acceptable document types to upload

What are acceptable forms of documents to upload to my application?

Uploading Files to Your Scholarship Application

Please follow these instructions carefully! If you attempt to upload a document in an incompatible file format, all your other work on that page of the application will be lost.

File Naming and Saving

Apply these general tips about file naming and saving to all of the processes outlined below.

Tips on File Saving & Naming:

  • Please name the document something that you can easily recognize, for example, “Formal Essay.docx” or “Goals Essay.pdf”
  • Save the file on your desktop so that you can easily find it to upload in the appropriate field on your application.

Saving Other Files as PDFs

If while writing your essays, you have used Google Docs or Pages- the default word processing program on a Mac, Text Editor, etc., you will need to save each document as a PDF.

Also, htm or html files cannot be uploaded to your application. These are internet files (your financial aid information or Student Aid Report) that must be saved as a PDF before uploading to your application.

How to Convert Your Pages File to PDF:

  • After completing and saving your document in Pages, click on the File menu and select Print.
  • Under the printer menu, on the lower left hand side click on PDF and select “Save as PDF.”
  • The default application for opening your PDF on your Mac will be Preview. You can view your PDF here before uploading the file to your application.

How to Convert from Google Drive to PDF:

  • After completing and saving your document in Google Drive, click on the File menu.
  • Hover over “Download As” and select “PDF Document (.pdf).”

How to save a file as a PDF document in general:

  • Most files you can “Save As” a PDF document to your computer, then upload to your application.
  • If this does not work, try printing the file as a PDF. From the print menu, you can change the selected printer to “save as PDF” or “print to PDF.”

How do I calculate the cost of college if I am not living on campus?

How do I calculate the cost of college if I am not living on campus?

If you are living at your family’s home, use only the tuition and fees for your college and then add $4,000 instead of room and board costs. This is the commuter allowance, which recognizes that there are extra costs for commuters, even though they don’t pay rent or buy food. If you are living off-campus or if you are an independent student, you still use the school’s costs for room and board as a way to approximate the costs you have for living on your own.


How do I calculate the cost of college if I am not living on campus?

How do I calculate the cost of college if I am not living on campus?

If you are living at your family’s home, use only the tuition and fees for your college and then add $4,000 instead of room and board costs. This is the commuter allowance, which recognizes that there are extra costs for commuters, even though they don’t pay rent or buy food. If you are living off-campus or if you are an independent student, you still use the school’s costs for room and board as a way to approximate the costs you have for living on your own.


Cost of College Confusion

Why is my cost of college on the award letter or website higher than the calculated cost of college on the Phillips website?

The cost of college listed on the Phillips Website comes from the direct costs that will be billed to you, tuition, mandatory fees, room and board. Colleges often provide a Cost of Attendance, which includes other expenses, such as your personal travel, and the cost of books and supplies. That is why the cost figures on the Phillips website may be less than the college’s published Cost of Attendance, which includes both direct and non-direct costs.

Related FAQs

How do I calculate the cost of college if I am not living on campus?

If you are living at your family’s home, use only the tuition and fees for your college and then add $4,000 instead of room and board costs. This is the commuter allowance, which recognizes that there are extra costs for commuters, even though they don’t pay rent or buy food. If you are living off-campus or if you are an independent student, you still use the school’s costs for room and board as a way to approximate the costs you have for living on your own.

I received some one-time scholarships for my first year in college, but won't receive them next year. How do I show that on the application?

If you are a current college student, list the name of each outside scholarship you receive in the “Other Financial Awards” section of the “Your Phillips Eligibility” page of the application and enter the award amount. Also indicate if the award is renewable or non-renewable for next year.


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