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school_jeremyGoing to college can be scary. How will I pay for it? Where should I go? What should I major in? What if my grades aren’t good enough? How do I apply?

All of these are good questions, and this section will help you find answers to these questions and more. From finding your passion to figuring out how to make a career of it, accessing Educational and Training Vouchers (ETVs) to cover your expenses to getting involved in student life, Great Expectations is here to help you navigate the system to find the best school situation for you. Not sure if you’ve got what it takes? See how Andrea is making it happen.

Discover your interests

Don’t know what you want to study or what you’d be good at? Figure it out here.

Going to college

College isn’t extended high school. It’s different, and figuring out how to navigate the system can be a challenge. We’ve broken it down into easy steps.

Financial aid

Did you know that there are many resources available specifically for kids in foster care that can help you pay for college? We’ve made it easy to find them.

School life

College is a place where you can meet interesting people and have lots of different experiences. See what clubs and student groups Virginia’s Community Colleges have to offer.

Success stories

Andrea wants to become a social worker to help others. Find out how Great Expectations is helping her do that.


A checklist is a great, step-by-step way to keep track of what you need to do and when. Get started by printing off this one.

Find a Great Expectations Program

Need more help with school? Look here for the names and contact information for established Great Expectations programs across Virginia.

A major initiative of The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education
Virginia's Community Colleges
Funded in part by the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation