As students narrow the list of colleges they are interested in, college access professionals should strongly encourage them to review the admissions process, procedures, requirements, credentials and application deadlines. Students need to consider:

  • Standardized test requirements
  • Application due date
  • Letter of recommendation requirements
  • Ways to apply – online, paper or both

As a college access professional, you must be well versed in these options and be ready to assist students through the process. To learn more about the admissions process including common application errors/mistakes, application options, common requirements, and typical college responses, download this Advisor Training Module – Chapter 6


Helpful Admissions & Financial Aid Hints: This example, provided by NCAN member The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, provides tips on applying to college and navigating the financial aid process.

Fee Waiver App: This example, provided by NCAN member Access College Foundation, was utilized as a support tool to assist students in finding fee waivers or paying fees for SAT registrations, ACT registrations, college applications, AP Testing, NCAA Clearinghouse and CSS Profile.

College Board Fee Waiver: In the 2014-15 academic year, the College Board announced every income-eligible senior who takes the SAT or SAT Subject Test using a fee waiver would receive four college application fee waivers from the College Board. This page covers some frequently asked questions about college application fee waivers.

NACAC Fee Waiver: Students who have limited financial resources and meet the requirements may use a NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form when applying for college. The form helps ensure that access to college is possible for all students. The form is for traditional high school students applying to postsecondary colleges or universities in the fall immediately following high school graduation.

American College Application CampaignLaunched by the American Council on Education (ACE), the American College Application Campaign is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a postsecondary education. The purpose is to help high school seniors navigate the college admissions process and ensure that each participating student submits at least one admissions application. Special focus is placed on assisting students who would be the first in their families to attend college and students who may not have otherwise seriously considered applying to college.

The Campaign is conducted state by state and is typically held in early November. However, there may be variations of the scheduled week in order to accommodate the individual needs of a state. While activities may vary from state to state, everyone is striving toward the common goal of providing every graduating seniors an opportunity to apply to college. The American College Application Campaign can open the door for students by encouraging them to take a significant step toward college in their senior year.

Tip: If you are working with students whose citizenship status mandates that the student may NOT remain in the United States on a permanent basis or if the student is undocumented, it is imperative to work with colleges to become aware of the admission process for international students.