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12 Myths about the College Prep Process

In honor of 12/12/12, I compiled a list of 12 common myths about the college prep process. It is important to make sure future college students and families have accurate information to make the best decision regarding college selection and financing college.

Make sure you don’t get distracted with these misconceptions!

  1. It is okay to wait until 12th grade to prepare for college.
  2. You can’t negotiate with the financial aid department.
  3. Volunteer experience isn’t really that important on a college application.
  4. You can still get into college with bad grades as long as you have extracurricular activities.
  5. If you have a 3.5 grade point average, you don’t have to worry about getting into top tier colleges.
  6. If you get into college before spring on your senior year of high school, you don’t have to worry about maintaining good grades anymore.
  7. Once you send in your college application, the college preparation process is complete.
  8. A more expensive college means you will pay more out-of-pocket costs.
  9. If you have a grade point average below 3.0, you don’t have any chance of getting into college.
  10. College admissions staff members don’t look at your social media accounts when reviewing your college application.
  11. You should only apply for financial aid if your parents make below $50,000.
  12. Students don’t need any help from their parents, school staff, or community organizations in the college preparation process.

There are certainly more than 12 myths about the college prep process. List any myths I haven’t included in this blog post below.

If you know students or families preparing for college who need scholarships, share these tips and strategies!

About the author

Ashley Hill is a Scholarship Search Strategist who is passionate about teaching stressed and overwhelmed corporate moms how to pay less for their college bound child’s college education so that they can help their children to get into their best-fit college with ease. She is the author of The Ultimate Guide for Finding and Winning More Money for College Now and The Ultimate Guide for Finding and Winning More Money for College Now: Nursing Edition.

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