College Hunting: Asking The Right Questions


By Amy Le

GoBelieve Journalism & Editorial Intern

The idea of applying for colleges scare a lot of people away mainly because they don’t know where to start. Like any other board game, your starting point or “go” will be at the heart of your school: your guidance counselor's office.

Here are 12 questions that you should be asking your counselor while applying for colleges:

  1. How much do college applications cost and how can I get a fee waiver?

  2. Can you help me set up college tours?

  3. Are there any programs to help me write my college essay?

  4. What is Common App?

  5. What is FAFSA and how do I apply for it?

  6. What is PHEAA and how do I apply for it?

  7. What are some important deadlines I need to keep in mind?

  8. How do I send my SAT/ACT scores to my dream college?

  9. How do I send my transcript?

  10. When can I expect to hear a response from the colleges?

  11. What do I do once I’m accepted?

  12. If I want to take a gap year, can I defer my acceptance?

Remember, college hunting doesn’t have to be stressful if you know where to start.

Before you go,

  1. What do you wish you can do differently in school?

  2. What is encouraging/discouraging you to/from applying for college?