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How Do Colleges that Allow Self-Reported Test Scores Help Me?

No Comments 08 December 2017

Applying for colleges gets expensive. It’s not even really large fees that do it, it’s the nickel-and-diming that goes on. There’s the $25 for this application, the $30 for this application here, the gas cost to visit schools… It adds up. There’s one less cost you’ll have to worry about, though, because the number of colleges allowing you to self-report your test scores is increasing!

So, let’s break down what that means. When you take your ACT or SAT, you have a limited number of colleges that they’ll send your results out to, and you have to indicate them within so many days for each test. After that time period has passed, it can cost up to $13 dollars each time you want to send your scores to a college, depending on whether you go through The College Board or ACT. Most colleges currently require that you send official transcripts when submitting your application, and that’s just for consideration. That means that if you apply to six or eight schools, you can end up dishing out almost a full $100 just to be considered. That may not be an option for you, and you shouldn’t be hindered in the application process just because you can’t afford to send test scores to every school you want to apply to.

All of these fees can really add up, and self-reporting helps reduce that!

This is where self-reporting comes in. Institutions, like Colby College, have been allowing students to self-report scores since last year, and it works like this: when you fill out your application, you mark your ACT or SAT score yourself. They’ll consider you based on the information you’ve provided, and, once you’re accepted, and have chosen that college in return, only then will you be required to send over the official transcripts. The first year of self-reported test scores for colleges reportedly went exceedingly well — the concerns about honesty regarding test scores were proven to be totally unfounded. Every student had reported their scores accurately. This opens up more doors for students who come from low-income families, and the trend is catching! 

The University of Washington is the latest addition to the list of over 25 colleges now accepting self-reported test scores, and we at College Greenlight are over the moon about this gap-bridging process! Check out the current list of colleges accepting self-reported test scores in the nifty table below. An ever-growing list of schools participating in this movement is available in this Google Doc maintained by Gabrielle McColgan, the Director of College Counseling at Castilleja School in Palo Alto. We hope more and more institutions are added, effectively opening up more options for you!

Keep in mind that some colleges also allow counselors to report scores to colleges as part of an unofficial process to help low-income students, and a complete list of those institutions is available here. It’s constantly updated by the Princeton Review, so check back periodically. Importantly, never hesitate to call the school you’re interested in applying to and ask how they can make applying affordable! Listed below is just a taste of the colleges you’ll find on the full document, so check out all of your options!


