Common Questions About College
Even if you've been to college before, you may still have questions regarding some aspect of higher education. Common questions include questions about college life, applying to colleges, going to school from home, getting help with school, or about attending particular colleges/universities. To help answer your questions related to college education, DegreeHub has created this College Education FAQ. Take a look through common questions that others have asked or email a question to us and we'll do our best to find an answer and post it for everyone's benefit.
Frequently Asked Questions
"How do I find the best school for me?" "What's the best website to find scholarships for college?" "How do online classes compare to attending school on campus?" These kinds of questions are commonly asked by students, prospective students, and the parents of students. To help answer any college education related questions that you might have, we are providing this guide to Frequently Asked Questions about college and college related issues.
- Q: How do I find the best school for me?
A: you've decided what degree you are going to pursue, use DegreeHub's School Search Tool to enter in the school criteria that is most important to you including what degree you want and where you like to attend college. DegreeHub will then show you a list of the best schools that match your needs. From there, just click on a college from the list to learn more about that college and to request information from that college about things like the cost of tuition and how to apply to that college.
- Q: How do I choose the right college degree for me?
A: Choose a career first and then find out what degree is required for that career. Refer to our list of careers. The degrees typically required for each career are listed on the information page for that career. You can also use our list of college degrees and our degree search tool to narrow down your options and match them with your particular strengths and skills.
- Q: How do I decide on the best career for me?
A: Take DegreeHub's Aptitude Test and think about the results as you look through our list of careers. You can also use our career search tool to speed up the process. You may also want to take a look at the statistics regarding a particular career on the career statistics page.
- Q: Should I attend college in-state or out-of-state?
A: Although in-state tuition is generally much less expensive, your college education is too important for cutting corners. Once you know what career and degree you want to pursue, you should research your options thoroughly and go the best college you can afford that emphasizes your degree or career field (even it is is out-of-state.)
- Q: Should I attend college online or on-campus?
A: There is no best answer for everyone. You will have to assess your own needs, priorities, and learning style to figure out what is best for you. There are advantages to both types of schools, but on-campus is generally better for hands on learners who want a strong social life and personal interaction. Online classes are best suited for people who are focused on more on learning than the having the whole "college experience" and who don't have the extra time or live too far from a good school.
- Q: How do get enrolled in college?
A: Once you've narrowed down you choice of schools, request information from each of those colleges or universities. Then compare the pros and cons of each of those schools and request an "admissions application." Each school will give you detailed instructions for their particular admissions process. Follow the directions carefully and don't wait until the last minute to turn in any forms they request. Use DegreeHub's list of colleges or our school search tool to get a "Request Link" for each school that you're interested in.
- Q: How do get help paying for college?
A: Ideally a person should begin applying for grants and scholarships well ahead of time. They can then use Financial Aid to pay for any remaining school cost. If you were unable to obtain a scholarship or ran out of time before classes start, there is still a good chance that Financial Aid will cover your college expenses, although you will have to eventually repay that money unlike grants and scholarships. If you do not qualify for Financial Aid, then you can probably afford to get a Private School Loan or borrow the money from family members.
- Q: How good does my SAT/ACT score need to be?
A: Each college or university has its own standards and requirements, so your SAT or ACT score might be a huge factor at one school and not a factor at all with another school. Of course, the better your scores, the better quality of school you will be able to attend (provided that you can afford that particular school.) If your first choice of school requires a higher SAT or ACT score than you earned, you can study hard and retake the test. There are many SAT and ACT preparation courses available online or through your local schools, including the PSAT test.
- Q: What are the Best Jobs to go to School for?
A: DegreeHub has a list of the fastest growing careers and highest paying careers, although we recommend choosing a career based on what you enjoy doing and what you are good at, rather than based on what pays the most. Job security is a major factor for many people, so you may want to consider the careers that are in high demand for the area you plan to live in.