Apply to School

Applying to college can help you meet your life and career goals.  Colleges have conditions for enrollment.

Do a good job on your applications. Check into tests to get into the school.  Get help from the school if you need it to apply.

Tips for Applying to College
  • Read your mail.
    Check mail from schools immediately. A letter might tell you how to register for classes. Financial aid information might also be mailed. School letters often have important dates. Ask a career coach for help, if needed.
  • Choose several schools.
    Apply to up to six different schools for degree programs. It's good to have a back-up plan in case your first choice falls through. If you can't afford to pay the application fees, ask if you can have them waived.
  • Apply.
    Make a checklist of each school's admission steps. Ask for help from your family or career coach to organize your lists. Most schools have application deadlines. Know what day each application is due. Ask each school what their deadlines are. Keep all of your school information in one place.

Illinois Schools, National Schools, Apprenticeships and Financial Aid
Log into the Career Information System's   ReNEW as an Illinois resident. Select Illinois Schools, National Schools, or Apprenticeships. There are nearly 5,000 schools in ReNEW. You can also use School Sort and put in what you want to find schools by majors, location, tuition, etc. ReNEW can compare schools side by side for you. It can also create print and email letters to request applications.

To pay for your education select Financial Aid and Financial Aid Sort. There are state and local grants, loans, and scholarships as well as national ones. You can sort them online to find which ones may be likely matches. Almost all have websites for more information.


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