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Planning for college can be overwhelming with deadlines, tuition costs, applications and more. Here are some key tips and timelines for the college process.

While in High School

  • Take at least 2 years of a foreign language
  • Take challenging course each year of high school
  • Consider AP Courses, Running Start, 4 years of math
  • 4 Year College require entrance Exams
  • PSAT as a sophomore or junior
  • ACT or SAT (See college admissions page for registration information) spring of junior year and/or no later than early fall of senior year (note if you take it spring junior year it will give you time to retake for a better score before it is required for your college application)


2 year colleges

They require a placement test or that may be waived based on your transcript.


4 year college application process

  • All colleges have different deadlines for their applications, it is wise to view the college’s website that you are interested in.
  • There are different application deadlines.
    • Early Action
      • Applications typically due in November or December and are not binding, meaning you can still choose another college if you change your mind.
    • Early Decision
      • Applications typically due in November or December and are binding, meaning you are committed to that college and you cannot accept any other college's offer.
    • Regular Decision
      • Applications typically due no later than February 1 of your graduating year from high school.
  • Entrance exam scores (SAT, ACT, Accuplacer) are typically due no later than the application deadline. They do not have to be sent the same time, however should not be past the application deadline. 

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) has three deadlines; Federal, State, and Institution.

    • Opens October 1 of each year and closes June 30 of the following year
      • Example October 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
    • You must apply every year you are in college to receive aid.
    • Everyone regardless of income should apply.
    • You may be surprised you may receive aid
    • Many scholarships require the SAR (student aid report)


Letters of recommendations


W.U.E. (Western Undergraduate Exchange)/WICHE Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

  • Paying for college tuition whether it is a 4 year or 2 year institution can be overwhelming. Besides grants, work-study and scholarships there is also the option of selecting a college that participates in W.U.E. (Western Undergraduate Exchange) or also called WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). The WUE program is a waiver that allows students within the Western United States region and Pacific Island US Territories to enroll in college at a reduced tuition rate. This applies to undergraduate and graduate degrees, check with the school you are applying to for more details. 
  • Go to W.U.E/WICHE Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education for more information.