Post-Secondary Pathways

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Searching for Colleges

  • The first step in pursuing your post-secondary education is to begin searching for schools that fit your needs and wants. 

    Know the types of schools before you search:

    • 2-year vs. 4-year college:
      • Community colleges offer 2-year degrees, also known as an Associate's Degree, and also provide a path to transfer to a 4-year school to earn a Bachelor's Degree.
    • Technical/Vocational School vs. Community Colleges
      • A technical school provides specialized training for a specific industry and can be under the umbrella of a 2-year community college.
    • Public vs. Private:
      • The state government subsidizes a public university's tuition, so it can sometimes be cheaper.
      • A private university may have a larger sticker price (base tuition), but often give more scholarships to eligible students
    • In-state vs. Out-of-state:
      • In-state tuition at public schools is usually cheaper than tuition at out-of-state public schools.