Amherst Collegehttps://www.amherst.edu/admission/apply/firstyear/testing
Augustana Collegehttps://augustana.net/x65310.xml
Babson Collegehttp://www.babson.edu/admission/undergraduate/applying-to-babson/Pages/standardized-testing.aspx
Baylor Universityhttps://www.baylor.edu/admissions/index.php?id=872011
Birmingham-Southern Collegehttps://www.bsc.edu/admission/apply.html
Bowdoin Collegehttp://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/testing-policy.shtml
Carroll Collegehttps://www.carroll.edu/admission-aid/apply
Catawba Collegehttp://catawba.edu/news-events/news/college-news/catawba-college-announces-enhanced-initiatives-assist-applicants/
Champlain Collegehttps://www.champlain.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/how-to-apply-undergraduate/first-year-applicants
Colby Collegehttps://www.colby.edu/admission/apply/first-year/
Colgate Universityhttp://www.colgate.edu/admission-financial-aid/apply/first-year-applicant-checklist
Colorado Collegehttps://www.coloradocollege.edu/admission/application/instructions/
Columbia Universityhttps://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/apply/first-year/testing
Dickinson Collegehttp://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/279/apply
Florida State Universityhttp://admissions.fsu.edu/counselors/
Georgia Techhttp://admission.gatech.edu/freshman/standardized-tests
Hampden-Sydney College (VA)http://www.hsc.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/apply
Harvey Mudd Collegehttps://www.hmc.edu/admission/2017/11/07/harvey-mudd-now-accepting-self-reported-test-scores/
Illinois State Universityhttp://admissions.illinoisstate.edu/counselors/hs/requirements.php
Iowa State Universityhttps://www.admissions.iastate.edu/apply/faq.php
Johns Hopkins Universityhttps://apply.jhu.edu/standardized-test-information/
Kansas State Universityhttp://www.k-state.edu/undergradadmit/qualified_admissions_and_regulations/self_reporting.html
Kenyon Collegehttp://www.kenyon.edu/admissions-aid/how-to-apply/required-submission-of-standardized-testing-score-choice/
Lawrence Universityhttp://www.lawrence.edu/admissions/apply/what_we_consider
New York Institute of Technologyhttps://nyit.edu/admissions/first_year
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineeringhttp://www.olin.edu/admission/apply/process-requirements/
Pomona Collegehttps://www.pomona.edu/admissions/alerts
Saint Anselm Collegehttps://www.anselm.edu/how-apply/first-year-applicants
Southwestern Universityhttp://www.southwestern.edu/live/news/9766-application-faqs
Stanford Universityhttps://admission.stanford.edu/apply/freshman/testing.html
Stevenson Universityhttp://www.stevenson.edu/admissions-aid/admission-requirements/admissions-testing-guidelines.html
Swarthmore Collegehttps://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions-aid/standardized-testing-policy
Texas Christian Universityhttps://admissions.tcu.edu/apply/testing-policy/
University of Hawaii at Manoahttp://manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/freshman.html
University of Chicagohttps://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/apply/application/standardizedtesting
University of Iowahttps://now.uiowa.edu/2012/07/ui-applicants-will-now-self-report
University of Kansashttps://admissions.ku.edu/freshman-requirements-deadlines/applying-to-ku
University of Northern Iowahttps://admissions.uni.edu/undergraduate-admissions-checklist
Washington University at St. Louishttps://admissions.wustl.edu/apply_site/Pages/Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx
Williams Collegehttps://admission.williams.edu/apply/
Worcester Polytechnic Institutehttps://www.wpi.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply/how-to/self-reported-test-scores


Money, Scholarships

Scholarships for Low-Income, High-Performing Students

1 Comment 08 November 2016

Even if you have financial difficulties in your life, everyone deserves a shot at their college dreams. The following scholarships recognize that, and reward students who have excelled academically, despite financial hardship. These scholarships are among the most popular and most generous scholarships for academically talented, low-income students. Take a look!

  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program– College-bound high school seniors who test in the top 15% (1200+ SATs or 26+ ACT) are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. College Scholars receive college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholarship community. Scholarship recipients will receive $40,000 per year. Applications are due in November.
  • Dell Scholars Program– This scholarship is for college-bound high school students who have participated in a college readiness program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is a one-time award of $20,000. Applications are due in January.
  • Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition– This scholarship is for high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time at an accredited US college or university. Scholarships will be awarded based on leadership, scholarship, and financial aid. The award amount for this scholarship ranges between $1,000 – $12,500 each year. Applications are due in November.
  • Horatio Alger Association Scholarship– The purpose of this scholarship is to assist high school students who have faced and overcome great challenges in their lives. Applicants must demonstrate determination, integrity, and critical financial need. Applicants receive a one-time award that ranges between $7,000 – $25,000. Applications are due in October.
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Award– Minority high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year institution are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must have achieved a minimum 1000 SAT score combined on the math and critical reading sections or an ACT composite score of 21. Scholarship recipients are awarded $7,500 per year. Applications are due in February.
  • Ron Brown Scholar Program– African American high school seniors who excel academically and make significant contributions to society are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Scholarship recipients receive $10,000 every year. Applications are due in November.
  • Greenhouse Scholars Program Scholarship– This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors who come from a household with an annual income of less than $70,000. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in their community, persevere through difficult circumstances, hold a minimum 3.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The overall award amount is $20,000 doled out in annual installments of $5,000 over the recipient’s four years at college. Applications are due in January.
  • QuestBridge National College Match Scholarships– This scholarship is for graduating seniors from households earning less than $65,000 a year and have experienced long-term economic hardship. Non-US citizens, undocumented, and international students are welcome to apply. This scholarship is a one-time award of $200,000. Applications are due in September.
  • Aziz Jamaluddin Scholarship– This scholarship is for Muslim American students pursuing a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and hold at least a 3.5 GPA. This scholarship is a one-time award of $4,000. Applications are due in March.
  • CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program– This scholarship involves working at the CIA in Washington, D.C. during summer breaks and after college. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and receive at score of at least 1500 on the SAT or 21 on the ACT. This is a one-time award of $18,000. Applications are due in July.
  • Gordon A. Rich Memorial Scholarship– Students whose parent/guardian work in the financial services industry are eligible for this award. Applicants must be college-bound high school students who rank in the top 20% of their class. Students must hold a minimum 3.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The award amount for this scholarship is $12,500 per year. Applications are due in February.
  • Hadden Scholarship College-bound high school seniors pursuing higher education at an accredited four-year college or university in the US. Applicants must hold a minimum 3.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The award amount for this scholarship ranges from $2,500 – $4,000 per year. Applications are due in February.
  • Mas Family Scholarships– This scholarship is for students of Cuban descendant. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA, display leadership qualities, potential to contribute to the advancement of a free society, and financial need. This scholarship is worth $8,000 per year. Applications are due in January.
  • Walmart Associate Scholarship– This scholarship is for Walmart associates who have been employed part- or full-time with any division for at least six months prior to the application due date. Students must demonstrate financial need. Scholarship recipients are awarded $1,500- $3,000 per year. Applications are due in June.

