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Transcript of College Night
Information Night! College Steps Why Attend College? The typical bachelor's degree recipient can expect to earn about 66% more throughout their career than a typical high school graduate. Whats the Difference? College:
Offers courses leading to a bachelor's degree University:
Is usually made up of several colleges (one university might have a college of business, a college of agriculture, etc.) Community College:
Offers two-year degrees which can prepare you for a career or transfer to a four-year college or university Four Types of
Financial Aid: Scholarship:
Gift aid (not to be repaid) awarded to a student on the basis of superior academic performance or other outstanding talent. Grant:
Gift aid (not to be repaid) awarded to a student on the basis of financial need. Student Loan:
Funds loaned to a student for college expenses must be repaid, but often repayment is not required until after a student is out of school. Interest rates for student loans are typically more manageable than those associated with other loans. Federal Work-Study Program:
A self-help program which allows a student to work on campus and earn federal funds to help with college costs. $ Degrees: Certification:
Typically not more than two years of instruction. Granted by Trade, Technical and Community Colleges/Schools. Associate's Degree:
Typically a two year program. Bachelor's Degree:
Typically a four year program. Master's Degree:
Achieved by attending graduate school after completing your Bachelor's Degree. A master’s degree can help advance your career, and may be required for certain professionals, such as physical therapists, engineers and social workers. Doctoral degree:
The doctoral degree typically follows the master’s degree. Attaining a doctoral degree generally takes anywhere from three to five years, or possibly longer to complete. Know Yourself and Your Reasons For Attending College Step 1 Consider College Characteristics Step 2 Do they have my major? Do they offer the type of degree I need? Can I afford to go here? What is the college's admission policy? Important Questions to Conisider Step 3 List, Compare, and Visit Colleges Gather information on colleges your interested in. Prepare a college comparison checklist Weigh advantages and disadvantages of each college Contact the office of admission Schedule appointments for your campus visits To Do List: Apply For Admission and Observe Deadlines Step 4 Narrow your choices Review college admission test requirements Know application fees and deadlines Submit all application materials
(Application, High School Transcript, Recommendations, Test Scores) Develop a Plan to Finance Your Education Step 5 Apply for all local scholarships Investigate all types of financial aid
Fill out the FAFSA as soon after January 1st as possible Don't eliminate any college because of costs before receiving financial assistance information! Review and Finalize Your Plans! Step 6 Show initiative and be assertive Select a college that meets your needs and preferences Follow up with colleges to which you have applied Talk with your parents and counselor