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Choosing the Right College
When choosing a college, there are a number of things you need to consider.
Type of College
Two year colleges offer affordable one and two-year career programs. Students can also start at a
two year college and then transfer to a four-year college.
Four year colleges are either public or private. Public colleges are generally larger and less expensive.
Size – Large colleges are able to offer more majors and programs. Small colleges are more personal.
Location – Do you want a college close to home, near a big city, in-state, or out-of-state?
Academic Programs – All colleges offer a variety of majors, but if you want to study something specific, you must find a college that offers that major.
Cost – College costs vary greatly. When calculating college costs, include tuition, fees, room and board, books, and personal expenses.
Admission Requirements – Some colleges accept all high school graduates. Others are very selective. Look for colleges that accept students with academic records similar to yours.
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Earliest to apply for Financial Aid is January 1, 2016
Terms needed to understand financial aid:
Financial Aid Programs – financial aid programs can be divided into 4 major categories:
Grants, Loans, jobs, and Scholarships.
Grants are “gifts” to assist students in school cots.
Loans are exactly that – loans. Students who receive loans are entering into a binding agreement to repay the amount borrowed plus interest.
Jobs are work opportunities provided by the school to help students meet educational expenses and are beneficial both to the school and the students.
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