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Getting Started With CollegeNET

Before you can submit a first-time application you’ll need to create an account with CollegeNET, Brookdale’s application hosting service.

After you have your CollegeNET account, you can log in any time and view an application you’ve started (and continue working on it) and the status of your submitted application.

Create your CollegeNET ApplyWeb account here.

Enter your account information exactly as instructed; then hit the submit button at the bottom of the page. Be sure to keep a record of your username and password, as you will need it to check your application status.

Is my Application account the same as my Scholarship account?

No, if you have an account at for the scholarship system, you’ll still need a separate CollegeNET ApplyWeb account to submit college applications.

How can I access an application I've already started?

Once you’ve begun an application, you can either return to the school’s website and follow the submit an application link to continue your work on your application in progress, or you can come directly to the CollegeNET site and access any in-progress applications from your Activity Log.

How do I fill out an application?

Once you have a CollegeNET account, you can begin filling out a school application. You can either complete the application and submit it in one sitting, or save your work and continue it at a later time. When filling out your application:

To save what you have done so far without exiting, click the Save button.

To save and exit, click the Finish Session or Save and Exit button.

To access an application in progress and continue your work on it, either go to your Activity Log and select the application, or access the application directly from the school’s website.

How do I submit an application?

Check your work carefully. When you are satisfied with it and are ready to send it to us, click the send button at the bottom of the last page. This saves your answers in their final form and takes you to the payment page where you pay your application fee online (or apply for a fee waiver, if that option is available).

Note: Your application is not fully submitted until you pay your application fee and it has been authorized (see below), or until you have submitted a fee waiver request and it was granted.

How do I pay my application fee?

On the payment page, you can pay your application fee by debit/credit card or check (note that electronic checks must be from US bank accounts only). If you are paying by check, note that this services is available online only (we do not accept checks sent by mail) and through U.S. bank accounts only.

Note: Once payment is authorized, your application is final, and you can no longer make changes to it.

Is my account private?

Yes, the server stores all information you enter under the private username and password you establish.

How secure is my payment transaction?

Your debit/credit card information is encrypted during transmission from your browser to our server and during payment authorization. None of your debit/credit card information is stored in our database.

Is all my application data secure?

The information you enter is encrypted and secure when you save it and when you send it.

Although general data collected on the system may be used in statistical studies and reports designed to assist institutions with planning, any information bearing your personal identification is disclosed only to the department to which you send it.

How do I know if my application was received?

Check your Activity Log to print a copy of your form, or to learn if we have received it.

What is my CollegeNET Activity Log?

When you save or transmit application information, a note appears in your personal Activity Log. You can easily check your Activity Log at any time to see your application activity and to learn when we have acknowledged receipt of your form. Just log into your CollegeNET account and select Activity Log.

How do I clear my session with CollegeNET?

Close your browser. This ends your secure connection and clears your password (unless you chose to save it).

How can I get help?

Contact our help desk here.

Useful Hints 

You do not have to complete an application in one sitting. For example, you can start working on an application at your library’s computer facility, save your work, access the application at home on your personal computer, and continue working from there. Wherever you have access to the internet, you have access to the information you have saved.

When you complete more than one application, common information you provided on the first form is entered automatically in all subsequent ones. For example, if you have entered your name and address on an application and saved it, that information will be entered automatically on the next application you access (assuming, of course, that the next form also has name and address fields). If you change information on one form, it is also changed on any other unsubmitted ones.