Admissions

Options for HS Junior Who Was Told That College Would Be Unaffordable

Raw Pixel

I am finishing my junior year and never thought I would be able to go to college, so I never really investigated anything about it. My mother always just said "we can't afford it." But a teacher of mine told me basically how financial aid works and indicated that it's possible I could go to college for almost nothing because of my family's financial situation (my father died 10 years ago, my mother is on disability). And in looking at it, I actually have enough saved up from Social Security from my father's death to finish almost three years of state school even if I don't get financial aid. So now I'm thinking maybe I should apply and see what happens. But my understanding is that I'm pretty late to this process. How do I start with the application process knowing that I'm finishing 11th grade and I've done nothing so far? Are there some basic steps I should take to be ready to apply this fall?

Keep reading Show less
Find Your Best Fit
Find your best fit college and track your favorite colleges.
FORUMS
Connect with your future classmates
GUIDANCE
Offer not stacking up? These articles may help
GUIDANCE
Expert advice and answers to common SAT and ACT questions