Learn about steps you can take to research possible colleges or career schools.
While getting the right education and training will help you get a better-paying job, going to college or career school is a big investment in time, money, and effort. Make sure to take your time and research your options.
What types of schools are there?
There is a wide array of schools available for higher education. Options include two- and four-year colleges and universities, vocational, trade, and career schools, online schools, and graduate schools. Learn more about the different types of schools.
Remember that financial assistance programs and requirements can vary from school to school. Plus, not all colleges and career schools participate in the federal student aid programs. Always check with your school to find out what financial aid is available there.
How do I find the right college or career school for me?
Understanding your career goals and options (and their earning potential) will help you find a college or career school that meets your needs. The career search tool will help you match your skills and interests with potential careers.
Use the College Search Tool
You can use the college search tool, to find colleges and career schools that may fit your needs. You can search for schools by location, degrees offered, programs/majors, tuition and fees, setting, size, and much more. The search results for each school will give you a wide range of information, such as:
College Search allows you to compare schools, save your session, and export your results into a spreadsheet.
Choosing the right school involves a variety of factors including your interests, career goals, and financial situation, as well as the school's cost, size and location, and admissions requirements. See a list of things you should consider when researching schools.
Check Out Schools (In Person or Remotely)
To help you narrow down your college or career school options, try the following:
Your education is a major investment, so find out as much information as you can—before you enroll. And because each school may offer different financial aid packages, you should consider applying to more than one school.