Planning for college can be overwhelming — we're here to help.
The college process is overwhelming, but you can do it! College is a worthy investment and help is available if you need it. Find an expert in your state here.
why college is worth it
College remains one of the best investments you can make in your future. But don't just take it from us.
According to expert researchers at the College Board, earning a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree leads to the highest earnings, the lowest unemployment rates, and the widest range of career opportunities. Earning an associate degree or even having some college without a degree also has a considerable payoff.
It's never too early to start planning and saving for college. Many nonprofits and state-based organizations have programs for students starting in kindergarten to teach the importance of education and career planning. Find out more about these programs here.
Your school guidance counselor is also a great resource for college planning and scholarship information.
understanding types of colleges
There are several different types of colleges in the U.S.: two-year public schools, four-year public schools, private nonprofit schools, and trade/technical schools. Each type of school offers a different experience. Choosing the best-fit school for you will set you on the right path to successfully completing a degree or credential program and finding a good job after graduation.
Campus visits are a great way to learn more about potentials schools and get a sense of how you would fit in on campus.
Before you tour a campus, be sure to research the school online and come prepared with questions.
If you can’t visit in person, be sure to take a virtual tour online and connect with the admissions office.
Need tips on acing your campus visits? Find an expert in your state here.