managing money

For College-bound Students: Get College Ready℠

An interactive guide on how to pay for college, prepare for school and manage money while in school

San Francisco, April 25, 2017 /BusinessWire/ — Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) launched its annual Get College Ready℠ campaign and website with a new interactive tool that navigates college-bound high school students and their families through learning exercises on how to pay for college, prepare for school and manage money.

The Get College Ready Tracker is a self-guided digital checklist experience that educates students and families on recommended actions that should be considered for successful college preparedness. This includes completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), how to search for scholarships, tips for reviewing college award letters, and information about federal and private student loans.

“Studies continue to show that among college-bound high school graduates, the appetite for quality information on how to plan and prepare for college remains high,” said Gary Korotzer, head of Marketing for Wells Fargo’s Community Bank. “Creating Get College Ready allows us to help students and families work through the hurdles that come with the high school to college transition, such as how to search for scholarships, important deadlines for financial aid, and what students can expect as college freshman.”

Other sections in the Get College Ready Tracker are tailored to inform college-bound students on what steps they can take to ensure a successful first-day orientation, advice on college course registration, financial reminders for tuition and campus housing, budgeting for miscellaneous expenses, and how to build and manage credit responsibly.

Financial Transitions

As college-bound students prepare to graduate from high school, the Get College Ready Tracker offers the following three tips for students to consider:

  1. Notify schools: Give your commitment and send your deposit in before the deadline. Then, let other schools know you won’t be coming so they can award your spot to the next lucky student.
  2. Request your final transcripts: Make sure to submit your transcript request form, so your school knows when and where to send your final scores.
  3. Thank those who helped you get here: From family to recommendation writers, remember to show your appreciation. It keeps the door open for more help, and ensures that the students who follow you get similar treatment.

In addition to Get College Ready, Wells Fargo has developed other free online resources to help students and families plan and prepare for college, including Wells Fargo College Planning Blog, Wells Fargo Student Center, CollegeSTEPS, and How to Pay for College in 5 Steps — all which can be found on the Get College Ready site.

In an effort to amplify Get College Ready, the company will leverage a variety of its own social media channels and collaborate with nonprofit organizations using the hashtag #GetCollegeReady.

The Get College Ready national campaign runs through Sept. 30, 2017.




About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 273,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.