Steps to Apply to College, Financial Aid & Scholarships

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2021 October is College Month Dates at LHS

2021 October is College Month Presentation

Before you start, Research Colleges & Careers:

Step One:  Fill out the college application online.

2021 Michigan Colleges Applications

  • Most students apply to 1 - 5 colleges.
  • Look for the "first-year", "freshman", or "undergraduate" application.
  • Use the University application and NOT Common App when possible.

Step Two:  Log into your Naviance Account

Request Transcript (required for all college apps) & Letter of Recommendation


  1. Click on the Google Apps or waffle icon to log into Naviance Student. 
  2. Click on "Colleges I'm Applying To".
  3. IF you used the Common App, click on "Match Accounts", then click on the box next to each college and click +Request Transcripts.
  4. Request your transcript by clicking on the red + sign to add each college that you applied to.  
  5. Request letters of recommendation by clicking on the letters of recommendation section link at the bottom of the page.

Step Three:  Send your "Official SAT Scores"

To send "official" SAT scores, visit .  

Step Four:  Pay the Application Fee

Free/Reduced Lunch?  You can request up to 4 fee waivers from your school counselor.  

Click here for a list of all Michigan College Application Fees and fee waiver codes for October.

Step Five:  Playing Sports in College?

Division I?  Register at

Division II?  Register at

NAIA?  Register with the NAIA Eligibility Center at  

Step Six:  Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You can start completing the FAFSA on October 1.

The priority deadline for Michigan students is March 1.

LHS FAFSA Filing Event is Oct. 27 in West Media Center from 6 - 7:30 pm.

EMU FAFSA Filing Event Information

Steps to Complete FAFSA

  1. Collect the information and documents you need to complete the FAFSA.
  2. Set up an FSA ID for yourself.  Have one parent set up an FSA ID for themselves.
  3. Complete the FAFSA with a parent.
  4. The FAFSA needs to be completed every year.

Types of Financial Aid

  • Grants and Scholarships—financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid.  Grants are usually based on income and scholarships are usually based on achievement.
  • Work-study—a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school
  • Loans—borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest.  Federal loans and Parent loans are available with the FAFSA and are usually lower interest than other private loans.

Step Seven:  Research Scholarships


  • Research Local, State and National scholarships on the LHS Scholarship Website.
  • Research "Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen" and "Private Scholarships" at the college you plan to attend.