Can you apply to too many colleges?
The truth is, you can apply to too many colleges. Even the Common Application recognizes this, and only lets students apply to a maximum of 20 colleges. These colleges should be a mix of target, reach, and likely schools, any of which you’d be happy to attend.
How many is too many college applications?
The College Board recommends that high school seniors narrow down their application list to five to eight schools. It’s okay to stray a little outside this range, but as a general rule of thumb you should aim to reach those numbers because sending more than ten applications can have drastic consequences.
Can filling out the Fafsa hurt you?
You never want to assume that you won’t qualify for aid, or that filling out a FAFSA won’t benefit you. Your income could be different, the school’s cost could be different, your student could transfer, and much more. Filling out the FAFSA never hurts, and it’s not a difficult process.