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College Planning

Going to college today can mean attending a 4-year college or university, a 2-year community college, or a technical institute or trade school. It can mean working toward a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree (A.A.), or a certificate showing mastery of skills needed for a technical career. It can mean studying full-time or part-time, or living at school or commuting from home.

Preparing for college includes taking any necessary assessments (e.g. SATs), ensuring current diagnostic test results are available to document the student's disability, developing self-advocacy skills, and other steps depending on the selected type of college program.

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PACER Resources

Preparing for College

College Preperation Checklist

This Checklist from the U.S. Department of Education was developed to help students and parents get ready for college. It includes:

  • "to do" lists for all ages (elementary school to adult students)
  • basic information about federal student aid and money for college
  • tips for filling out financial aid forms
  • and more...
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