I am an ESL Student
Going to college as an ESL student can be seen as a daunting task, but there are more resources available than you may think! The College Application page will teach you the steps for filling out the college application, but as an ESL student you may be asked to take additional tests that show your English language level.
Applying to College as an ESL Student
If English is not your first language, you may be required to submit additional tests, such as the TOEFL. These tests normally have a reading, writing, listening, and speaking section. These tests are not free, unless you qualify for certain reimbursement policies. These tests also require you to create an account and register well before the test date, so make sure to plan ahead. Luckily, there are many free online resources for self-study and tutoring. Here are two:
- Dave’s ESL Cafe
Scroll through the free online topics and lessons.
- Lewis and Clark’s ESL Independent Study Lab
Scroll down and click on a topic and level. On the top of the next page, read the level guide. Then scroll down to find the correct level and click on a link.
For more information and study resources go to the College Application page!
Many colleges will require you to take an additional English placement test if English is not your first language. The most common ESL placement tests are the ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, and CESLA test. Your college will provide these tests for you, and they are normally free. The scores from these tests will help place you in classes that are appropriate for your skill level. Information about these tests and how to study for them can be found on the Placement Tests page.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
If you are from another country, the process to apply for financial aid may be a little different. However, you are eligible for federal student aid if you have status as a permanent resident, I-94, or refugee. For more information about how to apply look at the Financial Planning section.
Check out this article The College Transition Guide for ESL Students for more tips on going back to college!