Introduction: Getting Ready for College

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Your final step in your planning process is getting yourself ready for college. This includes deciding where to go, arranging the needed financial aid, moving to college, developing study skills, building discipline, and understanding money management.

When You Should Complete These Tasks

Accepting Your Admittance

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Getting Your Acceptance Letter
Check your mailbox for acceptance letters from colleges. If a college you are considering hasn't responded, contact the Admissions Office to follow-up.

Compare your letters
compare your acceptance letter, financial aid offers, and other criteria to narrow your selection down to 1-2 schools.Upon your selection of school(s), you will be required to send in a non-refundable deposit to secure your position in the Freshmen class. So make sure it's the right decision.

College Comparison and Profiles
you can profile two or more colleges on cost, student size, teacher ratio, and other criteria:

view college rankings by school criteria and other rankings
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Most schools have a May 1 Acceptance Deadline
Deposit money will likely be required to reserve your admission. Keep on track to meet these deadlines.

What If You Were Rejected

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Not everyone is going to get accepted to their college of choice. With the limited number of slots available, a sizable portion of applicants will be turned away.

Your college search plan has you submitting applications to multiple colleges. Use your comparison sheet to select the best alternate college for your undergraduate needs.

Other Options Your Might Consider

  • Community Colleges:
    some students start with a community colleges to improve their grades and study performance. After a period of time, they transfer their credits and grades to their college of choice.

    Make sure the course work you take at a community college will be accepted by your university. You want to avoid repeating classes and course work.
  • Online Programs:
    look into online programs for certain course work. Again this will give you the chance to prove your academic abilities that may be transferred to your college of choice.
  • Vocational Career Programs:
    learning a skill might be a great option while you wait to re-apply. Think about it, you could use your skill to work part-time while attending college.
  • Work for a Season:
    some students may work during the year and apply to their college of choice in the Summer or other off-season semester. The number of students attending during the summer are fewer giving you a better chance to be accepted.

    Some students may seek employment at the university. This does not guarantee acceptance later on. However it does give you an advantage when making an application for attendance.

    Check your college's employment listing

Keep Up Those Studies

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College Can Be A Lot of Fun But, it also requires late nights in the library to keep up with assignments and course exams.

You can find some helpful guides and books to help you along the way. Some samples from our college prep area:

It's more difficult to keep up with your college courses than it was in high school.

You will cover 5-10 times more reading material and assignments. You need to develop good study skills to keep up.

Some suggestions:

Achieving Success in College

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The most important thing to "take" when you start school is discipline and the motivation to succeed.

You will use discipline to:

  • keep up with your class assignments and readings
  • prepare for the mid-week exam
  • make preparations to continue school
  • pass each class with honors
  • graduate with honors
  • find that perfect job
  • build up your career
  • live a successful life

The ingredients of discipline include a well-rounded character with hope and motivation.

Learn more about building discipline and a better you.

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Complete guide on discipline and character building. Has illustrations on the building blocks of success.

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Find That Summer Job

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Use the summer to raise money you will need for college. Money earned can be used for tuition, housing, transportation and for fun entertainment.

If you worked last summer with a job you liked, go back and see if you can work with them again this coming summer. Or try to find a different summer job that fits your career goals:

jump over to our job center to search summer opportunities

More Job Related Sites

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  • Summer work programs:
    Job listing for teens from many brand-name retail and other name companies:
    another posting of summer jobs:
    job postings exclusively for teens:

  • Internship Programs:
    internships in your field of interest is a great way to get experience that will help you college


Get Ready for the Move

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What do you need to do?

Now that you have selected which college to attend, you now need to get yourself there ... plus setup your own home.

  • you need find housing
    either on-campus or off-campus
  • you need to think about transportation
    how are you going to get around town? Are you going to have your own car, motorbike, or use public transportation
  • you need stuff for the dorm
    we're talking about clothes, shoes, personal gear, computer, software, bed and bath linen, kitchenware, and anything else to setup home
  • you need to take care of essentials
    that includes bank accounts, insurance, local registrations, etc.
  • you need to plan for the move
    either by car, plane, train or plane. Are you shipping your items or taking them with you?
  • you need to get your school supplies
    includes books needed for your course work (save money by buying used), pencils, note pads, printing paper, and other study supplies
  • you need to start college
    familiarize yourself with campus facilities, campus safety, local services, recreation activities, and other.

Get ready. You need to "make-your-home" away from home. That means packing and gathering a few things. Download our FREE "Off-to-College" Checklist of moving items you should consider taking to school

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Credit Management 101

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Before making a decision about credit cards, student loans, and other credit financing, take a brief moment to view our affiliated center on credit card and debt management:

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Credit Management
summary review of credit management and how to start and develop your own credit skills. Topics include:

  • introduction: about credit
  • types of credit
  • about your credit report
  • applying for credit
  • establishing credit
  • maintaining good credit
  • repairing your credit

Debt Management
learn tactics to manage and avoid debt. Topics include:

  • about debt management
  • how much debt
  • solving your debt problems
  • managing credit card debt

Budget Management
develop important budgeting skills while in school. Topics include:

  • why budget
  • what's in the budget
  • developing a spending plan
  • tips: Lowing Your Bills

link to: SayEducate money management

Managing Your Money

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There will be a lot of money that will be changing hands over the next year. The question is how best to manage your money.

  1. Setup a checking account with your family bank.
    Many banks offer FREE student checking accounts. Use your checking account for ATM access and check writing such as paying tuition and monthly rent.
  2. Use your credit card for everything else.
    Whenever possible, use your credit card to pay for everything else. Many merchants will not accept student checks, so your credit card will be necessary (avoid carrying cash).
  3. Setup a College Budget:
    Make sure you budget your college expenses. You want to avoid having to borrow more money to finish the year.

    download FREE our college budgeting worksheet
    view our discussion on budgeting

Credit Card Use 101

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  • As a graduating high school student,
    you will be targeted by credit card companies on the "EASE" of using and having your own credit card.

    Think about it! Your own personal card to buy pizza, clothes, gas, music — you name it — without having to pawn money from your parents.
  • But there is a hitch.
    The credit card charges will come due in about 25 days. And if you are like most students, you won't have have enough money to pay your credit card off.
  • No problem!, say the credit card companies.
    Simply pay the minimum payment (which will be very low) and continue using your card as you like.
  • That is where the credit card companies entrap you — they want to keep you paying that low minimum payment from month-to-month.

    By paying just the minimum payment each month, it will take you about 23 years to pay off your by credit card balance.
  • What Type of Credit Card for School:

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Make It Happen!


By building the discipline in four distinct character traits.

1) physical
2) educational
3) social
4) spiritual

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Making the Move!

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What do you need when you move to college?

1) bed sheets
2) toothbrush
3) cooling fan
4) medicine box
5) hand vac
6) plus so much more

Grab our college moving checklist to help you pack for the big move

FREE: Moving Checklist

Save on Textbooks

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The cost of college textbooks can run as high as $800-$1,000 or more per semester. So shop around for:

1) new textbooks
2) used textbooks
3) rental textbooks

Shop and compare best deals from multiple online merchants.

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Job Center

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So what kind of jobs are availabe in your study at college?

Let's take a look to see if opportunities in your field are available and what skills sets you need:

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Achieving Success

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Achieving success in life requires 3 key ingredients:

1) planning
2) discipline
3) execution

Open our success module for FREE guides on these key success points.

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Helpful Tools


How can we help with college planning?

1) planning forms
2) manage money tips
3) job search
4) financial guides
5) calculators
6) plus so much more

Jump over to our tool for college planning and financial decision making.

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