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College Planning

Get set for college

You know you want more education, but how are you going to make it happen? No matter what your goals are, it’s time to make some important decisions and do some planning for college. The six steps in this article can help you get organized.
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Step 1: Think about your reasons for going to college

What do you want to be when you “grow up” and how will college help you get there?

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Step 2: Consider college characteristics

Because education after high school is a big investment of time and money, it makes sense to examine the different types of education carefully.
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Step 3: List, compare, and visit colleges

Now you’re ready to collect information about colleges that might meet your needs. Your goal is to identify which schools you may want to apply to.
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Step 4: Apply for admission and meet all deadlines

The application process at each school is unique. You’ll find different requirements, prerequisites, and levels of selectivity. Some things remain consistent though, and we have advice to help you through the application process.
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Step 5: Develop a plan to pay for your education

Take the time early on to figure out what college will cost and how you’ll pay for it. Each college’s financial aid office can provide information to help you figure the expenses. Don’t be discouraged if the cost of continuing education seems too high—financial aid is available for students who qualify.
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Step 6: Making the final decision

Once admissions offers are received, the decision making begins. If that dream college doesn’t extend an offer, remind yourself that it isn’t the end of the world. Here is some advice on how to make that final decision.

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