How to Apply to Colleges at Shorewood
Use the menus below to find the instructions you need, and/ or view the student presentation given to Senior English Classes: Apply to College at Shorewood Fall 2019.
Senior Family College Application Night presentation 9.27.2018
All students applying to college (4-year or 2-year) will use Naviance as their application manager.
Naviance is how Shorewood knows:
- where you are applying;
- when you are doing so;
- what materials you need.
Determine Application TypeTo figure out the type of application your schools use, do both of the following:
The application section of a college website will tell you not only if the college has its own application or uses the Common or Coaltion Applications. It will also tell you all of the fine print about application elements. Since college applications vary so much, it is imperative that you read and follow instructions on each college's website.
- Add schools to your Colleges I'm Applying To list in Naviance and look at the icons using the key below. If there is a "?" you have a choice and need to decide which choice you will make and indicate that in Naviance.
- Check each college's website. The sequence is usually Admissions > Apply > First Year Application.
Complete Common App if needed
If you have Common App Schools, create a Common App account
Match the Common App with Naviance only after your Senior Year Has Begun
Directions for the FERPA Waiver: Download FERPA and the Common Application for step-by-step instructions.Notify Your Counselor
Complete Coalition App if needed
If you have Coalition Schools, create a Coalition accountGo go to mycoalition.org and create an account.Request any items needed (transcripts, letters) in Naviance if there is a way to do so.
Add Schools to Your Colleges I'm Applying To List
Add schools to your Colleges I'm Applying To List in Naviance
Select Application Deadlines
Select Application Types
Select Application Method (Common App, independent)
Select How You Will Submit Your Application
In the Transcript Dialog:Select add rIgnore the option to include unofficial scores. Shorewood does not send scores.
- Colleges > Resources (on left side) > Transcripts > Request Transcripts for my college applications.
- Colleges I'm Applying To > request transcripts (just under the title)
Formalize Letter of Recommendation Requests
Request Letters of Recommendation in Naviance only after you have talked with teachers. Ask only if you need letters; many schools do not require them.
For complete instructions, see the Letters of Recommendation page.
Formalize the Requests in Naviance for Teacher letters only
Review Naviance Application List
Review your Application List
Keep Naviance Updated
Keep Naviance Updated when
Official Score Reports (most schools)
Have your Test Scores Sent
Unofficial Reports (some schools; here's how to find out)A few colleges accept unofficial scores directly from the student. Accepted reporting methods vary by school. Check the fine print on each college's website and refer to:Please note that you will have to provide official test score reports when requested and during the enrollment process.Never lie about scores or anything else on college applications. You will be found out and any acceptance will be rescinded.
Send Scores through Coalition AppIf you are applying using the Coalition Application, you can send your scores along with your application. This step is new for the fall of 2019.When you go to the SAT/ ACT section of the Profile section in the Coalition App, you will be asked "If you would like to send your SAT and SAT Subject test scores to colleges via MyCoalition, you may begin that process on the Send Test Scores page." click the link for the page, and you will first be prompted to link your College Board account with your Coalition account, and then you can go through the process to order official score reports for your colleges.
If you have a College Board fee waiver, you can send scores to an unlimited number of colleges, even schools that aren’t members of the Coalition at no cost.
FAFSAMost families will fill out the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
For more information on how Financial Aid and the FAFSA work, see other pages on this site:
- Only use the site fafsa.ed.gov.
- The application opens October 1 of every year, and must be filed every year for a student to be eligible for aid.
- Fill out the FAFSA that corresponds with the college start date. The Shorewood Class of 2019 will fill out the 2019-2020 FAFSA starting the fall of 2018.
- You will use the prior prior year tax information. For the 2019-2020 FAFSA, families will use 2017 tax information.
WASFASome students will fill out the WASFA instead of the FAFSA.The WASFA is for public and private, not-for-profit colleges in Washington State only, not colleges in other states.Refer to the image below to determine which form you should file:If you are not certain, go to readysetgrad.wa.gov/wasfa and click Start a New WASFA. The form begins with several questions and when completed, you will be told to either to proceed with the WASFA or to file the FAFSA instead.
CSS ProfileCSS ProfileSome schools use the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA.The profile is completed through the College Board. Families will use cssprofile.collegeboard.org to find out more and to file the form.To figure out if your school requires the CSS Profile, check both the site linked above for the most updated list and each college's website. Look under the Financial Aid section to find out the required applications (FAFSA / WASFA only or FAFSA and CSS Profile) and the deadlines.
Includes Naviance screen shots to walk you through various tasks.