Get Ready for College - LCHS North

Not sure about college? Apply for the money now and decide later. If you wait, chances are you’ll get less.

College Deadline

Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about their definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date they receive your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

File the FAFSA form as soon as possible. There are new dates for submission of application (see our link for Financial Aid for College). It is faster and easier to apply online. Many colleges and universities require this form to be filled out and submitted for scholarships and other aid and their deadlines vary. Check the individual college website for their deadline.

Colleges and Universities send representatives to LCN in the Fall during school hours to speak to prospective students. Seniors must sign up in the Counseling Office.

On-Line Applications are available on most college websites. The on-line application process is usually less expensive and quicker and some colleges and universities offer incentives to apply online. - New College Profiles and Reviews on Cappex include videos and student reviews as well as tuition, financial aid, and detailed majors for more than 3,000 colleges. All in a very friendly, extremely convenient format! Simply go to and start searching. - your first stop for college, testing, financial aid and scholarship information. It's free, it's easy, and packed with useful information to help guide you on your path to the school of your choice.

Scholarship website for students and features - A free scholarship search and "Go-to-College" e-newsletters which highlight important monthly events; planning and paying for college advice and more.

Scholarship website for students & parents - Access to free scholarship, financial aid and admissions information.

For Parents

  • If you are a chill parent, how chill should you be?
  • If you are a bit of an intense parent, when is intense too intense?

Your Teen Magazine‘s free College Admissions Survival Guide - will help you decide how involved you want to be.

Websites to Check Out

Powerscore - This site shows SAT and ACT averages for a great many public, private and competitive schools. It also has free SAT help, SAT and ACT practice tests, and lots of info! Maybe the most interesting is a link (on the right) to a list of colleges that don’t require standardized test scores for admission!

Career Cruising - Tons of information about schools, jobs, costs, etc. This website is tremendously useful for college planning! Links to colleges websites, self-assessment tools, and even a resume builder! Students have their own page on which they can store choices, information, etc.

Both of these are national databases of scholarships. Time consuming, but worth it – there are many scholarships here you are unlikely to hear of any other way!

College Apps - Has profile information for colleges by name, by state – you can see what your chances of getting in to a given school are, or look at a comparison of schools. Tons of “how to choose” and “how to get there” information!

The Common Application - Nearly 700 colleges participate in this program, fill out one application and apply to multiple schools.  You can delve deeper into each college and university to learn more about what each offers.

In Like Me

Scholarship RoadMap - Practical guides to finding money to pay for college. Links to scholarships and contests, and tips and tricks for applying and preparing. Both worth a look!

College Data - Includes a “college chances” tool and an “admissions tracker” – both good ways to see how you stack up against the current competition! Lots of other tools as well. Plus, this website allows you to create your own page to save relevant info!

Fair Opportunity Project

Fair Opportunity Project - This is a wonderful resource for students and parents.  Check it out!

Table of Contents

  • Section I: The College Application
  • Chapter 1: College Application Timeline
  • Chapter 2: Starting Your College Search
  • Chapter 3: Standardized Tests
  • Chapter 4: Creating a College List
  • Chapter 5: Organizing the College Application
  • Chapter 6: Letters of Recommendation
  • Chapter 7: The Application
  • Chapter 8: The College Essay
  • Chapter 9: Optional Interview
  • Chapter 10: Update Letter
  • Chapter 11: Post Submission
  • Section II: Affording College
  • Chapter 12: Financial Aid
  • Chapter 13: Scholarships
  • Section III: Before College Applications
  • Chapter 14: Timeline Before College Applications
  • Chapter 15: Picking High School Courses
  • Chapter 16: Taking Initiative and Starting Projects
  • Chapter 17: Summer Experiences
  • Section IV: Essays that Worked: From Common App to Supplements
  • Chapter 18: Experience Essays
  • Chapter 19: Reflection Essays
  • Chapter 20: Strict Prompt Essays
  • Chapter 21: Short Response
  • Section V: Feedback and Additional Tools