The 2014-15 Common Application will launch at 8:00 a.m. ET on August 1 . Supporting a child in the college application process can be exciting and daunting at the same time. Here are three key pieces of information to help your family through this journey. 2. We’re ready for your child, even if your child isn’t ready for us. There are as many ways to approach the college application process as there are students applying to college.