- Look into getting a General Educational Development (GED) certificate if you don’t have a high school diploma; try searching online for “GED certificate” and your state’s name.
- Research careers and the need for various jobs in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Or, for an interactive tool, try the U.S. Department of Labor’s career search. For help identifying potential opportunities, visit www.careeronestop.org or contact your local community college.
- Use College Navigator to find the right school for your career intentions. Get tips on choosing a school.
- Ask employers to recommend schools that provide training in the skills you will need for the career you choose.
- Ask your employer if assistance is available to help you pay for school.
- Use the U.S. Department of Labor’s scholarship search to find scholarships.
- Apply for federal student aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).
- Get to know the financial aid staff at the school you plan to attend; they can help you with aid applications and explain the types of aid available.
- Use the College Scorecard to compare schools' annual costs, graduation rate, and median salary after attending.
- Learn about federal funding for your education.
- Discover why federal student loans are a better option than private loans.
- See how you might benefit from federal income tax credits for education expenses.