about college? The college process is probably one of the most complicated and
confusing systems out there. It's more convoluted than doing your taxes and more
frustrating than balancing your checkbook. AfterHigh's
college guide will help streamline this otherwise complicated process.
Have fun, and remember,
college is a choice that is open to almost everyone. Don't think that because
your not a 4.0 student who does community service every spare minute of your
life that you won't get into a good school. You don't necessarily need to
get into Yale or Harvard or Stanford, you just need to discover what is best for
Getting Ready - Before you start your
college search and begin the process of applications, testing, and decisions
there are few things you need to do first.
Getting Started - Taking
a standardized test like the SAT or ACT is a good way to get started on your
path to college. Don't dive into the test without preparing though. Once
you've taken your standardized tests you'll have a good idea of which 3rd of the
over 4,000 schools of higher education you'll be admitted into. Next comes the
task of selecting one particular institution. Selecting a college is one of the
most difficult decisions you will have to make in your life but we're here
to make it a little easier.
Getting There - Once
you've chosen your "dream school" you need to get admitted and figure
out how you're going to pay for your education. In the "Getting There"
section we'll take you through the admissions process step-by-step, through all
its twists and turns. Next comes financial aid. Nobody, unless they're super
rich or have lots of grandparents, wants or is even able to pay for their
education up front and in full. That's where financial aid comes in.
There - Ah,
you've made it, you're in that hallowed place of higher thought and learning.
But what do you do now? You're roommate snores, you weren't allowed to bring
your pet goldfish, and you have 3 papers due next week. "This NEVER would
have happened in high school!" Well cheer up, for those of you who have
completed your admissions journey we have created a guide to surviving college,
just for you.