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Lessons Learned
by Jim LaBuda
Assistant Professor of Education
Nevada State College

College Enrollment

Many people are struggling in this economy and find that they need to return to school to retool their skills. I like college as an option after high school because it gives students more options for the future.

Many studies show that a college graduate makes a million dollars more in their lifetime than those who only graduate from high school. You can’t always bank on the money.

However, I do believe a college degree will give you more options when applying for jobs. If you are thinking of applying to college for the Fall 2011 semester, it’s not too late but don’t delay any longer! Here are some steps to enrolling in college.

Complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA): This form can qualify students for federal grants and loans. It requests financial information from the student and parents, if the student is a dependent. Do not pay a fee to complete this application. You should complete this form at Some colleges have March 1st as priority deadline so don’t delay completion. Even if you don’t think that you will qualify, complete the form; it may be a requirement to receive other scholarships.

Meet with a College Recruiter: Every college has recruiters who are willing to assist with questions about the costs, class schedules, online options and degree programs. Do not be shy; they are there for you.

Complete the College’s Admission Application: Most colleges have online admission applications. You may want to complete multiple applications to keep your options open. Be aware that many schools charge a large application fee.

Provide SAT/ACT Scores or Take College Placement Tests: Some schools may use the SAT/ACT scores as a basis for admission but for the most part, these tests place you in the correct Math and English classes. The College placement tests are often free and can be scheduled on relatively short notice.

Register for Classes: The earlier you register the better the selection of classes that you have to choose from. You may not know exactly what you want to major in but the first half of a degree program includes general education credits that are similar for all degrees. You will have some time to decide on a major, as you fulfill your general education credits.

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