College & Financial Aid Information

Link to Naviance Page

Link to Common Application

With instant access to nearly 700 colleges and universities around the world, the Common App is the most seamless way to manage the application process.
Common Application Essay Prompts

Link to College Board

What is in a College Application?

There are many potential pieces of a college application:
Application Forms
Application Fees
High School Transcript
Admissions Tests (SAT, ACT for four-year colleges, ACCUPLACER for two-year colleges)
Letters of Recommendation
Auditions & Portfolios

Check out these two websites (Quick Guide to the College Application & Your College Application) to find out more about the requirements!

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Many scholarships can be found on Naviance - and that's where we recommend that students start!


Each year, seniors need to fill out a LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP FORM in order to be considered for many of the local scholarships that are given out at Senior Last Assembly.  The scholarship form went out through advisory and will be due on WEDNESDAY, MAY 5.


We encourage all students to create accounts on, as you can start earning micro-scholarships to over 210 colleges.  Please click on this personal link to register, which will give you an extra $100 micro-scholarship to participating colleges. has proven to be a great tool to motivate students in high schools throughout the U.S., as the site immediately rewards students with scholarships for their hard work in and outside of high school. As an example: 
● Get an A in a course ($100 - $1,000) 
● Get a B in a course ($50 - $600) 
● Participate in a school club or sport ($25 - $250)
● And much more! 

Deering High School is among the first in the country to take advantage of this opportunity, which was launched with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. colleges. 

Here are a couple of easy ways to support your students in using this unique tool: 
1) Ensure that your student creates an account at
2) Encourage your student to regularly add good grades, community service, extracurricular activities, and other achievements to his or her “Portfolio” to earn “Micro-Scholarships” from colleges. 
3) Visit for more information. 

We hope using will make your student’s path to college both more fun and affordable.


For our international students, we highly recommend that you read LendEdu's International Students Guide to Financing Aid & Student Loans and LendEdu's Colleges That Offer the Most Financial Aid to International Students.


Other national scholarship search websites that we recommend are:
FastWeb - Fastweb, a subsidiary of Monster, hosts more than 1.5 million scholarships that amount to more than $3.4 billion dollars. And it’s all so well organized! The search platform’s filters make it hard not to find exactly what you’re looking for. One minor drawback: You have to fill out a profile to get started. But the profile helps match you with scholarships most likely to suit your needs, and the sign-up process is relatively painless.

CollegeBoard Scholarship Search

As with all of the best resources, The College Board offers much more than an extensive list of scholarships. It also has test prep, articles and college search tools, among others. And its “scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs” totals nearly $6 billion. Added bonus: While you’re perusing the site you can prepare for the SAT!


Unigo has plenty to offer beyond just scholarships, including jobs, internships, college profiles and rankings, articles and a textbook store. When it comes to scholarships, the site offers both profile-based matching as well as easy-to-browse categories. Perhaps best of all is its user-friendly interface, which is somewhat reminiscent of a photo-sharing site. It makes finding scholarships simple. What’s more, the site values security and privacy of personal information – so, in other words, no spam!
(The 10 Best Sites To Search for Scholarships, USA Today College)

FAME Maine

FAME is a valuable resource for K-12 and higher education professionals – anyone who helps students access and pay for higher education.  If you have questions about financial aid or paying for college, FAME should be your first stop!

FAME also has incredibly helpful workbooks & handouts on the following topics:
Financial Aid Guide.pdf
Postsecondary Schools in Maine.pdf


Niche helps students to understand more about each college, from a student's perspective.  With a helpful grading system in areas such as diversity, academics & value, this is a website that will truly help you get the feel for a school if you aren't able to go for a visit. Undergraduate Information Guide has written an extremely helpful information guide with resources about admissions testing, entrance essays, letters of recommendation and campus visits. 


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Lots & lots & lots of clickable resources on topics such as paying back student loans, colleges & financial aid.