Be sure to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get the Federal Pell Grant. Most low-income students will qualify for a Pell Grant, which typically provides several thousand dollars of gift aid, which is money that does not need to be repaid. You need to maintain a 2.0 GPA to keep the Pell Grant.

College Spotlight

Get to Know Washington College and George’s Brigade

No Comments 07 November 2016


Washington College is passionate about the past and excited about the future. As the first college chartered in the United States, students are encouraged to connect to their roots and learn how history can relate to today’s issues. At the same time, the college offers challenging liberal arts coursework in its newly renovated facilities and encourages students to engage in “all hands on learning.” The college keeps tuition as low as possible and makes financial aid available to everyone who needs it to make sure all students can participate in their hands-on approach to learning.

The campus is located in the quaint Chestertown, MD, just 90 minutes away Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., allowing students to enjoy the benefits of both small town and city life. With an undergraduate population of 1,450 students and a student to faculty ratio of 12-to-1, Washington College is a tight-knight community with academic conversations that expand beyond the classroom.

George’s Brigade
The college understands the importance of learning, but also recognizes that not every student can readily access higher education. In order to narrow that gap, Washington College started the George’s Brigade program to attract and support high-ability, high-need students. Pioneered by the college’s president, Shelia Bair, George’s Brigade seeks to improve barriers to college access by addressing some of the biggest issues first-generation and lower-income students face.
In an effort to ease the transition to college, students are allowed to apply in groups from the same community or school. The college realizes that first-generation students, especially those from urban areas, may find the transition to a rural area and a small liberal arts school difficult. By allowing students to create a support system of friends and familiar faces, students will have a better chance at college success.

Another aspect of George’s Brigade helps to ease the financial burden on students who come from lower-income backgrounds. All accepted students will have 100% of their financial need met, including room and board. Additionally, students who do wish to take out loans for other incidentals will be required to cap them at $2500 a year in an effort to limit the amount of debt they graduate with.

Once students are accepted, they will also get to participate in a number of activities and programs to further support them on campus. Pre-orientation, for example, offers students the chance to give students unique experiences that bond them with their cohort through leadership activities and trips. Throughout the year, students will also participate in a mentoring program, cultural trips, one-one-one advising and more.

Students who wish to apply to George’s Brigade must be nominated by a counselor either connected to their school or community-based organization. They’ll be required to submit a standard Washington College Admissions Application, their FAFSA, and their counselor nomination form. Students who wish to apply for George’s Brigade with the Regular Decision timeline need to submit their materials by February 15th, 2017.

Washington College prepares its students for rich and fulfilling lives. The rigorous curriculum fosters a community of well-spoken, highly-motivated and diverse students. The surrounding historic areas encourage students to discover and explore cultures and communities other than their own. If you are looking for a college that will provide a lifetime of learning and leadership, Washington College is the place for you. Check out their College Greenlight profile!

Please email Cindy Childs (cchilds2@washcoll.edu), Assistant Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid, with questions.

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