student services to see if a Profile needs to be completed in the fall.