As educators, we firmly believe education is the key to personal and professional success. Having been through our own personal college experience and working within a higher education setting, we are qualified professionals that will guide you through your own discovery in education. Getting an education requires dedication, determination, discipline and drive! Whether your goal is to go to college, learn a trade or complete a certificate program, you must take action! EducationalDream.com provides useful tips on how to begin the process of pursuing an education. These steps should be taken seriously and planned strategically.
The first step is to do your research! Research the prospective colleges and programs of study by reviewing their website or visiting their campus. Many colleges offer campus tours to perspective students interested in attending. If the college website has a subscription option, sign up! Some colleges offer program information through a newsletter or via email. This will keep you informed of any updated information or changes that may occur. You can always cancel your subscription at later date. During your research, make sure your prospective college is an accredited institution that has been approved by the U.S Board of Education of the state the college is located. If you’re interested in attending a trade school, make sure you conduct research on their graduation success rate, job placement options and the overall reputation of the school. Do not apply or attend any trade school that does not offer job placement or has been under review for fraudulent educational services. Trade schools are a great way to learn a skill in a timely manner; however, most trade school credits are non-transferable to accredited colleges and universities. If your long-term goal is trade school, then college; it is in your best interest that you find out if the trade schools’ credits are transferable to other institutions. You should also review the success rate and reputation of colleges and universities you are interested as well.
Once you have conducted your research, the second step is to apply for colleges, universities or schools. During the application process, you will be asked to fill in your personal information and educational history up to that point. In the United States every college student is required to have graduated high school or earned a GED. State, City and private school application processes are different. If you do your research correctly, you should have a firm understanding of what you will need to apply for each college you choose. This is one of the most important steps in achieving your educational dream and should be taken seriously. Be prepared to submit documents when needed to the perspective college offices inquiring supporting documents. Because we strive on providing the best educational resources available, we have done our research and have compiled a list of the best college search engines. To search for the college of your dreams, please visit our page college search.
Now that you have done your research and submitted your application(s); how are you going to pay for your education? EducationalDream.com has created a list of financial resources to assist you on how to finance your degree. For more information about Federal and State Financial Aid, Student Loans & Scholarships, please visit our page Paying for College.
Important Tip: Be Organized! In the world of higher education, dates & deadlines are very important. Make sure you keep a reminder for yourself on application deadlines, filing for financial aid, last day to add or drop a course and other important dates. This information should be available on your schools website, under "Academic Calendar".