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How 2 Go 2 College

Why college?

College is the first step in pursuing a successful and fulfilling career.  It's not only where you explore different career options but also where you learn essential job skills.

Prepare for college today.
  1. Be a pain.  Tell everyone you know that you want ot go to college.  Tell your parents, teachers, counselors, coaches and clergy members.  Don't stop until you find an adult who will help you.  This step is essential.  the next three steps become easier with a supportive adult, so get yours!
     
  2. Push yourself.  Find out what classes you need to take in high school to meet college entrance requirements.  colleges look for students who've taken classes that have challenged them.  In addition...

    Study hard, turn in all assignments on time and do your best to earn good grades.

    Read, read, read!

    Participate in civic or other extracurricular activities to aquire a well-rounded education.
     
  3. Find the right fit.  There are more than 6,500 two- and four-year colleges , universities and trade schools in the ocuntry, ranging in size from fewer than 100 to more than 50,000 students and offering thousands of courses, subjects, degrees and certificates.  You have an extraordinary ranges of options.  Find a school that matches your career interests and reflects your goals and personality.

    Explore different occupations and talk with friends and family about possible career and college choices.

    Review your academic strengths and weaknesses.

    Make a list of preferred colleges and visit the campuses to help you get a feel for college and keep you excited about going.
     
  4. Get your hands on some cash.  There is money available to help you pay for college or trade school.  Each year, Federal Student Aid gives eligible students over $80 billion through grants, work-study programs and loans.  There is also over $50 billion in state, institutional and private funds!  fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal financial aid as well as scholarships and grants from many state, regional and private aid programs.  Also...

    Attend, with your parent or guardian, programs about financial planning or affordin college at your school, church or in the community.

    If you're a senior in high school, fill out the FAFSA.  You can submit it as early as Jaunary 1. 

    Not yet a senior?  Not a problem!  Go to www.FAFSA4caster.ed.gov to get an estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid.
     
  5. Resources:  

    www.KnowHow2Go.org 
    (800) 433-3243