Planning for College

This college handbook is for you. It addresses questions and concerns you may have about whether or not to go to college and how to get there. The first half helps you think about your options and introduces college as a possible and important choice. The second half provides concrete, detailed information to help you get through applying to colleges, obtaining financial aid, and making the transition from your high school experience to college.

Don’t let money, time, or employment be an excuse to keep you from pursuing college. There are many ways to handle these challenges. Download the College Planning Handbook. In it you will find:

  • Explorations of college as an important and viable option;
  • Step-by-step tips on going to college and getting financial aid;
  • Checklists to help you stay organized;
  • A glossary to explain college-related terms;
  • Personal stories and advice from college students.

Options after High School

After earning a high school diploma, you have several other options including:

  • Finding a job;
  • Joining the military;
  • Developing skills and knowledge at a community college, a four-year university, an internship or apprenticeship, a trade school, or a training program.

You can also combine several of these options—for example, you might work while enrolled in a trade school, or you might attend college while enlisted in the military. There are pros and cons to each of these options. But with information and some self-exploration, you can find the right mix for you. Whatever choice you make, college is a way to build skills and financial stability. Download the College Planning Handbook to find out more.