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Applying to College?

Applying to college? Starting the application process can seem a little overwhelming but Richland Library has you covered! From finding schools, completing applications, getting accepted, to finding funding—we’ve got all the information for parents and teens. Check out our upcomoing events that will make applying to college a little bit easier:

College Goal FAFSA Event

Need help paying for college? Receive free financial aid assistance while completing  and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! Be sure to bring all necessary documents. A list of documents needed to apply for financial aid can be found here

Thursday, October 4 

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Teen Center, Richland LIbrary Main 

Find Your Future: College Fair

Still looking for your perfect college? We've got you covered! We're hosting an exciting opportunity to meet college representatives, find admissions resources, and make that first impression on your dream school. Chat with USC Aiken, Coker College, Lander University, and more!

Sunday, October 7

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Teen Center, Richland Library Main

College Applications: Everything You Need to Know

It's never too early to start your college search!  From finding schools, completing applications, getting accepted, to finding funding - we've got all the information for parents and teens.  Get ready to present your best self to your dream school!

Tuesday, October 9

6:00 p.m.

Teen Center, Richland Library Main


 Can’t make it? No problem! Check out some of our favorite resources:

Looking for schools?

When starting your college search, there are several factors to consider. To compare school size, location, cost, and much more, we suggest exploring these helpful links:

College Board Big Future

Career Cruising

O*NET Skills Assessment 

Starting applications?

Make sure you’re aware of the all the application components! While they vary depending on the school, requirements may include: 

  • GPA/High School Transcripts
  • SAT/ACT Scores (For SAT and ACT practice, check out's new SAT/ACT Essentials feature!)
  • Essay/Personal Statement
  • Application Fees
  • Recommendation Letter(s)
  • Admissions Interview

TIP: Use an Excel spreadsheet to organize the application process! This is a great way to keep track of school requirements and any dates or deadlines.

More than 700 colleges accept the Common Application. Check to see if schools you're appying to are on the list!

Looking for funding?

Financial Aid:

Before you do anything else, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify, many schools require it!


South Carolina offers state funded awards! Click here for more information about the South Carolina HOPE, LIFE, and Palmetto Fellows scholarships.

The Central Carolina Community Foundation offers more than 40 scholarships funds to help students pay for school! Click here for a complete listing of their scholarships. Applications open January 1, 2019!

Remember, federal loans are usually preferable to private loans. Check out the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized here.

Questions? Please contact the Teen Center at Richland Library Main at (803) 929-3470!