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Congratulations! By coming to the Common App you've already taken the first step towards completing your college applications. Have questions along the way? We're here to help!

While we can’t promise that the journey will be easy, we can certainly make sure that you’re on track with what you need to successfully work your way through the Common App process. You're in the right place.

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part - so we've developed a step-by-step series of videos to help you along the way. In a hurry to get going? Give us a few minutes and we'll give you the information you need to successfully navigate the road to submission.

Watch these first to understand the overall process and the tools available to you...

An Application Overview
Account Creation and Registration
Search and Add Colleges

Completing the FERPA Release Authorization
Assigning Recommenders

     *Bonus material! Need a refresher on writing requirements within the Common App? This resource guide is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know!

Then we'll cover the ins and outs of each section of the Common App...

Completing the Profile Section
Completing the Family Section

Completing the Education Section
Completing the Testing Section

Completing the Activities Section
Completing the Writing Section

The process doesn't end when you submit your application! Check out these resources to learn more about the financial aid process.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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  • Date Created: 07/22/2013
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