What is preventing you from going to school?
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Applying to school seems complicated and I don’t know where to start.
Most people are overwhelmed by the options of choosing the right college or school. If you are in high school, you can start by talking to your counselor, who can guide you to the information you need. Whether you’re a teenager or adult, answer the questions in this site, which will help you decide where to start and provide you with available resources. If you have friends and family members who have gone to college ask for their advice. And remember, you’re not alone.
I already have a job so I’m good.
That's great! Is your job one you can see yourself working in 20 to 30 years from now? If not, it might be best to start exploring your options sooner rather than later. Over a lifetime, college graduates earn 75 percent more than non-college graduates. A college degree is an investment in your long-term financial success. The numbers don’t lie. In 2015, the average annual income for those with a college degree was $50,000, but people with a high school degree made only $30,500.* Use the lifestyle calculator on our site to help you determine how much money you’ll need to support yourself - not just now but in the future.
*According to The National Center of Educational Statistics
I have a bunch of questions and I don’t know who to ask.
All colleges and tech schools have counselors who can help you navigate the admissions and enrollment process. Find the general contact info for a school (their website is a good place to start) and ask to speak with an admissions counselor. They're in the business of helping, and they want you to find a way. You can also discuss with family or friends that have gone to college - their experiences can help you understand what to expect and where to go next.
I don’t know anything about college or training programs. It just feels too overwhelming.
That's OK. No one does at the beginning. You're in the right place. There’s a clear way forward. You can do it. This site will give you the info you need to know what to do, when to do it and where to go next. Don’t give up.
No one else in my family has ever gone to college, so I don’t need to.
After high school, you may have 40 or 50 years of employment ahead. Many jobs will change. Some won't even be around. Others will be in demand. Higher education will give you more options. Many careers which require only a high school diploma today may not exist in a few years. Here's another reason: Your family will be proud of you. Did you know that by 2018, 63% of American jobs will require some sort of postsecondary education or training?*
*According to a 2011 Georgetown Center on Education and Workforce study