College, Applications, and FAFSA From a Senior’s Perspective

The pressure is on as seniors scramble to get things done on time. Students share their college application processes and outlook on college in general. Photo By: Itzel Mendoza Lopez

The 2020-21 school year has been a roller-coaster ride for everybody, specifically the class of 2021. They are rushing around trying to figure out what they’re doing with their lives after their chaotic last year of high school.

“I do plan on going to college, but it won’t be this year,” said senior Luis Villegas-Martinez. “I am not doing too well with the online school. So, I will be taking a break from school probably until face to face classes restart.”

Many changes have taken place in the last 10 months of not being able to go to school: no face to face learning, no proms, no dances, no sports, no graduation ceremonies, or any important test taking.

One thing that hasn’t stopped is the completion of college applications.

“I have filled about 20 college applications,” said senior Ahjale’ Lykes.

College applications normally have a fee, some don’t. This year specifically, some fees are being waived due to the pandemic. 

“None of them cost me any money, due to me having a fee waiver,” said senior Avery Hill.

Due to some college application fees being waived, some seniors are a little less stressed.

“The most money I paid for a college application this year was probably about $20,” said senior Samaya Plater. 

Although, some application fees were waived, some weren’t. 

“The most amount of money I paid for one college application [University of Connecticut] was around $80,” said Lykes.

College adviser Jamie Park’s job at Everett is to help seniors figure out everything about getting from high school to college. She has helped multiple students fill out college applications this year. She helped them over email, due to not being able to be face to face.

College applications can be expensive, but the application fee does not compare to tuition. 

“College application fees depend on which schools they are applying to and if they would be in-state, but the most expensive out of state tuition fees are around $75,000 a year,” said Park.

To help with college costs, students fill out the FAFSA form. The deadline for the 2021-22 FAFSA is March 1, and seniors should be starting the process of filling it out. This is something that Park can help with, as well. If you have college-related questions, Park can be reached at adviceeverett@gmail.com.

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