COMMON APPLICATION TUTORIAL
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLEGES?
Public colleges are funded by the government, and usually offer lower tuition rates for students who are residents of the state where the college is located.
Private colleges rely mainly on tuition, fees and private sources of funding. Their tuition rates are the same for everyone and tend to be higher than public college tuition. Private donations can sometimes provide generous financial aid packages for students.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR USING THE COMMON APPLICATION
First, determine which among the colleges you’re applying to accept the Common Application. Then:
Go to https://www.commonapp.org/Application/RegisterApplicant.aspx to register
Continue on to submit your application online
You will be prompted to submit each individual school’s fee; you can choose to pay via credit card, fee waiver (if eligible), or money order
Certain schools may require additional supplements to be filled out
Your counselor must send in your transcript and recommendations to each individual school. The counselor can decide to send this information electronically or via mail.
Your teacher(s) must send in your recommendation to each individual school. The teacher can decide to send this electronically or via mail.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR PRIVATE COLLEGES?
The Common Application is a great way for students to save time when applying to private schools. Currently applicants may use the common application to apply to any of 625 member colleges and universities in 47 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, China, and many European countries; students applying to any of these schools can simply complete one common application and submit it to each school rather than completing each institution's individual application. These institutions give equal consideration to applicants using the common application and each college's own form. This application can be completed online and should be given to Mr. Makris in early December for proofreading prior to submission. Official transcripts and other confidential application materials will then be sent online by the College Office via Naviance to each college to which you have applied.
Many institutions that use the common application may also require supplemental application materials, which sometimes include a specific writing assignment. If a college requires a supplemental application to the common application, students should submit these materials to Mr. Makris in early December along with their common application.
Fees for each common application institution will vary as per institution. Fee waivers are available for all eligible students, and some private institutions automatically waive application fees for students who apply online.