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College Planning Resources
Planning and preparation are vital for success in college – and it’s never too early to start! As a high school student, you can begin by participating in pre-college programs, taking required courses at the right times, striving for academic success and high scores on standardized tests, and talking with your family about financial preparations for covering the costs of going tos college. It’s also important to think about your interests and goals and to explore different majors and career possibilities at every opportunity. Planning and preparation can make your college experience all that you want it to be.
Have you started planning for college? The websites listed below can help you get started.
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General College Planning Sites:
Career Information for Kids
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a website for students in grades 4-8 that provides introductory career guidance, adapted from the Occupational Outlook Handbook used by upper-level high school students and adults. The kids' site presents career and labor market concepts in an understandable way, with occupations grouped according to the interests and hobbies of younger students. Students and their parents will find the site helpful as they begin to explore and discuss career options.
College Board is a non-profit membership association founded to connect students to college success and opportunities. The website provides information about admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, and study skills and offers tips for planning for college, as well as a college matchmaker. Comprehensive information about test preparation, online services, and advanced placement is included.
College Foundation of North Carolina
College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a nonprofit partnership between Pathways of North Carolina, College Foundation, Inc., and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The website includes information about student planning; the college fair; online applications for admission and for financial aid, scholarships and grants; exploration of college majors and careers; test preparation; and other helpful resources and links.
The KnowHow2Go campaign is a partnership between the American Council on Education and the Lumina Foundation for Education. KnowHow2Go seeks out unrepresented and under-served students and encourages them to plan ahead for college. This website provides students from middle school through high school with information about the steps required to get into college. Students can access appropriate information according to their grade level.
This colorful and readable site, created by the U.S. Department of Education, tells how to make the dream of college come true. Students from elementary to high school can use this resource to answer questions: What are the different types of colleges? How do you pay for college? What high school courses are required for admission? The site provides a variety of useful resources and links for students, parents, and teachers.
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NC State's College Planning Sites:
The Undergraduate Admissions website has all the information you need about applying to NC State University. Create your own WolfPAW account to receive e-mails from NC State and to eventually apply online.
E. Carroll Joyner Visitor Center
The Joyner Visitor Center is the place to start any visit to NC State. Open Monday - Friday, year round, the Visitor Center can provide information about NC State to anyone who walks through the door.
NC State Majors and Careers
This website lists the major courses of study and degrees available at NC State and includes helpful information about choosing a major and identifying related career options.
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
This website details the full range of financial aid resources available for students and their parents. The site also offers helpful information on the financial aid application process.
NC State University’s Pack Promise program was created to assist low-income students in meeting their financial needs. Pack Promise guarantees that students will receive 100 percent of their financial aid, along with academic support for qualifying students.
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