College

Choosing to follow the path of higher education is an investment into your future that can help you pursue the career of your dreams. Taking the path of college can lead you away from home, and help expand your horizons beyond what you have always known. Pursuing a degree can be costly and stressful, and we have put together some resources to help ease your transition from high school to college. 
FAFSA
Perhaps one of the most confusing aspects of the college application process is the dreaded FAFSA. All students planning on going to college are required to fill out a FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, determines family income and the amount of financial aid students qualify for. Click on FAFSA to learn about the most recent changes to the FAFSA by our writer Kali K. Brand. 

Instate vs. Out-of-State
One of the most determining factors in deciding where to go to school can be the tuition rates, and more specifically the higher tuition rates for schools outside of Alabama. Whether the degree you wish to pursue is not offered in Alabama, or the school of your dreams is outside the state line, we have options for you! Follow the link in the heading to consider how to lower your tuition. 

Dual Enrollment 
Graduating high school can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life, but even more so when graduating with two degrees. In addition to graduating with your high school diploma, you can also graudate with an associate's degree at the same time through dual enrollment. Dual Enrollment allows high school students to take classes at a local community college and receive credit for high school at the same time. Essentially, dual enrollment allows students to pursue two degrees with half the classes. Look into the community colleges in your area to find what programs they may offer for you. Follow the link in the header to learn more about dual enrollment, and the resources the state of Alabama has put together to allow students to take dual enrollment courses without additional costs. 

College Directory 
Choosing which collge is right for you begins with knowing your options. We have put together a directory of 2 year and 4 year colleges in the state of Alabama. Check out each of their websites to determine which ones have the programs you are interested in, and what they have to offer. It is always best to have multiple options in your selection process, so we recommend visiting multiple campuses.