Originally Posted by female18-
thanks for that, studying online or a home course is definately what I want to do. I need to look into it all and choose a subject to study. Any suggestions? (I have my GED)
Well, as far as the looking into it, and the paper work and all that, it's actually pretty simple to get started. The first thing you want to do is fill out your FAFSA application, which is federal student aid. Everyone can get it, and that's where you'll get your free money, like your pell and state grants, which will pay for your tuition and books, and that's also where you'll get your loans, which will be your extra money. Go here, http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
the first thing you have to do is apply for a personal Identification number, a "pin" with the dept of education. In the "before beginning a fafsa" column, there's a link that says 'students and parents apply for a pin". Go from there. You'll need your social security number to do this. Then once that number comes in the mail, you can fill out your FAFSA online, at the same website. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
. After that they’ll send you an award letter specifying how much you’ll get. They’ll send this info to the schools you put on there as well. So before you fill out your fafsa, decide what schools are a possibility, probably the community colleges in you area and they’ll be a spot to fill that out on the form. Also, while your at it, contact the schools you like, you know, the ones with the cheapest tuition and best selection of online classes, and find out there application process. It isn’t like applying to Harvard, anyone can get into a community college. They’ll just need you to fell out a form, prove your id, and pay a small fee, which they’ll usually waive if you’re unemployed and get your hs transcripts. Then you’ll take a placement test, to see where you’re at for what classes you can take. Don’t even worry about it, I tested into pre-algebra, not exactly college level, but they’ll get you started there. Then If you do this, and they get your fafsa, you can register for classes. Don’t worry about money for books, most schools have a book store that will take it out of your financial aid, even before you get it. Then you’ll start classes, and about a week into it, you’ll get you’re big fat check. As far what you’ll study, you don’t have to decide yet, you’ll just take generals math, writing, history, science, etc, you’ll need that for any degree. I hope this isn’t tmi!
: It is definitely worth it though. Let me know if you have any questions. -Kelsey