Plan Your Path

Before leaping into life after high school, it's important to prepare yourself for the road ahead. Now is the chance to discover:

  • what you're passionate about
  • what interests you
  • and what type of higher education to pursue – whether that be college, trade school, apprenticeships, or the military

Think of this as the budgeting/planning phase of a long but amazing road trip.

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  • Moving Beyond High School: Which Path is Right – What are your plans after high school? If you're a senior, you're hearing this question all the time – usually accompanied by the expectation that you'll name a 4-year school. But the thought of attending a 4-year college is stressful for many students and sometimes people overlook the fact that this not your only option.
  • The First Five Things to do when Pursuing Higher Education – As you begin to navigate the college process, it can feel like you’re running wildly downhill.
  • Community College: Backup Plan or Secret Weapon? – A group of 1,167 schools across the United States enrolls more than 12.4 million students – almost half of all undergraduate students in the United States – every year. They're not private universities, and they're not public 4-year institutions, either. They're community colleges.
  • Community College Transfer Guarantees – So you've decided to start your studies at a community college and then transfer to a 4-year school. It's a choice with the potential to save you a significant amount of money – as long as you do your research.
  • Who's Paying for College: How to Have the Tuition Talk – How to Have the 'Tuition Talk' with Your Parent (or Student)
  • College Promise Programs – You may have heard the term "college promise program" – and it might have been followed by the exciting words, "free college!" According to the College Promise Campaign, more than 40 states now offer some form of these programs, which provide free or debt-free tuition to students who meet certain criteria. So, what does a student have to do to qualify? And what's in the fine print?
  • Your SAT and ACT Prep Guide – SAT. ACT. These two tests are among the most important exams you'll ever take in your pre-college years. No pressure, right? So, what can you do to decrease your stress level and increase your test scores?