Prospective students should take note of deadlines for items such as the school application, financial aid, and test score submission, as schedules and deadlines for online programs may differ from on-campus offerings.
You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to obtain federal loans, grants and work-study jobs. Almost all students who apply for financial aid are eligible in some form. Due to the complex nature of the FAFSA and financial aid, many schools have counselors to guide prospective students through the process.
Online students will likely need to complete the Common Application, which is accepted by nearly 900 schools, including some universities outside the United States. Applicants are typically required to submit an essay or statement of some kind. Prospective students with work experience should highlight their professional skills in their application. Admissions officers are looking for essays that showcase the applicant’s personality, and a good way to do this is to include a memorable anecdote.
Letters of recommendation are often requested from online undergraduates. These can come not only from teachers and educational advisors, but also from current or previous employers who can attest to the student’s work ethic.
Students may be required to submit SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts, and, depending on program requirements, previous work experience and previously earned credit hours.
Students who arrive with college credits may be exempt from taking the SAT or ACT if sufficient credits transfer.