College Application Info for October

Arizona Colleges with no Application Fees

Many colleges do not require an application fee to be admitted as a student.  

  • This site helps you find schools in your area that do not require application fees, information regarding the cost to attend, and other information about the school.  
  • Some universities have their own fee waiver programs that you would need to apply for to see if you qualify. For example, the University of Arizona has a fee waiver application.  

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)   

  • Every year (starting October 1st) – you are able to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • FAFSA is your ticket to grants, scholarships, and work-study positions that can put college in reach. 
  • It is important for you and your family to fill out the FAFSA in order to be eligible for financial aid at colleges and universities. 

Arizona College Fairs

There are many college fairs available for you to check out before making your final decisions on which colleges to apply to. Here are links to some:

Keep in mind when you are researching colleges… 

  • Check out the school’s website: when you are looking at the schools you are interested in, you can find a lot of information on their website. 
  • It is very important to pay attention to the College Application Deadlines.   
  • Look at the admission requirements, the “Cost to Attend,” and the academic area you are interested in. 
  • Go to that department’s web page and contact an admissions counselor with your questions.  

Other How To’s

  • Requesting a copy of your transcript to include with your applications. The link to request your transcripts can be found on our school web page (at the bottom) as well as using this link.
  • Requesting recommendation letters from your teachers:  Now is the time to request teacher recommendation letters for your applications. Teachers get many requests, so the earlier you submit your request the better in order to meet the college deadlines. Many teachers will communicate with you directly asking about your college plans and applications in order to make the letter as personal and specific as possible to help make your application stand out.  
  • Essays and supplemental materials: Essays required by the college applications give you the opportunity to share your experiences and personality. Be thoughtful about your topic choice, be sure it is something that you want the college to know about you. Always proofread your essay prior to submitting, and if you can ask someone else to proofread your essay as well. 
  • Supplemental information to be aware of when completing an application might be if the process requires an interview and how to schedule that interview. Some majors might require a portfolio or an audition. That information will be on the school’s website under your department of interest, and sometimes those submissions or auditions have different timing than the application.