Prepare for College: Grade 12

It’s time to start preparing for the college application process. Here’s how to be prepared for your school’s College Application Week in the fall of your senior year. Download a PDF version of this checklist. ___Explore college majors. Many applications will require that you choose a major or specific area you will study. Think about your

Are you ready for College Application Month?

You have spent the last twelve years in school preparing for life after high school—now is the time to put those plans into motion! It’s officially time for you to apply to college. There are a lot of options out there, and it can be a little overwhelming. The Delaware College Application Month Student Checklist,

Prepare for College: Grade 10 & 11

College applications include your grades and activities beginning with ninth grade.  Here are some things you can do now to prepare for your education after high school. Download a PDF version of this checklist. ___Ask for help. Talk to your school counselors, teachers, family members, or mentors about your plans for college and ask about their experience. Ask where they went to college and what they studied. ___Create a Student Success Plan through CareerCruising. Use the Career Matchmaker, My Skills, and Learning Styles inventories to explore your interests and learn more about possible majors.

Financial Aid 101

How to Pay for College Now is the time to start learning about financial aid. Here are some tips about paying for college. What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Completing the FAFSA is the first step in receiving financial aid. The FAFSA application is used by the U.S. Department of Education

The 2017-18 State of Delaware scholarship application is open

To encourage and help graduating seniors and other residents prepare themselves for their future, the Delaware Department of Education offers various scholarships and programs to help pay for college. Listed on this page are scholarships for the 2017–18 school year administered by the Delaware Department of Education’s Higher Education Office. To see eligibility requirements and

The Delaware Scholarship Compendium is now online!

Wouldn’t it be great if all information on college scholarships for Delaware students was listed in one place online? Well, it is! The 2015-2016 Delaware Scholarship Compendium: A Guide for College-Bound Students is now available online. This website is a great source of information on money for college. Visit

Before stepping onto campus: Get ready for your freshman year

Now that you have been accepted, here are a few tasks you’ll need to do to prepare for that first day  on your college campus. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete each step. If you hit a roadblock or need help over the summer, ask your parents, family, friends, high school counselors, teachers, or university admissions/financial aid officers for help. Ten steps to prepare for college (download printable version with additional tips)

Myths about financial aid

Ready for college, but not sure how to pay for it? Don't let these myths about federal student aid keep you from applying for and getting money to help pay for college. Visit for more information.

What is the difference between a need-based and merit-based financial award?

The amount of need-based assistance for which your family qualifies is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines an individual family's Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), which influences the amount of state and federal dollars a family is eligible to receive. Need-based monies include loans that must be repaid over

College campus visits and what to expect

Visiting a campus in person offers students and their families the opportunity to experience the school firsthand, to form impressions, and assess if it’s a good match. Though specific activities vary by campus, students typically may tour the campus (families are welcome to join the tour as well), interview with an admission officer, attend a class, eat in the dining hall, meet with a coach or conductor, and stay overnight in a residence hall. Always ask in advance what to expect when you schedule a visit, so that you will not be disappointed when you arrive. The best advice is to remember that this is your child’s college search, even though your role in the process is a crucial one.