Follow these steps to attend college.

  1. Complete an application form. Many colleges now have an on-line application process. This often requires an application fee. Some college programs require an additional application form (example LPN, RN, Cosmetology, etc).
  2. Apply for on-campus housing. This often requires a deposit.
  3. Complete the on-line Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at as early as October 1st.
  4. Apply for State Aid at
  5. Apply for institutional and local scholarships.
  6. Retake the ACT if needed.
  7. Register for the first orientation/pre-registration period.  This gives more flexibility in class schedule and choice of instructors. 
  8. Attend the 1st day of class.  Some schools drop students from the roster immediately if they miss the 1st class. 
  9. Check the school's attendance policy.  Some schools drop students from the roster immediately after the set number of absences.
  10. Keep your grades up.  Students begin to lose scholarships and financial aid if their grades fall below a set GPA.
  11. REMEMBER, application for financial aid is a yearly process.  You must apply for it every year you plan to receive assistance. Become familiar with the process.