I'm not sure whether the classes I took (or am taking) in high
school prepared me for college.
High school classes can prepare you for jobs or further study in college.
Colleges recommend you take certain classes like English or algebra to prepare
for college programs.
If you're still in high school, use Your
Plan of Study to plan your high school classes and prepare for college.
Talk to your high school counselor about your college and career interests.
Ask your counselor to help you select the high school classes that will help
you reach your college goals.
If you have graduated from high school, ask a college advisor to review
your high school transcript and recommend college classes.
I haven't graduated from high school yet. Can I take college classes
Many high schools offer college credit courses for concurrent enrollment,
allowing you to earn college credits before you graduate from high school.
You can take Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school, or take a CLEP
test your senior year, or once you've started college. Both may give you credit
for introductory college classes. Talk to your high school counselor about
I never graduated from high school. Can I still go to college?
Admission standards vary at different colleges and universities. Some have
an open admission policy. Others require a high school diploma or completion
of a high school equivalency exam, like the GED, TASC or HiSET. Some colleges
also provide programs to help you prepare for these exams. Contact the college
admissions office for more information.
I was home schooled. What should I do about college admission?
As far as the college is concerned, you're just like any other student.
You'll need to meet admission standards, which differ from college to college.
You may also be required to take a test, such as the GED, HiSET or TASC.
I haven't decided on a major yet. What should I do?
You can start off with general education classes. These classes are required
for each degree, regardless of major. These classes give you the opportunity
to explore different subjects, and improve your problem-solving, critical
thinking and communication skills.
Programs and Majors to find out what interests you, and to determine which
programs fit with your future career goals. You can also talk to an academic
advisor about your options.
I'm not interested in a degree. I just want to take a few classes.
Then take a class or two! Or, you can complete a certificate or an apprenticeship.
There are many reasons to go to college. Earning a degree is just one. Some
students go to refresh their skills or to stay current in their job. Others
go to college to start a new career or just for the love of learning!
Whether you're interested in a degree program, or just one class, there
are lots of colleges and universities to choose from. Explore
Schools to see what each school has to offer and how they compare.
English is my second language. Where can I go to improve my language
Most high schools offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses as part
of their adult education programs. Students learn the basics of speaking,
reading, writing, mathematics and citizenship. Community colleges also offer
ESL programs and tutoring services. Ask your college whether it offers English
I'm a parent with young children. How do I find out about child
Many colleges and universities provide students with child care right on
campus. Others have coordinating offices, listing child care available near
campus. Contact the college you plan to attend for details.
I will need accommodation for a disability. Who do I contact?
Colleges have disability services offices to ensure people with disabilities
can access college programs, services and activities. Based on documented
limitations, colleges provide reasonable accommodation. Services may include
interpreting, note taking, textbooks on tape, exam accommodations and adaptive
Policies on accessing these services vary from campus to campus. Disclosure
of a disability is handled in confidence.
I've been out of college for a long time. Can I still go back?
Learning is a lifelong pursuit. You're never too old to learn! Nationally,
in higher education, enrollment of students 30 and over grew 63 percent from
1980 to 2000. In fact, this group represents one-third of the student population.
Statistics show that adult students are just as successful in their academic
studies as those 19 to 23.
There are lots of campus resources available to help you transition to
student life. Contact your campus's adult resource center or talk to a non-traditional
Will my veteran's benefits help me pay for college?
Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs office at: 888-442-4551. You
can also contact the campus veteran affairs office at your college. Each campus
has a veterans affairs certifying official who can tell you about the educational
benefits of the GI Bill. Learn more about the GI Bill at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/.
Veterans may also be eligible for other financial aid. Like all students,
veterans must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete the FAFSA
Aid 101 for more information.
I work part-time/full-time. Are there programs that accommodate
Yes. Colleges and universities try to offer flexible schedules to accommodate
students. Most offer evening courses, particularly for basic requirements.
Some even offer Saturday classes.
Also, distance learning can be an excellent solution for working students.
Classes are flexible and student-centered. Using the Internet, television,
videocassettes or other media, learning from home is made possible!
Contact an academic advisor at the college you plan to attend to find out
about your options.
College is expensive. Can I get financial help?
Yes. Millions of students receive financial aid every year. And you don't
have to be an athlete or straight A student to qualify. Federal and state
aid programs offer financial assistance to students. To apply for federal
assistance, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student
Aid). You can complete the FAFSA
online. Also, each institution has its own financial assistance, for which
you might be eligible.
to locate other sources of financial aid, and use the Financial
Aid Calculators to determine your costs.
Using the Financial
Aid Wizard, you can build your own financial aid package online -- in
seven easy steps. The wizard helps you calculate all your expenses for any
college you're interested in. It walks you through scholarship searches, provides
deadlines for financial aid applications, and even helps you interpret financial
aid award letters.
Also, contact the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend
to find out about financial assistance.