Planning for College
Once you decide to go to college, a myriad of new decisions will open. Where will you go? How will you pay for it? How do you navigate all of the options?
The staff at TRIO Pre-College Programs is happy to help in addition to the resources below.
Find the Best Fit for YOU
In order to make the most out of the college experience, students should attend a college that is the “right fit.” The finding the right fit means finding the college where you will be successful academically, challenged, in the right location, with clubs or organizations you would want to be involved in.
For unbiased information about colleges from cost of attendance, to clubs and organizations, sports, and many other useful items, check out COLLEGE BOARD.
The U.S. Department of Education has pushed for transparency in college selections. To aid students and families in obtaining the most accurate information, the US Dept. of Ed created a college scorecard. Think of it as a report card for multiple colleges where you can see who is scoring the best in key fields/attributes to help you find the "best fit.”
US Department of Education - COLLEGE SCORECARD
Net Price Calculator
In addition to the College Scorecard, the US Department of Education wants students and families to be able to calculate how much it will cost to attend a university. To that effect, public and state universities and colleges are required to have a Net Price Calculator available. Sometimes they can be somewhat difficult to find on websites, so the Net Price Calculator Center is available. All you need is the college's name and the website will simply redirect you directly to the college/university's Net Price Calculator.
US Department of Education - NET PRICE CALCULATOR
The FAFSA4CASTER is a tool run by Federal Student Aid, an office of the US Department of Education. If you provide a few basic pieces of information, FAFSA4CASTER will estimate your eligibility for federal student aid.
Federal Student Aid - FAFSA4CASTER