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Ask A CPA - College Planning & Financial Aid

Are There Any Shortcuts In The College Application Process?

Every college institution requires an application to be filed out, which usually includes an essay. Many colleges accept the "Common Application". That means that one application with basic biographical and academic information and an essay can be used for multiple colleges. You may obtain a copy of the common application from your High School guidance counselor. You may also go to to get a copy of the Common Application or even apply on online to more than 1,200 colleges using a single application. You should verify if your desired college or university accepts the Common Application.

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