Why should I go to college? What are the benefits? Can I afford to pay for this?If you’re considering whether to go to college, these are just a few of the questions that may be top-of-mind. Here you’ll find the tools and resources to help figure out what kind of school is the right fit and see why college is an achievable, exciting possibility for any student’s future.
What does it mean to go to college?
What do I want to get out of it?
Technical Certificate and AAS Degree
Typically offered through a technical or community college.
Between three months and two years to complete, depending on the program.
Students have a specific career path in mind and enjoy hands-on training and learning.
Associate Degree (A.A. and A.S.)
Typically offered through a community college, but also found at some four-year colleges.
Often takes two years to complete.
Students may be unsure of their career path or are interested in using this degree as a step toward bachelor’s degree in the future.
How do I know if I'm going to be successful?
Scholarships and Grants
How do I know if I can afford college?
How do I prepare for college?
It’s never too early to start the college process. You can be using your middle school and high school classes to explore what you may want to do and begin the process of creating a strong, well-rounded application.
Hear from current college students about how they prepared for school. From joining clubs and teams to practicing your writing skills, there are many things you can do now to make your application stand out later.
There are many things you can start doing in high school to help prepare you for college:
- Set academic goals
- Plan your coursework
- Look for summer opportunities
Check out the rest of our checklist for guidance on figuring out what type of college is the right fit for you.