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Prepare for College

Getting ready for College can be easier than you think.

Thinking about college or graduate school? There’s so much to consider when it comes to getting ready for college: where to go, what to study, how to apply, how to pay for it all, and more. 

It’s never too early—or too late—to explore your options for college. FederalStudentAid will walk through some key steps in preparing for college and provide resources that can help you along the way. You’ll have to take the time to research and understand your options, but you don’t have to do it alone. FederalStudentAid is here to help! 

Sure, you can wait for your parents or teachers to provide this info, but why wait on others to learn what's best for YOUR future? Discover your college and financial aid options today!

  • Why go to College?  Where do I start? Now is the time to explore your options for college and financial aid.  A college education = more money, more job opportunities, and more freedom.

  • Choosing a school  Not sure what college or career school might be right for you?  Learn about steps you can take to research possible colleges or career schools.

  • Applying to schools Wondering what you need to do to apply for college?  Get tips on navigating the college application process.

  • Who gets aid? Worried you won’t be able to get aid? Most people are eligible for financial aid for college.

  • How will I pay for college?  Financial aid is available from a variety of sources for college, career school, graduate school, and professional school.

  • Checklists for Academic and Financial Preparation Checklists with the steps you can take to help your (or your child’s) chances of getting into—and being able to afford—the school of your choice.

  • The College of Charleston Net Price Calculator helps you get a quick estimate of your financial aid eligibility so you can determine your true out-of-pocket costs.  This calculator is intended for use by incoming, degree-seeking, first year undergraduate students.

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