Your first year of college probably looks very different from what you expected, and it has probably been quite a challenge to adapt to an experience that is far from what you imagined. We want to make sure you still have the resources you need to be successful in college.
Common App is a trusted resource to help students navigate the college admission process, but we know that many students who have now started college also need continued support navigating these new and unanticipated circumstances.
To help you navigate some of these challenges, we’ve compiled a series of resources that can provide assistance in a variety of areas - emergency grant funding, mental health resources, and much more.
Earlier this year, the team at Better Make Room teamed up with ATTN to highlight the unique experiences of students navigating many of the challenges a first year of college can bring.
Need help navigating your first year of college? No matter what challenges you might be facing, we’re here to help point you in the right direction to help ease some of that burden.
Succeeding in the first year in college takes dedication and focus, and this year has certainly made both incredibly challenging.
Did you know that you can access free college advising using your mobile phone? Common App has joined forces with AdmitHub and College Advising Corps to deliver free college advising to students like you.
- Get tips and advice. You'll get two or three messages each week that will give you tips and advice to stay on track for reaching your college goals.
Ask all the questions. We've got answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the college admission process. Respond to any of the messages you receive and we'll get back to you with an answer.
Get live help. If you ever need to speak with a real person, we'll connect you with one of the College Advising Corps trained college advisers to get you the advice you need.
Paying for college should never be a distraction from succeeding in college. As you think about you will finance your college education, be sure to do your research, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Check out these resources to help you finance your education:
You also might be eligible for the below scholarship opportunities:
- The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over two years) awarded to a student who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall.
- The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) for a student who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall.
We know there's still a lot of uncertainty right now about what college will look like in the future. But it's still so important to plan out how you will pay for college.
You can start your FAFSA by visiting StudentAid.gov.
It's never too early - or too late - to think about how to pay for your education.