Military Kids: Education After High School

By this time every year, some high school students have selected a college and maybe even know if they will receive a scholarship. But for others, making a decision about attending college — and specifically, which college — is not so easy. Here are a few things to consider when your high schooler is contemplating his or her next step in life.

 

Questions to ask when considering a college:

1. Does the school offer the program and courses that I’m interested in?

2. Do I meet the admissions requirements?

3. Does the school offer a quality education at a reasonable price?

4. Does the school offer the services I need and activities I’m interested in?

5. What are the job placement rates for students who have recently graduated?

6. What is the school’s accreditation, licensing?

7. What is the student loan default rate?

8. What type of security does the school have and is a copy of the most recent campus security report available?

9. What type of financial aid is available from the school? Federal, state, local, private and institutional financial aid programs?

a. How does the school determine my financial aid need?

b. How are financial aid recipients selected?

c. When will I receive any financial aid that I’m awarded?

10. What are the percentage of a graduating class that completes the school’s program and the percentage of those students who transfer out of the school?

11. What is the size of the student body?

12. What is the demographic breakdown of the most recent class to be admitted?

13. What are the graduation rates?

 

Types of Higher Education

There are many types of institutions that offer higher education. You will need to determine which type of school is best for you:

• Liberal Arts Colleges: focus on the humanities, social sciences and sciences

• Universities: typically offer a greater number of majors and extensive research facilities

• Community or Junior Colleges: Usually involve 2 years of full-time study for technical programs

• Agricultural, Technical or Specialized Colleges: Usually prepare you for a specific career choice in art/music, business, health science, or teaching.

You will also need to decide if you want to go to public school or private school. Public schools typically get most of their funding from the state or local government, while private institutions rely on endowments, tuitions and private contributions.

 

Resources for finding the right college:

• College fairs

• High school guidance office

• Online college fairs/Internet

• Public Library

 

For more help planning your child’s education, download the free 2014 Military Children’s Scholarship handbook.

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