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Knowledge, Skills, and More Opportunities
College: What It’s All About and Why it Matters
If you go to college, you'll gain information and skills that you'll use for the rest of your life, no matter what career you chose. College enables you to:
- Unlock Opportunities.
- Become more independent.
- Explore your options.
- Explore outside the classroom.
- Invest in yourself.
These benefits may sound great on their own, but college also has some very practical benefits:
More Job Opportunities: The world is changing rapidly. More and more jobs require education beyond high school. College graduates have more jobs to choose from than those who don't pursue education beyond high school.
Earn More Money: A person who goes to college usually earns more than a person who doesn't. This information is based on the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 median earnings for full-time workers at least 25 years old. Annual earnings, based on degree, are: High School Diploma, $35,400; Associate's Degree, $44,800; Bachelor's Degree, $56,500; Master's Degree, $70,000; and Professional Degrees, $102,000+.
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The more education you get, the more likely it is you will always have a job. KnowHow2GO provides middle schoolers to adults extensive information on the value of continuing education after high school, how to prepare for college, the myths vs. realities about college and the availability of financial aid for college. In addition, the KnowHow2GO Web site provides resources for information on counseling, academics, and financial aid that is available within your state or territory.
Seven LAME Excuses Not to Go to College
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Think college is for other kids, and not for you? Wrong. Don't give up on applying to college before you take a good look at it. (Read More)
College Planning by Grade Level
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There are specific things you can do during each year of high school to plan and prepare for college.
- 9th Grade/Freshman Year: It’s never too early to plan for college!
- 10th Grade/Sophomore Year: Explore college and learn more about yourself
- 11th Grade/Junior Year: A Busy and Pivotal Year
- 12th Grade/Senior Year: College Countdown - Stay Organized!
Factors to Consider: Find the Right Fit
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Things to think about as you look for schools: (Read More)
Choosing a School Carefully
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Going to school is a lifetime investment
Statistics show that getting training after high school will help you get a better-paying job doing work you like. But going to school is a big investment. You’re investing your time. Chances are you’ll also have to invest your own money or take out a student loan to go to school. So you need to be sure that you’re choosing the right school. (Read More)
College Majors and Careers
Here are some resources to help you with an often difficult process.
Keep yourself busy during the school year and beyond. It looks great for college and can help get you jobs in the future. Here are some programs to get you started.
Summer Programs and Internships
Your summer experiences will look great on your resume, can help you get into selective colleges, and help you obtain a decent job. Here are some programs to get you started.
Use this site to explore career options, plan for college and locate financial aid sources.