applying for University ( 4 year Degree- Approx 120 credits)
college timeline activities
1. Narrow Down the colleges that you want to apply for: (Choose 3 colleges within reach and 1 that will be a stretch).
Make sure that you have the ballpark credentials to apply: (GPA, SAT scores)
College Selectivity Chart
Search colleges by program, location, degrees: Click here The College Scoreboard compares programs and admission information.
Compare the cost between colleges - look up tuition and multiply by 120 credits/ Bachelor's degree, 60 credits for an Associate's Degree
For example: OCC $109/60 credits: $6,540 + books (no room and board), MSU $568/120 credits: $68, 160+ books/room and board
Michigan College Application specifics, by school (browse)
Visit the Campus in person or take a Virtual College Tour - consider size, location (urban or rural) distance from family
**********OCTOBER is College Application Month in Michigan and many college waive their application fee. Click Here for a list of colleges waiving fees this year.
2. Complete the online Application for Admissions by going to the college website. (Undergraduate Admissions).
If required, complete the essay in word or google- have it reviewed by OSTC or HS English staff.
3. Submit your transcripts via Parchment
Go to www.Parchment.com and create a user id. Request records to be sent to college you are applying.Click here for instructions.
You do NOT have to request transcripts from OSTC, because we are part of your high school transcripts.
5. Get help paying for college
Whether you want a loan, which must be repaid or a grant (not repaid) or a scholarship to help pay for college, you must complete the FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
- The first step is to complete the FAFSA and include school codes at least six months before you plan to start classes.
- TIPS (Tuition Incentive Program)- Check Eligibility requirements for Medicaid recipients by calling 1-888-447-2687 or visiting MiSSG Student Portal at michigan.gov/missg.
- MRS (Michigan Rehabilitation Services)-To quality, students must have a current IEP ( Individualized Education Plan).
- Scholarships: Be sure to apply before deadlines. Check counseling office for local scholarships. Please see the Financial Aid/Scholarship Tab.
At the time of testing, you will have the option to request up to three schools to receive a copy of your ACT or SAT scores. If you need to request additional schools, you will have to pay. Please go to the testing websites.
www.collegeboard.org for SAT Scores. How do I send scores? Click here for instructions.
www.act.org for ACT scores.
7. Commit to the college of your choice (after letter of acceptance has been sent) by sending in the payment required to enroll you.
It is recommended that all new students visit the campus and attend an orientation session. Information will be sent to you after you have committed to enrolling.
8. Meet with a counselor
A college counselor will help you maximize your experience by working with you to create an academic plan. If you have attended another college (while in high school) it is a good idea to bring a copy of your unofficial transcript from each school to this meeting.
9. Register for classes
Register for classes online.
Detailed information about how to register is available through the college website.
10. Pay your bill
You must pay for your classes in full or have a college-approved financial arrangement in place by the designated payment due date noted in the Schedule of Classes. Students who do not meet the payment due date are subject to being deleted from their course registration.
11. Buy your books
Go to your campus bookstore or order online to purchase books. Remember to have your class schedule in order to purchase the correct books!
12. Go to class!
You are expected to attend all classes in which you are enrolled. If you don't attend or stop attending and fail to drop the class before its refund deadline, you will be responsible for all tuition and fees.
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