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Things To Ponder When Making A Decision About College

Updated on October 25, 2011

There are so many things to contemplate before making the big decision on furthering your education. Whether you're a junior in high school or thinking about returning, there are so many things to think about that it can become quite overwhelming. College is not only expensive but life changing and the first thing everyone needs to do is become completely informed on the process of not only paying for school, but choosing the right one. College can be the best decision of your life! Or an expensive mistake.

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Are You Sure College Is What You Want?

We hear it all the time: "You need to further your education." "You need to figure out what you want to do with your life". You need to do this, and that. But what do you want? That's the first step in deciding on college. If you're dream job is becoming a mechanic, maybe a traditional college education isn't right for you. This statement seems like something most of us would know-- but when we are being forced (especially in high school) to go to college, it is important that students know there are other ways to further your education besides going to the local community college or university.

If a traditional college education is something you want to pursue the first question you need to ask is: Do I learn better in a class environment or online? Online classes aren't the easy way out. They just allow you to work in your spare time. Obviously this is a great opportunity for those who have families and a full time job. But online classes are also helpful for those that do not feel comfortable in the "campus" environment.

If you're feeling pressured into going to college and are unsure if it's something you would want to pursue, here's a few ways to help making such a big decision.

Should You Go To College?

Take Online Classes

Discover Your Skills

Once You've Decided You're Going To Further Your Education, How Are You Going To Pay For It?

Once you've made the decision that you're going to further your education, you need to focus on how. There are tons of ways to get your college education paid for and to those who have taken those extra steps you're definitely on the way to success! There are grants that you don't have to pay back, which can be accessed here. Of course scholarships are also vital to getting your college education paid for. There are millions of scholarships that are available. Some require a simple essay, or just a picture! There are no limits to the money you can receive. It is definitely possible to earn more money than your education is worth-- which could give you enough money to live off of without getting a job!

Of course, another option, which I would suggest to stay away from, are student loans. Sometimes it is inevitable, but just make sure you can manage the payments when you graduate. If you're earning a practical degree that will provide a steady income as soon as you graduate, then great! However, some are not that lucky, especially if you need to further your education.

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Where Are You Going To Get The Most For Your Buck?

There are so many ways to further your education. Whether you're going to a traditional college, trade school, or into a medical field keep in mind that different schools offer different programs. Even traditional colleges have areas where they have stronger programs. If you're going to travel out of state to go to college you really need to make sure you're getting the best education for the price. Often you'll find that if a specific degree isn't offered in your state you can go out of state at a discounted rate. This can be a problem especially if you're not sure of what you want to do. There is always a solution. Most colleges require students to take general studies classes and if you're unsure of what you are interested in, this will be very helpful.

And Remember....

If you are still unsure about college, one thing to remember is this: If it's completely paid for by grants and scholarships you're not going to be out of any money! If you have any questions about college don't be scared to ask school counselors, email schools you're interested in, ask people you know that are currently in school or use your online resources to find the answers.

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