Choosing the right college, school or training program is a big decision. It may seem like that day is a long way off, but now is the best time to start planning. Here are some ways to get the information you will need.
1. Publications. Your teen should write to every place he is considering. The schools will send him brochures and other information. From it, your teen can find out about some of the basics: What are the requirements for admission? How much does it cost? What financial aid is available? Answers to these questions may help your teen eliminate some of the schools or programs.
2. Visits by school reps. Many schools send admissions officers into high schools. Your teen should check with her counselor to see when schools she’s considering are planning a visit.
3. Guides and directories. Today, there are almost as many guides to educational programs as there are to restaurants. And, like restaurant guides, some may be more to your teen’s taste. It’s a good idea to read several guides to compare what they say about the same school or program.
4. School visits. Finally, after all the “homework,” there is no substitute for visiting the school or training program you are considering. Your visits should come near the end of your teen’s decision process. Go along if you can so you can compare your impressions with his. It may take more than one visit.
Starting early to make a careful decision is sure to pay off.
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