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With everything you need to do to get ready for college, you may wonder if it's all worth it. Here are four quick reasons why your investment in college will really payoff:  

Reason 1

Most college graduates earn a lot more money during their working years than people who stop their education at high school.

Reason 2
According to one estimate, by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them.

Reason 3
Continuing education after high school is much more important for your generation than it was for your parents' generation.

Reason 4
Education beyond high school gives you a lot of other benefits, including meeting new people, taking part in new opportunities to explore your interests and experiencing success.

Getting started

Step 1   Let everyone know that you're going to college and need their help.

  • Find family support.
  • Get advice from teachers and coaches
  • Gain experience from adults who can show you how it's done.
  • Seek advice from your school counselor, your local community college or community center counselors.
  • Make connections with family, friends or neighbors who have been to college.

 Step 2   Push Yourself!    Working a little harder today will make getting into college even easier.

  • Take the right classes. To get into college, start by taking the right classes in high school. Find out what classes you need to meet entrance requirements and sign up for them now. Lock in requirements.
  • Meet the challenge. Sure, grades are important, but the tougher the courses you take, the more likely it is that a college will decide to take you. In general, most colleges prefer students who challenge themselves with harder courses, even if they earn only average grades, than those who take easier courses just to get higher grades.
  • Tap into computing. Courses in computer science (or even classes that require you to use computers in researching or completing projects) will give you the skills you need to make the grade at college.

 Step 3   Find the Right Fit!    Find out what kind of school is the best match for you and your career goals.

  • The kind of college you choose to attend should reflect your goals and your personality. Whether you choose a public, private, community, technical, trade or even online college, make sure it's the best match for you.
  • Do you want to attend a big university with more choices of studies and social activities, but also larger lecture classes? Or would you like fewer choices but more personal attention and abetter chance to stand out? You decide.
  • Attending a local college versus boarding out of state - what's better? It depends. For some, residence hall life is an important part of the college experience, but commuting from home is less expensive.
  • Figuring out what you like doing most, plus what you're best at, can point to the careers you should consider - and what majors will help you reach your career goal.
  • Getting into extracurricular activities outside of class - band, science club, the school newspaper, dramaor even volunteering -helps you discover what your real interests are and where you're heading.

Step 4 - Put Your Hands on Some Cash!    If you think you can't afford college, think again. There's lots of aid out there.  For help online, go to

For more information go to Paying for College & Financial Aid under Financial Aid link.