Applying to school can seem like a daunting process, but is not difficult if you take it step by step. Once you have decided where you want to go to school, it is really just a matter of submitting an application, sending in a list of other documents if necessary, and filling out forms for financial aid.
- Find out when you can apply
Once you have decided where you want to go to carpentry school, you need to figure out when you can submit an application and start taking classes. If you are impatient to get started, you might use different schools’ starting dates as a way to make your decision about where to go. Some schools have classes that start all throughout the year, and other schools only allow students to start at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, which generally correlates with the end of August/beginning of September and the end of January/beginning of February.
- Fill out an application
Most schools allow you to access applications online via their website. You can usually submit this application electronically, although some schools also give you the options of printing it out, filling out the information, and mailing or faxing it to the admissions department. When you fill out the application, you will have to provide details regarding your contact information, high school or previous college grades, and extracurricular activities. What exactly you are asked, however, will in part depend on what type of school you are attending. If you are applying as part of competition for a spot, the application process will likely be a bit more rigorous. If instead you are applying to a school or program with automatic acceptance, you will simply be asked some basic information to get your enrollment started. Some schools have “rolling admissions,” which means they read application as they receive them and let you know shortly after you have applied. Other schools have standard admissions, which means they review all applications at a predetermined time of year and let all accepted students know at the same time.
- Send in all other required documents
Some schools ask that you submit additional information not listed on your application. This usually includes sending in copies of all your high school transcripts or grades from previous colleges. Some institutions also ask for letters of recommendation (from previous teachers or employers) and a description of your past work experience. There may be other requirements specific to the program to which you are applying, or that only apply to international or out-of-state students. This might include a statement of purpose (why you want to attend the school) or tests to assess your knowledge in areas like math or English.
- Sort out financial aid information
If you cannot afford to pay tuition at the school which you plan to attend, you should inquire about financial aid options. You should fill out the FAFSA, which is an application for financial aid from the government in the form of grants and loans, as well as any school documentation that could help you win private scholarships. Most schools will inform you of any funds or tuition discounts you will receive from them with your acceptance letter.