Boulder Valley School District

College Preparation

Interested in going to college, but are not sure what to do next? We've pulled some resources together to get you started.

The Steps

1. Explore

There are a lot of outstanding Colleges and Universities. Some might meet students interests and needs better than others.

It is a great idea to start early in exploring post-secondary schools by visiting their campuses and websites.

2. Fill Out FAFSA

Colleges and universities can be pricey. Early on, many students will want to fill in the U.S. Department of Education's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. It will be required later in the process when students are applying for financial aid, including grants, work-study, and loans.

3. Fill Out the Application

Once you've selected the schools you are interested in, look for their application online or in person. It will typically ask you for some basic personal information about yourself and your high school life, including opportunities to share about learning, athletics and activities you've participated in.

It will also provide information about additional materials that may be required and timelines.

It is always a good idea to apply to multiple schools and to ensure that your materials are submitted in a timely fashion. You will want to start the process on the right foot.

4. Write an Admissions Essay

In many cases, you will be asked to write an essay. Typically the school will provide more than one option to choose from.

Have a few people proofread your essay, before submitting.

4. Interview, if necessary

For some post-secondary schools there will be a rigorous application process, which may include interviews.

5. Acceptance Letter

Post-secondary schools will send you a letter letter letting you know if you have been accepted. It is okay to wait a little bit to see all of your options -- but once you've made your selection, you'll want to accept their offer of admission, prior to their deadline.

After this, you should get materials about registration, housing and meal plans and much, much more. It is important to pay attention to this paperwork.

6. Establish Financial Aid

Throughout this process, students who will require financial assistance should consider applying for scholarships and the financial aid offered by schools.

There are a lot of opportunities, some of which we've offered on this page.

Financial Aid for College

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The federal financial aid application process

U.S. Department of Education
Financial information on federal programs

FinAid! (A Monster Company)
Comprehensive collection of financial aid

Career, college and financial aid information

Nation's leading provider of education loans

Scholarship Information

Scholarship info tied to the Sallie Mae Corp

fastweb! (free scholarship search)

FinAid! (free scholarship search)

Free scholarship/college searches and planning help

CollegeNET Mach25
Database awards totaling over $1.6 billion

Fast Aid
Free private sector scholarship search

SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards
Investment programs for parents

College Tool Kit
Scholarships and financial aid

Minority Scholarships

Important Note: The Boulder Valley School District does not endorse organizations and individuals listed (other than BVSD programs).

Individuals and organizations have not been screened in any way.

The Boulder Valley School District assumes no responsibility for the actions or abilities of any groups or individuals listed herein.