Archive for September, 2012

Money, Money, Money

Posted: September 27, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in Uncategorized

Scholarships are a form of financial aid that student apply for and do not have to repay. Scholarships are awarded by public and private organizations as well as specific colleges. It is important for students to thoroughly research the institution or organization providing the scholarship and make sure that they are safe with their personal information. Students and families should never pay to apply for a scholarship or to receive scholarship information.

How do I search for scholarships? 

There are many scholarship databases available online and in the community. It is very important that students be smart with their personal information. If you need help with scholarship information or applications, work with your high school counselor to get connected to the right resources.

Start the scholarship search process by completing a profile at each one of these scholarship databases:


Financial Aid

Posted: September 27, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in College Info, Financial Aid

What is financial aid? Financial aid can come in many different forms, but essentially financial aid is money or resources that a student applies for and uses to attend college. Financial aid can be used to pay for everything it takes to be a college student, including paying tuition, food, rent, book, travel, and supplies. The most important thing is that students submit all the right forms on time.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the major form students must submit to be considered for financial aid. It is just one form which is submitted to the federal government and your information is sent to all of the colleges you list. Students and families can use theFAFSA4caster to understand the options available to from the federal government. Simply provide some basic information and the FAFSA4caster will estimate your eligibility for federal student aid. The FAFSA allows students to be considered for the three major types of government awarded financial aid – grants, work study, and loans.

Grants are “free” money that you do not have to pay back. They are considered gift aid and you do not need to work to earn them.

Work-Study is a federal and state program that allows students to earn money to pay for college. If you are awarded work-study money, you need to apply for jobs at your campus (or off campus depending on the college).

Loans are essentially money that you borrow and then pay back over time. There are many different types of loans (including some that do not charge interest while you are in school) so it is important to understand your financial aid award and what you are committing to.

Some colleges may require an additional financial aid form called theCSS/Financial Aid Profile (commonly referred to CSS Profile or the College Board Profile). Contact your potential colleges to see if you need to submit this form.

To learn more about the financial aid process visit:,,

Finding the Right College

Size, location, academic focus, campus life, public vs. private, in-state vs. out-of-state are just a few characteristics which should be considered when selecting a college. There is a college out there for everyone; it just takes time to find the best fit for you. Starting the college search process can begin at any time during high school. Most students begin researching college options during junior year. To explore your college choices and find the right college for you, visit these web sites to search the more than 4,000 options out there.

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The College Application

Posted: September 27, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in College Info

The college application process begins during the fall of a student’s senior year. Application deadlines for colleges range from the middle of November to well into March, so it is important for students to decide where they want to apply and submit their applications and financial aid forms on time. While you can use tools like College Board’s College Matchmaker to learn about a college and their admission information, always contact the college’s admissions office to get the most updated information.

With more than 4,000 different colleges, there is a variety of ways each college actually reviews and selects their students. Only a handful of colleges have a “highly-selective” admissions process. Almost all colleges admit a majority of their applicants. However, students need to be prepared academically (take the right classes and challenge yourself) and socially (get involved with your school and community). These are the most important factors in your application. Talk with each of your potential colleges to learn how they review their applicants so you can do your best in the admissions process. 

You can usually submit an application online or on paper via postal mail. You will most likely be required to send in additional materials, such as test scores and transcripts. Make sure that you complete the entire application and that the college receives everything to make your application complete.

To make sure you are on the right track for your senior year, download a copy of the 12th grade College Readiness Checklist.

Parts of a College Application

  • Personal Information – This section requires you to fill out contact information, parent/guardian information, and demographic information. This is simply a fill-in-the-blank section.
  • Transcript/Grades – Some colleges require you to send official transcripts, while others simply have you self-report your courses and grades in the application itself. This allows the college to see how you have performed academically and how you have challenged yourself.
  • Test Scores – Most colleges will require you to submit official test scores directly from the testing agency. Check with each of your potential colleges to see the best way to report your standardized test scores.
  • Personal Statement/Essay – Many colleges have the opportunity for students to describe who they are beyond test scores and grades and this typically happens in the personal statement. Make sure you spend time writing, revising, and reflecting on the essay prompt.
  • Short Questions/Responses – Colleges can often add additional questions beyond a large personal statement to get to know you even more. Make sure to follow directions and respond to each prompt.
  • Activities Log/ Résumé – To show what you do outside of the classroom, many colleges may ask you to fill out an “activities log” or include a résumé. This allows you to showcase your involvement at your school, community, and personal life.
  • Additional Comments – Students typically have the space to provide any additional information that is not already included in the application itself.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Certain colleges or honors programs at colleges may want to hear from someone that knows you academically or personally and ask that you submit a letter of recommendation. Make sure that you ask your teachers or counselors well ahead of the deadline and provide them with a paid and addressed envelope.

UBer’s … Take the pledge!!!

Posted: September 27, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in College Info, From UB Staff, Fun Stuff, Uncategorized

Become an Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholar!

Posted: September 27, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in Scholarships, Uncategorized


Idaho’s high school juniors can apply now to take part in Idaho’s Science and Aerospace Scholars Program. This will be the fourth year of this great program!

To apply you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen and Idaho resident
  • Be a high school junior with an interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Be at least 16 years of age and have parental permission
  • Commit to all aspects of the ISAS program
  • Have internet access and e-mail (home, school, or public library)