Preparing for College
College Prep Questions and Answers
Can I Really Get Into College?
- Are my grades good enough?
You don’t have to be a straight-A student, but it is important to research admissions criteria for your target schools. If your grade point average (GPA) isn’t what you need, consider a community college with open enrollment as an initial step.
- Do I need to choose a major right away?
Many students enter college undecided or switch majors along the way. Working with a school’s academic advisor or other career resources can help you shorten the road to your degree or certificate.
- Is college affordable?
Costs vary, but many colleges provide great value at an affordable price. The US Department of Education’s College Navigator can help with your decision.
- How much should I borrow?
It can vary, but the rule of thumb is to borrow only what you need and what is reasonable for your major. It’s also important to repay your loans when they come due as interest charges can add up quickly over time.
- First in your family to go to college?
You’re definitely not alone! Many colleges offer resources designed to help you adjust to college life (tutoring, social groups, money management, study habits, and more).
- Undocumented status?
You can go to college, but you’ll need to do some research.