Admission & Financial Aid


Why college

  • A high school degree is not enough for most jobs
  • More education =
    • More money
    • A better chance you will always have a job
    • Opportunities to meet new people

How to get ready

In the Fall Semester: 

  • Talk about college: Attend college fairs and talk with admission counselors from the colleges and universities you're considering.
  • Visit colleges: Continue to visit colleges and attend campus visit programs at the colleges that interest you.
  • Retake college entrance tests: Retake the SAT or ACT to improve your overall score.
  • Apply for admission: Complete applications for admission. Many schools have a November 1 deadline. Make sure to send in all required documentation to complete your application (e.g., official high school transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, letters of recommendation, personal essays). 
  • Apply for scholarships: Work on scholarship applications. Look into local, state and national scholarships. Many colleges offer additional scholarships based on a student's talent. Talk with your admisison counselor and find out if there are any scholarships that match your talents or previous accomplishments. Schedule scholarship auditions with schools you are applying to. 

In the Spring Semester: 

  • File the FAFSA: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at Be sure to file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 to be awarded all aid for which you are eligible. List CUC as your college of choice - our FAFSA code is 001666.
  • Apply for scholarships: Keep working on scholarship applications. Schedule scholarship interviews and auditions.
  • Review your financial awards: Review your financial aid awards from prospective colleges. Contact the admission or financial aid counselors with any questions.
  • Visit colleges: When you're making your final decision, make another visit to confirm your college choice. Most colleges have an admitted student visit day for students who have already been admitted. These programs are designed to help you make your final college choice decision during your senior year. 
  • Make your decision: Decide which college is right for you and submit your enrollment deposit. May 1is the National Candidate Reply Date, the official day when students notify the college they will be attending. Contact all the other colleges that you have applied to and tell them of your final decision.