When you think about college, you may envision attending a small private college, a four-year state university, or a technical school. Each has something important to offer.
Don’t choose colleges based on college-type preferences alone. There are many possible avenues when continuing education. Consider a variety of them by searching for schools based on career goals, your personality, and your interests.
Do you have an idea of the career you want after college? Start researching your career possibilities with the help of your school counselor.
What if you’re no longer in high school? Many school counselors will help alumni. You also can do internships, ask a professional in a field you’d like to pursue if you could shadow them for a day, or take career surveys online on websites such as CaliforniaColleges.edu.
Once you have a general career direction, your school counselor and websites from dozens of states can help you find colleges that have programs for your major field of study. From this list, you can narrow your search online or with your counselor by factors such as campus size, admission standards, tuition, and average size of financial aid packages offered.
Next, schedule a campus visit to each of your top choices. If you can’t visit in person, virtual tours on campus websites are the next best thing. Exploring each campus can help you decide which school truly fits your personality and goals.
Selecting a college is a big decision, but with a little planning, you’ll find the one that’s right for you. Go into career and college selection with an open mind, your school counselor’s help, your family’s input, and the attitude that you’re willing to put the effort into making the best decision.
Carolina Foothills Federal Credit Union is here to help with this major life transition. Our professionals are here to answer questions you may have about paying for college. Stop by or call us today at 1.800.922.4403.