Wednesday, 08 01, 2012
Some colleges, especially private schools, require an essay before deciding whether to admit high school seniors as college freshmen. That essay may also help when it comes to paying for college, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
Generally, the more exclusive the college, the more important the essay may be in admissions and financial aid decisions.
Essays allow schools to learn more about students than just the application shows. That gives writers a chance to set themselves apart.
Students should devote a great deal of time and consideration to their admissions essays. Colleges are looking for students who can express themselves clearly, using proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. It may take several drafts to get it right, but the essay needs to be well written and free of errors. Students should have others, including teachers, school counselors and parents, proofread and review the essay before final submission. The better the essay, the better a student’s chance of being accepted at a top school.
KHEAA is the state agency that administers Kentucky’s student aid programs, including the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES).
To find links to other useful education websites, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7372.