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CCASE Program Frequently Asked Questions

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What does the admission committee look for in a student’s application?
The most essential component to an application is the transcript. We look the at rigor of the curriculum chosen relative to what is offered at the student’s school, as well as how successful the student was in those courses. We also look at test scores (check out our flexible testing policy), essays, extracurricular activities, interviews, and recommendations. This is where your CCASE endorsement comes into play! Our review process is holistic and done by committee.

My student has not visited campus. Should I encourage him/her to visit?
A campus visit is the best way to determine if CC is a good fit. Students can visit CC most days – have them check our visit page. We understand that students may not have the time or the resources to visit campuses before applying; this will not hurt a student’s chance for admission. If your student is a senior who is unable to visit in the fall, encourage him or her to request an interview with a traveling admission director or a trained alumni interviewer.

My student will need financial aid. What does he or she need to know?
We have both need- and merit-based financial aid.  Encourage your student to visit the financial aid website to check out deadlines and requirements.  It is extremely important to adhere to financial aid application deadlines, as we cannot guarantee funding for students who apply late. Financial Aid applications include the College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application available in October 2014, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available in January 2015, as well as copies of parents and students most recent federal tax returns. To get an estimate of expected family contribution according to our standard institutional methodology formula, use our Net Price Calculator.  Most financial aid packages include a grant, a loan, and work-study. Approximately 11.5% of our incoming admitted applicant pool received a merit scholarship ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 per year.  Merit scholarships require no additional application; all students are automatically considered for a merit scholarship upon applying to CC. 

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