College Applications

Counselors at CEC Early College help students through the college application process. We host our very own College Fair in the fall for students to talk to college admission representatives and Application Days where students can get assistance completing college applications.

Transcript Requests:

Once students complete their college applications they must request their high school transcript to be sent to the school. A college application is not complete until this is done. Students request transcripts through NAVIANCE.

How do I request transcripts on Naviance?

Fee Waivers:

If students qualify for free/reduced lunch CEC Early College can send a Fee Waiver to waive college application fees. Please be sure to check the fee waiver box when you request transcripts on Naviance. We will automatically send a fee waiver with your transcripts.

Letters of Recommendation:

Some colleges and scholarships require letters of recommendations from teachers/counselors. Please fill out the form below and allow at least 2 weeks for teachers/counselors to write the recommendations. Don't forget to thank them for taking them time to write you a recommendation!

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Types of Admissions and Applications

Early Decision:It is not an obligation to be taken lightly, since Colleges honor one another's binding decisions. If you renege on an early decision obligation to one school, it is unlikely that another competitive school will accept you. Students can seek release from an early decision obligation on the grounds of financial hardship, if the financial aid package they are offered is genuinely inadequate; however, the burden of proof in these cases is on the student. (By the way, an important drawback to early decision admissions is that they leave applicants with no leverage to negotiate a better financial aid package – the school knows you can't go anywhere else.) Early decision applicants are expected to submit only one early decision application to one school. They can submit applications to other Colleges under normal application procedures, but agree that they will withdraw all those applications if they are accepted to the early decision school.

Early Action:Early admissions programs, which do not ask applicants to commit to attending if they are accepted are generally known as Early action (EA) programs. They give students the benefits of early notification without the obligations of early decision. Even if accepted, students are free to apply to other Colleges and to compare financial aid offers.

Rolling Admission: Colleges that use rolling admissions accept applications until they’ve filled all the spots in their freshman class.
Decisions are then made on a case-by-case basis and you’ll usually hear back within 4 to 8 weeks. However, some colleges accept applications under a rolling-admission policy and then send out decisions all at once.
There may also be less competition, but this depends on you. If you apply in December, the school won’t wait until March to compare you with all the other applicants and you could actually improve your chances of being accepted. Remember though, the reverse also holds true: the later you apply, the more competition there may be for fewer spots. Procrastinators beware! There is a lot of truth to that old saying, “You snooze, and you lose!” Applying to a school with rolling admissions late in the game can also impact your financial aid offer. A school’s admission and aid policies are not one and the same. In fact, they usually come from offices that are nowhere near one another. If you’re accepted after the free money’s been doled out, you could be out of luck and limited to taking out loans.

Regular Admission:Colleges using this plan generally have a January, February or March application deadline and notify all of the applicants at the same time (No later than April 15).

Common Application: It means that students can fill in one form either in printed version or online and send this application form to over 400 Common Application member colleges/universities. Click below to access the Common Application website https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx We generally recommend students use the Common Application only if that is the only application the college accepts or if a student is applying to more than two Common App schools.