Types of Colleges
Choosing a College
Cost of College
Paying For It
Long Range Plan
Why attend college?
A college degree can provide your child with many opportunities in life. A
college education can mean:
- Greater Knowledge
A college education will increase your child's ability to understand
developments in science and in society, to think abstractly and critically, to
express thoughts clearly in speech and in writing, and to make wise decisions.
These skills are useful both on and off the job.
- Greater Potential
A college education can help increase your child's understanding of the
community, the Nation, and the world -- as he or she explores interests,
discovers new areas of knowledge, considers lifelong goals, and becomes a
- More Job Opportunities
The world is changing rapidly. Many jobs rely on new technology and already
require more brain power than muscle power. In your child's working life, more
and more jobs will require education beyond high school. With a college
education, your child will have more jobs from which to choose.
- More Money
A person who attends college generally earns more than a person who does not.
For example, in 1994, a person with a college degree from a four-year college
earned approximately $12,500 more in that year than a person who did not go to
college. Someone with a two-year associate's degree also tends to earn more than
a high school graduate.
Some of these benefits of college may not be obvious to your child. Even
though he or she has to make the final decision to attend college, you can help
in the decision-making process by learning about all aspects of college yourself
and sharing what you learn with your child.
From: "Preparing Your Child for
College" Copyright© 2000-01 The U.S. Department of Education, All