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It’s not too early to start planning for college.
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
-Alexander Graham Bell
As freshmen enter a new environment filled with social, emotional, and physical changes, they also enter into a new chapter in life. Preparing for college although daunting and somewhat overwhelming, challenges a student to think ahead. Instead of everyday concerns, we want students focusing on the big picture after high school graduation.
While researching colleges and universities, students and families need to consider some key questions to help with the decision making process. After determining the admission requirements per school, examine the qualities prospective students should entail. Smaller, private institutions may provide more specialized college departments for a more tailored academic path. Larger, public institutions may provide more opportunities for various clubs and or organizations.
Whereas students are engrossed within academics and social aspects of the schools, many parents want to know the financial aspect of the schools. After determining the actual cost, it is beneficial to seek out the financial aid options available. Even though some students might not qualify for scholarships, there are many work-study opportunities that provide cost free tuition. Be sure to explore the financial aid packages available at all schools.
After reviewing some points that narrow down the choices, determine which colleges stand out and why? Consider what the schools are known for within the public. Investigate their recent graduate’s career path. Consider how many freshmen return the following year. What services does the school provide for job assistance after college? How strong is the alumni community?
To help with this somewhat wearisome and exhilarating process, Yorktown Education (a private, 1-12 co-educational school) is having a community College Fair on Friday, February 7 with over 20 schools attending from across the country. This event is free to the public and parents with students in middle and high school are welcome.