There is usually a checklist on the college website that lists the requirements for each school. This is a great wake up call for students who may need to improve GPAs or test scores before they submit their final applications.
Students can take placement tests multiple times and their best set of scores will be used for the application. As long as the student has an initial test score to send with the application, they can continue to take the tests and submit improved scores after the deadline as well.
Tuition and Costs
College websites usually have a chart based on students who will live on campus and those who will not. This is another wake up call so that students can plan for tuition payments with financial aid, scholarships, and parent support.
Students who have decided on their major may be able to view the college’s program requirements and take classes through Running Start and/or High School that will give them a head start on entry-level requirements.
Two-Year Colleges vs. Four-Year Colleges
* SLHS staff are available to students and parents to discuss the best option for each student.
* Two-year colleges are now offering more four-year degrees as well as developing strong partnerships with local four-year colleges to help the increasing costs of college.
* Two-year colleges average cost per year is approximately $4,500 while four-year colleges average between $15,000 and $25,000 per year and private four-year colleges average $35,000 and up.
Technical & Training Programs
* Technical College or training programs are designed to help students directly enter the workforce through the completion of the program.
* Most programs average between 6 months to 2 years.
* It is important to make sure that the certification or degree that is earned is recognized by the industry and will ensure your student the position they want upon completion of the program.
Additional College Selection Information* USnews.com - Best Colleges 2013* CollegeBoard.com - Find A College* CollegeBoard.com - College Matchmaker* Community & Technical Colleges - WA State* Liberal Arts Colleges - WA State* Peterson's - Comprehensive Guide to College Information* Western Undergrad Exchange - Website for Washington State students wanting to enroll in a participating OUT-OF-STATE two-year or four-year public college at a significantly reduced non-residency rate.
There are several websites that allow you to compare colleges side by side based on criteria that you create to understand how to make the best choice for you. Below are links to websites that can help you:* CollegeBoard.com - Compare colleges side-by-side on the Big Future website