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Ch 13: College Counseling Tools

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Let us help you learn about screening and selecting a college, transferring credits and getting credits through examinations. Get information on the admissions process, financial aid, scholarships and work-study programs.

College Counseling Tools - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to learn how to choose a college, finance a college education and get maximum credit for your work. Our instructors will explain how to research schools and choose the type that's best. You'll learn about admissions criteria and the application process. Other lessons cover types of credit and earning credits through testing.

Information on scholarships, financial aid and work-study programs is also included in these lessons. After watching all the videos, you should be prepared to:

  • List factors to consider when choosing a college
  • Compare schools without visiting them
  • Name the advantages and disadvantages of attending community college
  • Understand the application process and criteria for admission
  • Explain how students can earn credits through examinations
  • Analyze the process of applying for financial aid
  • Describe types of scholarships and how to apply
  • Explore work-study opportunities

These lessons are designed and led by expert instructors who know how to make learning fun. After watching the videos, you can assess your knowledge through multiple-choice quizzes. If you need to review key topics, video tags in the lessons make it easy to find the right spot so you don't have to re-watch the entire lesson.

15 Lessons in Chapter 13: College Counseling Tools
Choosing a College: What's Important to You?

1. Choosing a College: What's Important to You?

List criteria for evaluating the academic options at a college, including: number of majors offered, academic support services provided, class size, faculty background, research opportunities, and general course offerings.

How to Evaluate Your College Options

2. How to Evaluate Your College Options

Choosing a college can be a hard decision. There are many options when it comes to college, which can make students feel confused. Watch this lesson to find out what college options are commonly considered and how to deal with competing priorities.

How to Research and Compare Schools Without a College Visit

3. How to Research and Compare Schools Without a College Visit

What if you're not able to visit all of the colleges you're considering? Don't worry. There are plenty of ways to get a feel for a campus without a visit. You don't need to do everything on this list, but the more you do, the more you'll learn.

The Pros and Cons of Attending Community College

4. The Pros and Cons of Attending Community College

This lesson is designed to give you a variety of information about the advantages and disadvantages of attending a community college as opposed to beginning your education at a four-year university.

Making Your College Decision: An Investment in Your Future

5. Making Your College Decision: An Investment in Your Future

Your college education is more than just four years of your life; it's an investment in your future. Make sure you've got the information you need to make the best decision for you.

How To Evaluate College Admissions Criteria

6. How To Evaluate College Admissions Criteria

Applying for college can be stressful and confusing. In this lesson, we'll go over the college admissions process, including looking at where students can go for answers about specific admissions questions and what colleges look for.

How to Navigate the College Application Process

7. How to Navigate the College Application Process

Applying to college can feel overwhelming. In this lesson, we'll look at the application process, including when to start, what to do during the application process and where students should go to get answers to questions they might have.

Tips for Transferring Credit to Your College

8. Tips for Transferring Credit to Your College

There are many ways to save money at college, including transferring credits from community college or earning them through credit-by-exam. In this lesson, we'll look at what transfer credits are and how to transfer them to your school.

Types of College-Level Transfer Credit

9. Types of College-Level Transfer Credit

College can be expensive, but one way to save is by transferring credits to the college you are attending. In this lesson, we'll look at ways to earn and transfer credits, including some common limitations when transferring credits.

How to Test Out of College General Education Requirements

10. How to Test Out of College General Education Requirements

To save time and money on college, some students choose to test out of some of their classes. In this lesson, we'll examine what general education classes are, how students can test out of them, and how colleges apply credits earned in exams.

Do I Qualify for Scholarships or Financial Aid?

11. Do I Qualify for Scholarships or Financial Aid?

Financial aid vocabulary and procedures can be difficult to understand. This lesson will help by reviewing the different types of financial aid, how you can determine eligibility and how to maximize your financial aid possibilities.

FAFSA Tips: How to Apply for Financial Aid

12. FAFSA Tips: How to Apply for Financial Aid

Given the consistent rise in college tuition, finding ways to pay for college is on the forefront of every student's mind. Applying for college funding through the ''Federal Student Aid'' office is one of the easiest ways to begin. Listen to this lesson to find out how to get started with your Free Application for Federal Student Aid and be on your way to paying for college.

Applying for Scholarships at Your College

13. Applying for Scholarships at Your College

Scholarships award the recipient with financial aid that does not have to be repaid. This lesson covers ways to find individual school-sponsored scholarships and tips for increasing your odds of winning scholarships.

Applying for Private Scholarships

14. Applying for Private Scholarships

Private scholarships award the recipient with financial aid that does not have to be repaid. This lesson covers some of the ways to find private scholarships as well as tips for increasing your odds of winning private scholarships.

Understanding Your Work-Study Options

15. Understanding Your Work-Study Options

Work-study programs can help you finance your education and gain work experience for your resume. This lesson discusses work-study options, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and restrictions.

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Transferring credit to the school of your choice

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