Do you know what the best part about going to college is? You can learn anything and everything! Right now, you probably study five to seven subjects during the school year. In college, you can take many elective classes in subjects you've always been interested in from Criminal Justice to Shakespeare to Musical Theatre and Politics. Also, you'll choose a subject that most interests you. This special area of study, or major, is the subject you'll concentrate on during your college career. Believe it or not, there are over 900 majors to choose from. Here are a few possible college majors: Animal Sciences, Athletic Training, Computers, Criminal Justice, Education, Fashion, Management, Music, Nursing, Physical Education, and Radio/Television Broadcasting.
When you go to high school there are certain requirements you must meet for graduation. Similarly, when you receive a college diploma it will indicate you have completed all of the requirements for a specific program of study.
Knowing which major you want can be a very important step in the college process, but there is no pressure to figure it all out today! Your interests and talents can translate into various programs of study. Interested in athletics? That doesn't mean you have to play sports professionally. There are lots of ways to stay connected to athletics: as a journalist, sports agent, sports marketer, or stadium manager just to name a few. Have you always wanted to be an astronaut? Not everyone has to be an astrophysicist to be connected. There are positions at every level within NASA - from running camps and managing public relations to web design and computer programming. Are you the next Katie Couric? Barack Obama? Oprah Winfrey? Martin Luther King? Dr. Seuss? Every step you take towards connecting your academic goals to your professional goals will get you closer to your dreams.
In the United States alone, there are over 6,000 different postsecondary institutions offering a variety of programs and degrees. They are categorized in the following way:
Every college has a different price. But, financial aid is available for everyone who applies. There are over $150 billion in grants, scholarships, and low-interest loans available every year for students to help them pay for a college education. Scholarships and grants can make an expensive college VERY affordable. So, keep studying and talk to your parents about starting a college savings plan now. Anyone who wants to go to college can!
Do you think it's too late to start saving for college? Not really!
The truth is even if you are in high school and haven't started saving there are still things you can do to make college more affordable.
Many high schools offer advanced placement (AP) courses that allow students who test at a certain level to earn college credit. In addition, check to see if colleges in your area offer concurrent enrollment, which means you would be taking college courses for high school and college credit at the same time and for little or no extra money.
Begin your college career at a local two-year community college, a cheaper alternative that will offer you many of the same experiences of a four-year university. After taking core courses, you can transfer to a four-year school and save a lot of cash.
Attending college at a public college or university in New Hampshire is a smart financial choice for many students and families. Many private colleges have a higher tuition rate than public colleges initially (which may be altered if you are offered a lot of grant and scholarship money from the school). For some students it may be more affordable for you to attend one of NH's public colleges. We always recommend that you have a more financially affordable school in your list of colleges that you are applying to, just in case other colleges are not able to offer you as much free money to attend as you would need. For many, a more financially affordable school is their local community college or public 4-year college.
As your high school career winds down; make a concerted effort to save as much as possible from your part-time or summer employment. These savings can be used to purchase books, supplies and class materials. You may also need money during your first week of school to pay for parking passes, phone and cable set-up. If you are able to save a considerable amount of money, you can either use this for spending money throughout the semester, or use it to help pay a portion of the tuition costs.
Check out your college bookstore's selection of used textbooks first. Usually they are in very good condition and sold at a discount. Also try using the Internet to find great deals. Check in advance for your textbook requirements for your upcoming classes. Then hit up these sites for great deals and bargain books. www.eFollett.com, www.bigwords.com, www.amazon.com.
Search online for local scholarships at www.nhheaf.org/scholarships. Contact the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation at 800-464-6641 or visit www.nhcf.org for additional scholarship opportunities. Or, for national searches, consider www.fastweb.com.