Researching Colleges

Finding the Perfect School Starts With You

Researching and applying to colleges may seem intimidating if you don’t know where to start. However, with some proper guidance and the right resources, this process can be easy. Here are some things to consider.

The first step in finding the best career for you is to learn about yourself and to determine what type of interests and skills you have. As you search for the right career, there are many tools and resources available to help you. Make an appointment with your local career counselor or start by visiting the resources listed below.

Once you get an idea of your career goals, the next step is to find out what you need to do to achieve them. Think carefully about what you want from your college experience, so that you can choose the right school that will allow you to fulfill your potential.

Discover Your Educational Style

There are plenty of variables to consider when researching a school. Are you interested in enrolling in a private college? Do you prefer a classroom setting, hands-on environment, or online courses? A college search tool can help you narrow down your choices based on your personal interests and needs.

Enrolling in a Private College in California

The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulates California’s private colleges. School statuses, performance reports, disciplinary actions, and compliance results are available online to use when researching California private colleges.

Paying For College

Paying for college can be the most difficult part of getting an education. Fortunately, there are many programs available to help you afford your schooling. When looking to pay for college, you should consider grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and as a last resort, student loans to help finance your education.

Additional Resources

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