Are you and an adult thinking about going back to school? Want to know how to prepare for college or career school?
A check list from the U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education has provided Checklist for adults who are thinking of applying to college, including those who left high school before graduating, graduated high school, completed some college courses, or may be in the workforce.
- Look into getting a General Educational Development (GED) certificate if you don’t have a high school diploma; try searching online for “GED certificate” and your state’s name.
- Research careers and the need for various jobs in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Or, for an interactive tool, try the U.S. Department of Labor’s career search.
- Use College Navigator to find the right school for your career intentions. Get tips on choosing a school.
- Check the Yellow Pages and ask employers to recommend schools that provide training in the skills you will need for the career you choose.
- Ask your employer if assistance is available to help you pay for school.
- Use the U.S. Department of Labor’s scholarship search to find scholarships.
- Apply for federal student aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM).
- Get to know the financial aid staff at the school you plan to attend; they can help you with aid applications and explain the types of aid available.
- Ensure that you get your money’s worth out of your education by following the tips in these fact sheets:
- Learn about federal funding for your education.
- Discover why federal student loans are a better option than private loans.
- Use Your Federal Student Loans: Learn the Basics and Manage Your Debt to help you determine which loans to accept and how much to borrow.
- See how you might benefit from federal income tax credits for education expenses.