WANT TO PLAY SPORTS IN COLLEGE?
Make sure you register with with the NCAA during your 10th grade year.
For more information and to register for NCAA, visit www.eligibilitycenter.org
College can be expensive. But it doesn't always have to be. There is a lot of financial aid available for students, including scholarships, grants, and loans.
FAFSA is the most important piece of the financial aid puzzle. Make sure you apply for FAFSA on www.fafsa.gov by March 1 to be considered for federal and state financial aid.
For more information on financial aid, including FAFSA, PROMISE Scholarship, and other forms of financial aid, check out our FINANCIAL AID page.
MORE EDUCATION = JOB OPPORTUNITY + MORE MONEY
The amount of education a person receives is directly related to his/her ability to find employment and the amount of money he/she can earn from that job.
On average, a person who graduates college with a 4-year Bachelor's degree makes $457 more than a person who graduated high school, but did not go to college.
That adds up to $23,764 every year!
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A COLLEGE
There are thousands of colleges to choose from and each one is unique, but which is the right college for you? Use these steps to start your college search and to find that college that is the right fit for you.
1. Talk to Your Family
Have a discussion with your family about your interests and goals. Ask them about their experiences, their expectations, and what support they can give you.
2. Make a Wish List
What do you want your college experience to be like? Make a list that includes everything from possible college majors to location to campus size. These factors contribute to your college experience and can help you find the right college for you.
3. Get Advice
Talk to your teachers, counselor, principals, extended family, and friends about your college search. Talk to people who have been to college about what college is really like and how they found their college.
4. Read Your Mail
Your mailbox and your email inbox might already be filled with college emails. Browse through them. If you aren't getting college mail yet, visit college websites and sign up for information.
5. Go to College Fairs or Talk to College Representatives at Your School
You can get a lot of information about different colleges all in one place by attending a college fair. You'll meet college representatives who can answer your questions and sign up for college mailing lists. Shepherd University hosts a fair every year in September. Check the calendar on our HOME page for upcoming college fairs or college visits at Musselman High School.
6. Explore Online
A visit to a college's website can give you an idea of what student life and classes are like. You can take virtual campus tours, check out majors, and even contact admission officers and current students with questions.
7. Visit a Campus
To get a real taste of what a college is like, plan a visit. You can explore the campus, talk to college students and professors, and get a better sense of what you do and don't want in a college. Check a college's website to find out about scheduling a visit or Open House days.
Use all of the information you've gathered to make a list of colleges you're interested in. Apply to several schools so that you have as many choices as possible. Consider all the factors to make the right choice for you!
Adapted from College Board (2014)
COLLEGE SEARCH TOOLS
CFWV - SCHOOL FINDER
Search for schools that match your needs from a comprehensive list of characteristics.
CFWV - COLLEGE MATCHING ASSISTANT
Quick search for schools using common items such as size, location and majors.
COLLEGE BOARD - COLLEGE SEARCH
An interactive guide to searching for colleges based on a variety of factors.
Search for schools based on a variety of factors like location, majors available, and campus setting.
FINDING YOUR MAJOR
CFWV - EXPLORE PROGRAMS AND MAJORS
Search for schools that offer programs in your intended area of college study or browse majors based on career clusters.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS MAJOR?
Free tool provided by West Liberty University to help students see what careers are available for their specific college major.
COLLEGE BOARD - MAJOR AND CAREER SEARCH
Browse major and career profiles by categories or use search tools to search by keyword or interest.
COLLEGE QUEST DEGREE PROGRAM MATCHING TOOL
Quick and interactive guide to finding a career field based on your personality. Short description of career field and possible occupations, degrees, and colleges you might consider.
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