Posted October 12, 2017 by QualityStudents in Strategies for Success

Making the Transition to College Life

Transition to College Life
Transition to College Life

How To Transition to College Life

Attending college is one of the most challenging and rewarding decisions that anyone makes for their future. Typically, there are two types of students: either you are just out of high school looking to further your education or you have been in the working world for a while and realized that further adult education will enhance your work. Signing up for classes, getting previous credits transferred in, then accepted and building a schedule are the easy parts. Finding full funding, changing your schedule around schooling and studying are the difficult aspects. Here are some ways to help transition to college life.

Paying for College

The primary challenge for most people as it relates to schooling is finding the funding for it. Via government subsidized Stafford Loans a student with 0-27 college credits will receive about $6,625 for the year. A second year student with 28-59 credits will receive approximately $7,500 in loans for the year. Finally, during the last two years of schooling a student will receive $10,500 for the year. This is about the time where you gasp and realize that your schooling will cost much more than the amounts listed here. So what does a non-financially blessed person do? There are many different options available.

Most students take out private, credit-based loans in addition to the government backed ones. It would also be wise to perform some research through your school and the Internet to find some scholarship and grant opportunities that are available. A word to the wise: Apply as soon as possible for scholarships because the application process is usually time consuming. Also be aware that when you apply for a scholarship, by the time it is sent to the school you will likely be in your next year’s worth of education.

Adjusting your Schedule

Whether you plan to attend school as a working student or not, finding a good schedule to fit your needs will be challenging to say the least. So, once you have decided upon a school and program to attend, sit down with your academic counselor to get scheduled for classes as quickly as possible. Do not delay here. The best class times, instructors and electives are quickly filled. If you are planning on a typical September start, you may want to be thinking about accomplishing these things in the springtime.

Finding time to Study

The final hurdle that slows people down in their successful pursuit of a degree is finding time to study. We are all busy with our lives and even more so if you have a family and a full time job and transition to college life is always challenging.  However, spending a few hours each night is the best action to take for scholastic success. Even if your schedule permits you to only work two hours per night and wrap up on the weekend, this is the best course of action. Do not attempt doing everything over the weekend, as you will soon find that school becomes overwhelming.

Ultimately, planning ahead and being fully informed about your degree program are sure fire ways to achieve success in school.

Here is an article you will also find helpful: Creative Ways to Pay for College

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