Every student thinking about furthering their education goes through the same process. Asks themselves the same questions. Has the exact same doubts and apprehensions. What are my interests and what do I want to major in? Is a minor necessary? What documents are required? Do I have to take the SATs or ACTs? What schools offer these programs? Do I want to live on campus or off? How much is it going to cost and how will I pay for it? The first thing you need to do is TAKE A DEEP BREATH and know IT. IS. NORMAL.
In uncertain times for our country the college selection process just became that much more complex for students and their families. COVID-19 added a huge new learning curve for everyone. Including Colleges and Universities. Where you were once encouraged to come on campus and “take a look” and “have a feel for yourself,” you are now virtually cruising through campus and experiencing it through a screen. So how do you know if you’re making the “right choice” or researching the “right way”? What? Where? When? How? Well…that’s where we come in.
RUBIQUEST is your one stop shop and answer to all the unanswered questions you have. We are here to make the college selection process a breeze. With over 1300+ Colleges and Universities to choose from, spread over 1800+ cities (some schools offer multiple locations) and 200+ majors; there is no doubt we can help guide you to where your future is headed. When you create an account with RUBIQUEST you answer questions about the one thing you know best, YOU. How easy is that? The key to success is finding that one place where YOU feel comfortable and confident and will be successful. Our software compiles the answers to the questions you answered pertaining to your interests and goals and matches them to the schools that best suits your desired educational path and career goals.
The college selection process is often looked at as a stressful and daunting experience. RUBIQUEST takes the headache out of that practice and brings exciting, fun times to the students’ future by engaging the household. COVID-19 has brought most students and their families together to work and play at the kitchen table anyway; so what better time to take a look at how we can streamline the college selection process for you than now.
So you’ve been matched with schools, now what? Open the lines of communication! Communication is key in knowing what is next in the Enrollment process at any institution. Remember, each school will be different in their requirements for admission, so make a to-do list, strive to achieve goals and set reminders. Be accountable and reliable. Talk to your Admissions Advisor about any concerns you may have and be active in the process. COVID-19 has changed the dynamic of the recruitment process for them as well and they want to work with you as much as conceivable to ensure the process is as smooth a transition as possible. Most colleges and universities have been very proactive in ensuring their prospective students “feel” part of the institution before they arrive this upcoming Fall semester. Schools have invested their time setting up virtual tours of campus, made videos highlighting their faculty, staff and current students in what makes their institution stand out and have extended their social media networks to ensure prospective students feel connected.
Does my admissions essay truly matter? In short, yes. Any document required for the Admissions process matters. Don’t be afraid to open up and be you. The only people reading those documents are the ones you submit them to. If you are concerned about everyone knowing your business, don’t be, they won’t share your story. Make it interesting and make it stand out. Remember, your goal is acceptance into that college or university. Your essay could be the document that gets you accepted, so go for it!
Enrollment into any college or university doesn’t stop at Admissions. Ask your Admissions Advisor to introduce you to a Financial Aid Counselor as well. It’s critical to know how much it is going to cost you to attend any institution of higher learning but, you also need to learn how to pay for it as well. Don’t forget to ask them about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it is one of the most intimidating processes during the entire matriculation process, but it could end up being your ticket to affording your school of choice!
Here’s what you need to know…The FAFSA is a FREE Application for Federal Student Aid. It is a FREE service. Just like the services at RUBIQUEST. You will not pay any money to complete this document and if you do, please know, it’s a scam! Your first step in completing this document is setting up a FSA ID username and password. This is how you will electronically sign ANY financial aid document from now going forward. For any student younger than 24 years of age, parental information will be required unless extenuating circumstances can be documented. When you complete the FAFSA, ultimately you are applying for the Federal PELL grant. Your eligibility for the Federal PELL grant is dependent on the information you provide on the FAFSA. Several factors go into the algorithm to determine your eligibility but, is predominantly determined by household size and income. Please know, there is a max to your PELL grant eligibility per academic year and over the course of your lifetime.
By completing the FAFSA as well, you will have access to Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized student loans. Your Financial Aid Counselor will be able to go over the specifics each year to these loans and eligibility with you. However, it is important to know that you are eligible for a specific dollar amount each academic year based off of your academic grade level. You also have lifetime loan limits you can not exceed. Please keep open lines of communication with your Financial Aid Counselor as well to alleviate over bowering for your education if needed to reduce student debt post-graduation. The Financial Aid Counselors will also be able to assist in alternative loan financing in the event there is a gap in tuition that needs to be fulfilled, discuss the potential for the Federal Parent PLUS loan and also refer you to Business or Bursar Offices for payment plans.
Upon completion of the FAFSA, many students tend to forget to complete their state grant application. Know that when you complete the FAFSA, you are applying for federal student aid. Completing your state grant application, extends your eligibility for additional free financing options through the state in which you reside. Even if you will be attending an institution in another state, it is encouraged to complete it, as some states work with others in what is called a Reciprocal State Grant program. Therefore, at the completion of your FAFSA, under the “print this page” icon, click on your state grant link to go to the next step in your financial aid process.
Applying for scholarships is an additional way to help finance your education. Almost every school you apply to will have some sort of institutional aid whether it be through athletics, academics or donors. Ask how you can apply for these opportunities. The worst they are going to say is no in that they don’t have any available. The best they will do is offer up the next steps. You can also talk to your teachers, guidance counselors, employer and community leaders for the prospect of funding options. RUBIQUEST also takes great pride in awarding scholarship opportunities to students looking to further their education.
With all the ways RUBIQUEST can help ease the burden of the college search, outreach and potential for financial help, why wouldn’t you want to reach out? Simply click the drop down menu and contact us today! You won’t regret it!