Sending my ACT scores and high school transcripts to colleges

<p>I have applied to several schools, but I have been getting emails and letters telling me that my applications are still missing ACT scores and transcripts. I am not sure how I am supposed to send these there... Do I just give my guidance counselors a list of the colleges that need these items? I saw somewhere that colleges may accept a faxed copy of the ACT (There is NO way I can afford to send my scores for $12 apiece O.O ) I know these deadlines are fast approaching, but I don't know to do. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!</p>

<p>As far as I know colleges will ONLY accept scores from the ACT test organization. You can contact that organization to see if you qualify for free or reduced cost scores.
<a href=“http://www.actstudent.org/scores/send/”>http://www.actstudent.org/scores/send/</a></p>

<p>Your guidance counselor will send your transcript; tell him/her which school(s) to send it to. The ACT scores must be sent by the testing organization.</p>

<p>You applied to “several” schools? How many is “several”? And you can’t afford $12 X “several”? If so, use the link that Erin’s Dad provided. And definitely talk to your CG about getting transcripts sent. You are way behind the power curve on this.</p>

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<p>While the Common Application has the option for fee waivers, the ACT (and SAT) do not offer fee waivers, so YOU MUST PAY FOR AN OFFICIAL SCORE REPORT to be sent to each college on your list. Otherwise, your application(s) will be incomplete, your file will never be read and you will receive a rejection from each college that requires an official score report from the testing organization.</p>

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<p>Yeah they do. Well, at least the College Board does for the SAT. I’m not as familiar with the ACT.</p>

<p><a href=“http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/waivers/guidelines/sat”>http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/waivers/guidelines/sat</a></p>

<p>^^ Fee waivers for the ACT cover registration for the actual test. When you register for the test, you can have 4 free score reports sent. But, beyond that, all applicants must pay to have their official scores sent. There doesn’t seem to be a fee waiver if you didn’t opt for the 4 free ones when you registered, or to have a fee waiver for more than the initial free 4 reports.</p>

<p>ACT: <a href=“http://www.actstudent.org/faq/feewaiver.html”>http://www.actstudent.org/faq/feewaiver.html</a></p>

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<p>Still, having to pay $12 for 5 schools is ridiculous (I will probably need that money down the road.) Some of the schools I applied to, but are not really interested in them (they offered me an application waiver; so, I used that opportunity,) so I will probably just not reply to those. My Upward Bound counselor told me to put the bigger schools on my ACT when I retook it about a month ago. She was going to see if the colleges would let me fax a copy of my ACTs (either the ones I got in the mail or the ones sent to my school,) especially since I did not see anywhere to get a fee waiver for sending them. It is also hard to remember where all I applied, but I think I remembered all the ones I would consider going to.</p>

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<p>It’s hard to remember all the schools you applied to??!! Wow. And why apply to a school if you wouldn’t consider going there?</p>

<p>I saw they would waive the application fee, and I had some spare time with snow days. (Not my best idea) I have narrowed it down to 3 universities in my area that I need to send these to. (I had looked into some of the other schools I had applied to and found out that they just weren’t right for me.) I was probably a bit vague in my first post with “several” since some of the applications I did not finish because the school was not a good fit for me.</p>

<p>For transcripts, go to your school’s guidance office. Most are free or a nominal fee like $1 a piece, but if you are dirt poor they will probably waive it. Score reports must be sent from the ACT website. Talk to your counselor. I am sure the school can scrounge up $60 for you.</p>

<p>There is no point to apply to a school that you will not ever want to go. It is still a waste of time even if there is no application fee. If you are very cost conscious, you should check your credential and apply to one safety and one or two matching schools. College application is not cheap. For an average student that applies to 6-8 schools, the cost for the test, application fee, score reports, CSS profiles, and transcripts would be around $1000 (not including any cost for test preparation). If you cannot afford that, you should probably focus on 1 or 2 schools that you are very likely to be admitted and you like to go. Remember, the real cost for higher education is many times more further down the road.</p>