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Resources: Planning for College

Selecting the college you will attend is a very important decision. 
Below are helpful tips to help you choose the right college that suits your needs.

Shop for Schools
Research several schools so you will have more options from which to choose.

Shoot High
When searching for the right college, it is important to add several types. Pick a few safety schools (one’s that guarantee your admission), regular schools (one’s that admissions is possible but not guaranteed)  and make sure to include a few schools that you have always dreamed to attend. Remember, you never know until you try….. Give yourself a good range of options.

For many students this is the most important factor.  To get an estimate of the annual cost of attending college, you must take into consideration factors such as tuition and cost of living (room, board, food, books, ect)

Although community colleges and state schools are cheaper than private universities; there is more financial assistance available for students interested in the private universities. Some private universities do not take into account legal status in the U.S. and offer free tuition for student’s that can demonstrate significant financial need and high academic merit (check school requirements) 

Selected Major and Interests
Take into account your academic major and personal interests in looking for a college/university that best fits your personality and academic endeavors.

Academic Rank and Prestige
It is important to invest in a reputable school. If you are interested in attending an Ivy League school than there are several on-line sources you can use to find out which schools are academically ‘superior’ to others.

Schools at a Glance



Community College
  •  Lower tuition rates
  • Ability to work and go to school
  • Can take several years to get a associate’s and transfer for a bachelor’s degree


 State University
  • Greater selection of classes and student activities
  • More educational opportunities
  • In-state tuition available
  • More expensive than community colleges


 Private University
  • Award the most financial aid assistance.
  • Full tuition scholarships available for financially disadvantaged students with high academic marks. 
  • Legal status is not considered in the admissions process
  •  Highest tuition

  Develop a plan to pay for college

For more information, go to the financial aid and scholarship section.