What type of college will work for you student?
There is no right or wrong way to experience higher education. There are, however, varying degrees of cost that can be attributed to college, and there are a number of options to consider that go beyond the traditional four-year college degree.
Attending just two years will earn your student an Associate’s Degree, or they can put the credits towards a four-year degree after transferring. Community college is a cost-effective option if your student is unsure what they want to study at school, or wants to save money while still earning college credit.
If your child is interested in the military, you may want to consider the education benefits that the different branches offer. Loan repayment options, tuition assistance and the GI Bill are just some of the options the military offers to students to help them with their college education.
If your student already has a specific career track in mind, then trade school could be their best option. From chefs to hairstylists, mechanics to technicians, many trades have their own specific programs that offer fast-track qualifications to applicants, earning them a certificate or license in their desired field. For some trades, college degrees are not necessary, so researching your student’s field of interest could save you time and money!
The rising cost of education and the uncertain job market can make many high school students unsure whether a four-year college degree is the most valuable way to spend their post-high school years. Researching ahead of time to answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding student loans, annual school fees and financial aid can allay some of the fears, but a non-traditional path for some students is the best way to continue their education without incurring the cost of a four-year degree program.